Hospital da Luz Lisboa Performs the First DMEK Corneal Transplant

Hospital da Luz Lisboa’s Service of Ophthalmology is the first private unit to perform corneal transplants using DMEK technique.

The Service of Ophthalmology from Hospital da Luz Lisboa performed last 20 August the first corneal transplant using DMEK technique. Executed by ophthalmologist Paulo Guerra, this was the first corneal transplant of the kind made in a private hospital in Portugal with therapeutic success.

DMEK (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty) is the most recent and advanced kind of posterior lamellar corneal transplant, consisting in the transplantation of the endothelium and Descemet membrane, with no need of sutures.

This technique has shown unprecedented visual results in endothelial (corneal) transplantation, evaluated by different studies.
When compared with other transplant techniques, DMEK is the one with the best visual results, namely enhanced vision and quicker visual recovery. Considering the small extension of tissue transplanted, it is also the corneal transplant with lower rate of rejection (estimated in 2%), enabling a shorter corticosteroid topic therapy.

Paulo Guerra also exercises ophthalmology at Hospital da Luz Clínica da Amadora, being a specialist in cornea, implant refractive surgery, cataracts and glaucoma.