DMEK Corneal Transplant in New York

DMEK is short for Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty. This procedure is very similar to DSAEK, except that the donor tissue we implant is even thinner than after DSAEK, with only the Descemet’s membrane and endothelium. As in DSAEK, there is an air bubble placed in the eye, so the patient must remain flat on his/her back for several days after surgery. DMEK has several advantages and disadvantages. The thinner DMEK tissue is slightly more prone to dislocation, in which case the air bubble will need to be replaced.

Both DSAEK and DMEK offer advantages over standard corneal transplant. The eye surface remains intact and thus more resistant to infection. There are fewer sutures and fewer suture-related problems. Visual recovery is more rapid. DMEK may provide slightly more rapid visual recovery and slightly lower risk of rejection. DMEK is the latest and most sophisticated technique for replacement of damaged endothelial cells. DMEK is not suitable for every type of corneal edema – some situations are better-treated with DSAEK or full-thickness corneal transplant. We will review with you the available options to help select the best procedure for your specific situation.

Discover expert care from a corneal specialist by calling 212-650-0400 or using our convenient Request an Appointment form. Patients come to us from Scarsdale, Chappaqua and Manhattan, New York, Newark, New Jersey, Greenwich, Connecticut and surrounding areas.

Surgical Services

  • Cataract

    A cataract forms when the naturally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy.

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  • Laser Vision Correction

    Did you know? You can have LASIK for nearsightedness, farsightedness,...

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  • Corneal Transplant

    The cornea is the transparent front wall of the eye. A variety of conditions...

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  • DSAEK

    DSAEK is short for Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty...

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  • DMEK

    DMEK is short for Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty. This procedure is...

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  • Collagen Cross-Linking

    When the cornea becomes weakened by keratoconus, another corneal disease or...

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  • Pterygium

    A pterygium is a wing-shaped growth on the eye’s conjunctiva that extends...

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  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction

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Medical Services

  • Glasses and Custom Contacts

    Contact lenses are a great alternative for people who don’t want to wear eyeglasses.

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  • Dry Eyes

    Dry eye is a catch-all term referring to ocular surface disease. With ocular...

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  • Blepharitis

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  • Diabetic Eyes

    Diabetic eye disease is actually a group of conditions that affect people...

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  • Macular Degeneration

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  • Diagnostic Tools

    Eastside Eye Surgeons uses leading-edge technology for the evaluation and...

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  • Vision Disorders

    From amblyopia (lazy eye) to uveitis (inflammation of the middle eye), there...

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  • Eye Exams

    Drs. Sid Mandelbaum perform comprehensive eye examinations.

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Sid Mandelbaum, MD, FACS

Dr. Sid Mandelbaum has been in practice in New York since 1986. After completing his undergraduate work at Columbia University, he went on to receive his medical degree...

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Michael Borodkin, MD

Dr. Michael J. Borodkin is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine...

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Samantha Rao, OD

Dr. Samantha Rao is a residency-trained optometrist who provides full scope eye health and vision care. She is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Optometry...

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