DMEK Conrea Transplant Surgery Specialist

Matthew Kruger, M.D.

Ophthalmologist located in Denver, CO

Being able to transform someone’s life with the gift of improved sight is one of the greatest pleasures Matthew Kruger, MD, receives at his ophthalmology practice in Denver. Through the latest technology and the most advanced method of corneal surgery for Fuchs’ Dystrophy, Dr. Kruger performs Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) corneal transplant surgeries. If you’re experiencing vision loss as a result of corneal problems, Dr. Kruger may be able to help restore your vision with DMEK cornea transplant surgery. Call to schedule a consultation to learn about this innovative, life-changing procedure.

DMEK Cornea Transplant Surgery Q & A

What is DMEK cornea transplant surgery?

Your cornea is the transparent dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for 75% of your ability to focus on objects. A cornea transplant, or keratoplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces part of your damaged or diseased cornea with healthy corneal tissue from a donor. Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) allows Dr. Kruger to remove selective parts of the diseased Descemet membrane, rather than the entire tissue.

Dr. Kruger performs DMEK cornea transplants as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia, focusing on preserving as much of your natural corneal tissue as possible. As one of the first surgeons in Denver to offer DMEK, Dr. Kruger learned the procedure first-hand from Mark Terry, MD, the most experienced DMEK surgeon in North America. DMEK is the most advanced surgery for Fuchs’ Dystrophy — a condition that causes your cornea to swell and distort your vision — as well as other causes of corneal dysfunction.

What are conditions does DMEK cornea transplant surgery treat?

DMEK surgery can restore vision, relieve pain, and improve the appearance of a damaged cornea. In addition to Fuchs’ Dystrophy, a number of other conditions respond well to DMEK cornea transplants, including:

  • A thinning cornea
  • Scarring from injury or infection
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Corneal swelling or outward bulging (keratoconus)
  • Corneal clouding
  • Complications from a previous eye surgery
  • Eye trauma
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Dry eyes

If you’re experiencing gradual vision loss, increased glare, or eye discomfort as a result of an existing eye condition, a DMEK cornea transplant may help restore your vision and help relieve pain.

What can I expect with DMEK cornea transplant surgery?

Everyone is different and Dr. Kruger is exceptionally skilled at tailoring your DMEK surgery to your specific needs. He surgically removes the damaged or diseased tissue from your eye and implants the donor corneal tissue into your eye. It’s highly unlikely that your body will reject the donor tissue, so the success rate from DMEK transplant surgery is high.

As you recover from the surgery, you use steroid eye drops to assist the healing process, and you attend regularly scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Kruger so he can monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery. Many patients experience restored vision and an improved quality of life after DMEK cornea transplant surgery.

Vision loss doesn’t have to be in your future, even if you’ve suffered an illness or injury. Learn more about this advanced treatment for serious eye conditions by calling to schedule an appointment.