Simple, inexpensive, and effective injector for descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty

Eun Chul Kim, Gustavo Bonfadini, Leisha Todd, Angela Zhu, Albert S. Jun

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Abstract

Purpose: We describe an inexpensive, simple, and effective endothelium-Descemet membrane (EDM) graft injector assembled from regular operating room supplies in Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). Methods: To assemble the injector, standard intravenous tubing was cut approximately 2 inches from the Luer lock end, leaving a steep bevel. The cut end of the tubing was firmly wedged bevel up and advanced into the back of an Alcon IOL B cartridge. The Luer lock end of the tubing was then attached to a 5- or 10-mL syringe filled with BSS Plus. The EDM graft was then placed into a Petri dish filled with BSS. After the graft was sucked into an injector with bevel-side up under the surgical microscope, the graft was then inserted into the anterior chamber with the injector through the main incision in the superotemporal quadrant. Results: In seven eyes of seven patients with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy treated with DMEK using our injector, clear attached grafts and improved visual acuity were achieved. Conclusions: This simple, inexpensive, and effective injector is a safe and viable device to facilitate this part of DMEK surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalCornea
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • DMEK injector
  • Descemet membrane
  • Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty
  • corneal endothelium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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