The Marietta Eye Clinic is proud to announce it now offers Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), a new and preferred method of corneal transplantation, through Andre Cohen, M.D.
DMEK benefits patients who experience pain or vision problems due to swelling or cloudiness of the cornea. These symptoms are often caused by damage to endothelial cells, which are normally responsible for keeping the cornea dehydrated. DMEK involves replacing the endothelial cell layer in a damaged cornea. It can restore vision, reduce pain, and improve the appearance of the eye.
The procedure is a corneal graft operation in which only the Descemet’s membrane and endothelium are replaced. It is a partial corneal transplant. In a traditional, full-thickness corneal transplant, all layers of the cornea are replaced with donor tissue. Due to advancements in technology, more targeted methods have greatly reduced this method of corneal transplantation.
“I am always amazed by how natural patients’ eyes appear after DMEK surgery and how quickly they regain vision,” Cohen says.
DMEK is more technically challenging than other corneal transplant procedures. Compared to Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), the graft layer in DMEK is thinner because it replaces only what is removed. Dr. Cohen is one of the few eye surgeons in Georgia to offer this procedure.
Despite the technical challenges, DMEK offers patients three important advantages. A study from the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery found that, in comparison with earlier endothelial keratoplasty methods, patients who undergo DMEK have better vision after the procedure and heal more quickly with a lower risk of complications. The study found that 77% of patients were able to have their vision corrected to 20/25 at six months, while 50% of patients at six months were able to experience 20/20 vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that the risks of transplant rejection in DMEK are low, only seen in 1% to 3% of cases.
“Our specialty is a rapidly changing one, practically reinventing itself every five years,” Dr. Cohen says. “I do everything I can to stay abreast of new surgical techniques and technologies that will make me a better surgeon.”
Dr. Cohen has performed thousands of eye surgeries. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He specializes in cataract, cornea, and LASIK and refractive surgery. He is a member of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Cohen was inspired to pursue medicine when his family was coldly informed by a doctor that his father had only a few months to live. That experience drove him to become someone who could provide patients with hope. Though he originally planned to become a heart surgeon, he chose ophthalmology because of the ability it gave him to change how people see the world. He says before he agrees to perform any surgery, he asks himself if he would do the same thing for his mother. By the way, Dr. Cohen’s father is doing fine. Read Dr. Cohen’s full bio here.
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