DSAEK Surgery

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DSAEK Surgery at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado

What is DSAEK Surgery?

DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) is a type of corneal transplant that involves replacing only the damaged section of corneal tissue with healthy donor tissue, rather than replacing the full cornea. In the past, full thickness corneal transplants, called penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), were the only method of replacing the diseased endothelial layer of the cornea.

DSAEK partial thickness corneal transplants are the new standard in corneal transplant surgery. With DSAEK, smaller incisions are made, fewer sutures are used, and recovery time is reduced, allowing quicker restoration of visual acuity.

Dr. Jason Mayer is our fellowship-trained corneal specialist who performs this procedure. He routinely perform DSAEK in our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center located on-site at our Fort Collins facility.

Who Is A Candidate?

How Does DSAEK Work?

The procedure starts with the patient lying under a specially designed microscope with a topical (eye drop) anesthetic applied to the eye. This ensures no pain during the procedure.

There are two parts to the procedure:

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Why Choose us for DSAEK Surgery?

The Eye Center of Northern Colorado provides specialty cornea care for all issues relating to the cornea. Dr. Jason Mayer is our board certified and fellowship-trained corneal specialists. He offers diagnosis, treatment, and education about medical issues related to the cornea. We have locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley as well as satellite clinics in other cities throughout Northern Colorado, and Wyoming.

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Meet Our Doctors

Ophthalmologists at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado are fellowship-trained and offer care in many areas of specialty, medical, and surgical care.

Patient Testimonials

If you have a baby with eye problems, this is the place to go and Dr. Patrick Arnold is the man to see. Our nine-month-old son has exotropia and today he had the surgery to help fix it. Everything went as perfectly as any parent sending their baby into surgery could possibly hope for. I’m mostly writing this review as a thank you to the nurses we worked with when we were in there.
Ashlie S.
Pediatrics Eye Care
I do a lot of outdoor activities in Colorado and with the dry air, my contact lenses were almost unbearable at times. That led me to looking in having LASIK surgery. The process was smooth and convenient. Now I can enjoy my activities with clear vision and pain free.
Dr. David Sehr
LASIK Surgery
Dr. Arnold has been our saving grace with our son. We were referred to him by our eye doctor in Cheyenne, WY when we could get to the bottom of why my son’s eye wasn’t healing from what we thought were scratches. He has taken such great care of our son. He is so patient and makes the young patients and their parents feel as ease. So thankful for him.
Jason R.
Pediatrics Eye Care
As a radiologist, my career depends on my vision. I had always wanted to rid myself of my glasses but was hesitant to take the plunge. After several of my partners had the procedure done and reported great results, I had my LASIK done with Dr. Robinson. After wearing glasses for 35 years, it is wonderful to be able to see the world without them.
Bruce Berkowitz, MD
LASIK Surgery
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