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What is DLEK?

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What is DLEK?Deep Lamellar Endothelial Keratoplasty (DLEK) is usually performed to correct damage to your cornea caused by cell loss or endothelial dystrophy, a condition responsible for many vision problems. It is a particularly delicate corneal transplant surgery, and requires the experience of a skilled ophthalmologist. Binghamton eye surgeon Dr. Daniel Sambursky has the decades of specialized experience required to safely perform DLEK.

You may benefit from DLEK treatment if you suffer from symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision: Often occurring in the waking hours of the morning, blurriness gradually improves as the day progresses. Over time, vision may take longer to return to normal, or may not return at all.
  • Light sensitivity: This condition can cause physical discomfort, and often correlates with poor night vision and/or the appearance of halos surrounding light sources.
  • Cloudy appearance of the cornea: Foggy-looking corneas can be indicative of endothelial dystrophy, but are also related to other conditions, like glaucoma.
  • Small blisters: These tiny aberrations appear on the cornea’s surface, and can sometimes burst, causing considerable pain.

How Does the Procedure Work?

DLEK vision correction replaces affected corneal tissue with a graft of healthy cells from a corneal tissue donor. These new cells keep your cornea unobstructed by constantly flushing out fluids, rejuvenating your vision’s clarity.

DLEK is an appealing to many patients because it does not require stitches, and the recovery time is dramatically shortened: only one week.

If you or a family member suffers from the effects of corneal tissue damage or other corneal problems, call 877-333-0700 today to schedule your free consultation and find out if DLEK is right for you. Dr. Sambursky is an experienced Binghamton eye surgeon who serves patients in the Binghamton, Elmira, Corning and Ithaca NY areas.

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