The discoverer of the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer), Professor Harminder Dua, was presented with the 11th BCLA Pioneers Lecture Award at the inaugural BCLA Pioneers & Visionaries Conference in London on 17 November.
The award was presented to Prof Duaby the president of the BCLA, Susan Bowers.
In his presentation, entitled ‘The novel pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer): its discovery, characterisation, clinical implications and surgical applications’, Professor Dua told delegates how the discovery of a distinct layer in the pre-Descemet’s stroma had considerably improved current understanding of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and endothelial keratoplasty, and had made DALK a safer procedure.
With regards to surgical applications, Professor Dua predicted that pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK) would replace Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) within the next few years. ...read more