Higher Cataract Formation Risk in Older DSEK Patients

According to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, patients who are at least 50-years-old and have undergone Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) are more likely than younger patients to develop cataracts.

This is because older people’s eyes are losing accommodation and leaving the natural lens in after DSEK is less beneficial, says one of the author’s of the study. However, younger patients are much more likely to be able to respond to cataract surgery and so this is still a viable option for them.

The author and her colleagues write that DSEK patients should be counseled about the potential risks of cataracts forming after the eye surgery, and what their options are.

The study included 60 phakic eyes that had undergone DSEK, but only included first-treated eyes in patients that were treated bilaterally. The median age of the patients was 52. Results showed that 22 eyes, or 37 percent, needed cataract surgery after DSEK. At the time the surgeries were needed, median age of the patients was 57. The probability of undergoing cataract surgery after DSEK was up to 40 percent within three years. However, in 20 patients who were no older than 50, the probability of undergoing cataract surgery within three years was only seven percent.

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