Surgeon discourages combining DMEK with phaco

WARSAW — Phakic eyes fare better than pseudophakic eyes after Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty, and given the low incidence of induced cataract development, there is no reason to combine DMEK with phaco, according to one surgeon. Fearing that endothelial grafts may be damaged by postoperative cataract development and subsequent phaco surgery, surgeons sometimes choose to combine the two procedures, Jack Parker, MD, said at the winter meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

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