Physicians and scientists at Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research have pioneered a new surgical instrument that will improve corneal transplant outcomes for patients. The new LEITR Micro Modified Jones Tube for DMEK 2.0 incision is used in DMEK and PDEK lamellar corneal surgery, and the instrument needs only a single 2.0 mm incision in the cornea to help doctors deliver sight-saving surgery.
Traditional injectors require a minimum of a 2.5 mm incision and multiple sutures. The new LEITR Micro Modified Jones Tube for DMEK 2.0 incision reduces the size of the incision and limits the procedure to only one cut instead of two. This tool and surgical method eliminates the need for sutures and results in faster recovery time for patients.
“This drastically shortens the learning curve for DMEK and PDEK,” Dr. Ahad Mahootchi, from the Eye Clinic of Florida, said in a company news release. “Pre-stained, pre-stamped, preloaded with post-prep verification that the endothelial cells are healthy. Even better, it goes through a 2mm incision. It can’t get any easier for a surgeon!”
A leader in this technique, the Lions Eye Institute has more than 250 successful preloaded DMEK grafts transplanted to date. The organization played a pivotal role as the first to bring the pre-loaded DMEK and PDEK grafts to market.
“Using the new, proprietary design of the LEITR Micro Modified Jones Tube for DMEK 2.0 incision, we continue our march of innovation, advancing corneal surgery techniques and improving outcomes for patients worldwide,” said Jason K. Woody, President and CEO of Lions Eye Institute. “We are excited to share this new advancement in corneal surgery with the world.”
Before pre-loaded DMEK grafts, the prep-time process made the procedure longer for the patient and more complicated for the surgeon. Now with the new LEITR Micro Modified Jones Tube for DMEK 2.0 incision, Lions Eye Institute is leading the industry with the smallest injector in the market.
The new LEITR Micro Modified Jones Tube for DMEK 2.0 incision is designed for DMEK and PDEK, a partial-thickness corneal transplant that replaces the innermost layer of the cornea. DMEK stands for Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty and PDEK stands for Pre-Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty.
The new LEITR Micro Modified Jones Tube for DMEK 2.0 incision is being introduced to surgeons at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting in April.