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ISRN Transplantation
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 713153, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Double-Glide Method Using Cathereep Protective Sheet As a Substitute in Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty

1Department of Ophthalmology, Juntendo University Shizuoka Hospital, 1129, Nagaoka, Izunokuni, Shizuoka 410-2295, Japan
2Department of Ophthalmology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, 2-1-1, Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8421, Japan

Received 30 May 2012; Accepted 31 July 2012

Academic Editors: H.-J. Kim and W. Lim

Copyright © 2013 Hiroshi Toshida et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. For the insertion of the donor graft in Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), the double-glide method using a Busin glide and intraocular lens (IOL) glide concomitantly has been shown to be effective. The aim of this report is to evaluate the results for the double-glide method using Cathereep (Nichiban, Tokyo, Japan), a protective sheet made of polyurethane film for medical use, as a substitute for an IOL glide. Materials and Methods. The subjects were 10 eyes of 10 patients with bullous keratopathy. The DSAEK operation was performed, and the double-glide method was used for the donor graft insertion. During the operation, an IOL glide was used for the 5 eyes, and the Cathereep protection sheet was used for the remaining 5 eyes. We trimmed approximately 5 mm wide strips from the nonadhesive area surrounding the Cathereep protection sheet. Results. The donor graft was inserted equally easily with the Cathereep protective sheet and IOL glides and improvement of visual acuity was noted in both groups significantly. A favorable postoperative course was obtained with no perioperative complications including endothelial damage. Conclusions. Cathereep protective sheet can be used as a substitute for an IOL glide for double-glide method in DSAEK.