Lamellar Surgery and the Future of Corneal Transplants

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2015 Symposium

Roger F. Steinert, MD


June 11, 2015

April, as most of you know, is the month in which the annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) meeting is held. And for those who were specifically interested in cornea, the World Cornea Congress preceded this year's ASCRS meeting, with the general sessions beginning on the Saturday.

I think the opening general session for this year's meeting was one of the best that we've ever had. In particular, the highlight was the Binkhorst Lecture presented by Dr Donald Tan[1] from Singapore.

Dr Tan has been one of the innovators in discovering and developing new techniques for the successful implantation of both the Descemet membrane and the endothelium in diverse corneal situations, with and without keratoplasty and cataract surgery.

In his lecture, Dr Tan spoke about lamellar keratoplasty and its implications for us in corneal transplantation. In addition, he discussed how to retain or restore the clarity of the cornea in those situations of greatest importance to the patient. As one of the world's experts in the development of new techniques for lamellar keratoplasty, he reviewed his work in great technical detail.

The techniques Dr Tan described within the Binkhorst Lecture were very informative, and I think many surgeons left feeling energized and eager to explore these new techniques in an effort to improve the outcomes for their own patients.


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