Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty is a partial thickness corneal graft technique void of endothelium. DALK technique offers several advantages over penetrating keratoplasty such as it being an extraocular procedure, never entering into the anterior chamber. Additionally, there is no risk of endothelial rejection, and no need for immunosuppressive medications. DALK has shown similar VA outcomes when compared to PKP. IntraLase-enabled DALK offers a more accurately prepared and matched transplant. Patients should have been evaluated and deemed appropriate for such surgical intervention. Patients should have been educated about the risks and benefits of the procedure, including alternatives.
- Corneal dystrophy
- Femtosecond laser
- IntraLase-enabled deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty
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