Removal of retained descemets membrane using femtosecond laser

William May, Sultan Alrashidi, Yassine J. Daoud

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We present a unique method of retrocorneal membrane removal with a femtosecond laser (FSL). A 22-year-old male who had undergone penetrating keratoplasty had a retained retrocorneal membrane and a double anterior chamber postoperatively. The membrane was dissected completely with the FSL and the free-floating membrane was removed. Histopathological evaluation confirmed the diagnosis of retained Descemets membrane (DM). There was improvement in uncorrected visual acuity from 20/300 to 20/50. Central corneal endothelial cell count was 810 cells/mm 2 preoperatively and 778 cells/mm 2 postoperatively. Inadvertent retention of DM may be safely treated with the FSL. Clarity and viability of the existing graft can be maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-261
Number of pages3
JournalMiddle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Cornea Transplant
  • Descemets Membrane
  • Femtosecond Laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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