Refractive surgery after Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty

Jessica Prince, Roy S. Chuck

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) has become a preferred surgical correction for endothelial dysfunction. Patient dissatisfaction secondary to refractive error is emerging as a significant complaint after anatomically successful DSEK. This article reviews refractive surgeries after DSEK to address this problem. RECENT FINDINGS: There are various surgical options available to treat refractive compromise following DSEK. Cataract extraction with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation is a well tolerated option to restore visual acuity after DSEK in cases with significant lens opacities. Laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) can otherwise successfully correct simple refractive errors. Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) may be employed in cases wherein visually significant subepithelial fibrosis and scarring become evident after DSEK. SUMMARY: To obtain maximum visual rehabilitation, patients undergoing DSEK may require further refractive surgeries. Cataract extraction, LASIK, PRK, PTK, and various combination procedures have been shown to optimize corneal clarity and visual acuity in patients who previously had successful DSEK with subsequent refractive errors. Technological advancements and continued research are necessary to perfect optimal timing and outcomes of these secondary refractive surgeries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-245
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent opinion in ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty
  • refractive error
  • refractive surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


Dive into the research topics of 'Refractive surgery after Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this