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How long is the recovery from a DSEK procedure?

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  • AMarian S. Macsai, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    In the advanced DSEK procedure, only one or two stitches is needed in the eye. After laying still in the recovery room for an hour, patients are sent home with a patch on their eye and instructions to take it easy for the first day. More than 95% of the time, the new donor cells are in place the next day and normal vision typically returns in 4 to 12 weeks, as opposed to the year-plus following full thickness corneal replacement. The smaller incision also helps alleviate the potential for a weak spot susceptible to future trauma.
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