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KDMC Introduces Sutureless Corneal Transplants

Nagra.Parveen ASHLAND, KY  — King’s Daughters ophthalmologist Parveen Nagra, M.D., recently started performing a revolutionary new corneal transplant procedure that offers faster healing for patients.

Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) is an outpatient procedure that involves the insertion of a thin piece of donor corneal tissue through a small incision on the side of the eye. This tissue adheres to the back surface of the old cornea and clears the corneal swelling. Dr. Nagra says the DSAEK procedure reduces the chance of a devastating hemorrhage during the surgery or infection afterward.

“Since we use a small incision, the eye is stronger so that if it is inadvertently struck there is less likelihood of a serious injury,” she adds.

For many years, full thickness corneal transplantation has been the gold standard for patients with corneal difficulties. The procedure requires the complete removal of the cornea followed by replacement with a donor cornea, which is secured to the eye with a series of fine stitches to maintain strength and stability.

“Another advantage of DSAEK is the speed in which patients recover,” Dr. Nagra continues. “Vision is typically restored within one to three months following DSAEK, versus one to two years with the traditional corneal transplantation,” she says.

Dr. Nagra, who joined the medical center staff in July, is practicing in association with fellow ophthalmologist Ray Mecca, M.D. Their office is located at 2119 Carter Ave., Ashland. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

In 1999, Dr. Nagra earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed an internship in 2000 at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Nagra completed her residency (2003) and a fellowship in cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery (2004) at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.

The Mecca Eye Clinic can be reached by calling (606) 329-2243. To learn more about KDMC’s medical staff, please call 1-888-377-KDMC or visit the KDMC Physician Directory.

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