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  • Ahmed Saleh

KKESH performs first Middle East DMEK surgery, transplanting inner corneal lining

Riyadh, October 30, 2023, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) has achieved a groundbreaking milestone by performing the Middle East's first-ever Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) surgery, involving the transplantation of the delicate inner corneal lining.

Dr. Mohammed Almutlak, the Head of the Eye Bank at KKESH, emphasized the hospital's significant role as a reference center for various corneal transplant procedures. He underscored that this pioneering procedure was made possible through a collaborative effort between KKESH and the Lions World Vision Institute.

Dr. Almutlak highlighted the invaluable impact of corneal donations in restoring vision for numerous patients, signifying the hospital's commitment to advancing ophthalmological care.

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