New breakthrough technology halves the need for traditional full thickness corneal transplantation. Almost half of corneal blindness is due to a disease within the inner layer of the cornea, the endothelium. The breakthrough recognised that the endothelium can restore itself, which was previously not understood.
Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), that Gerrit Mellis was on the cutting edge of developing, has been a major corneal surgical advance because it has meant that almost half of cases that previously required transplantation of the entire cornea can now be undertaken by replacing only the diseased layer – the endothelium.
It was a particular pleasure to welcome Dr Mike Striko again among the principal teachers to our recent DMEK course held on Sunday 25 February 2018. It was the second occasion Mike has joined us, having been here last year. This year we also welcomed Dr Jod Mehta, recently appointed Head of the Singapore National Eye Centre, as our other international guest lecturer. Both Mike and Jod are in demand of teachers of this DMEK course internationally.
Our international guests were joined by our Australian teacher colleagues: Dr John Males, Dr Andrew Pell and Dr Greg Moloney. This is the third year of this course that was initiated in our research and training laboratory by Dr Moloney.