Moorfields DMEK wet lab

DMEK (Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty) is currently the most common technique of corneal transplantation, with Moorfields Eye Hospital currently performing the largest number of DMEK surgeries in Europe.

This wet lab, delivered by Moorfields corneal surgeons, will provide hands-on experience using human corneas to fellows and consultants who wish to start performing DMEK or to improve their current surgical skills.


The Moorfields DMEK wet lab is aimed at corneal specialists who wish to start performing this operation or to improve their surgical skills. Our purpose is to allow participants to acquire basic skills and familiarise with the “DMEK Moorfields standard technique” before operating on real patients. We will provide hands-on real experience using human corneas and personalised instruction by Moorfields corneal consultants, who have extensive experience in DMEK and have expanded the indications of this technique to complex cases.

We expect participants to familiarise with the different key steps of the technique and improve confidence level in their performance. The wet lab will replicate real conditions for donor preparation, marking the graft and loading, insertion and techniques for unfolding the graft in the anterior chamber.

Moorfields corneal consultants will provide surgical training but will also deliver video presentations highlighting essential points and recommendations for every step of the surgery as well as additional lectures regarding preventing and treating complications.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for fellows and consultants who wish to start performing DMEK or to improve their current surgical skills.

CPD Certification

CPD points will be applied for and certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

Your course tutors

The instructors for the wet lab will be experienced DMEK Moorfields corneal consultants:

  • Alfonso Vasquez-Perez (coordinator).
  • Bruce Allan.
  • Daniel Sibley.
  • Mark Wilkins.
  • Martin Watson.
  • Nicola Lau.
  • Sajjad Ahmad.
  • Vincenzo Maurino.
Course Supporters

We are grateful for the support of Thea Pharmaceuticals and Altomed in running this course.



Next course date

The next date for this course will be Friday 11 October 2024. If you would like to notified when bookings open, please join the waiting list.

Please note that due to the practical nature of this course, a maximum of 20 places are available.

Start Date
Duration One day

Course fees


This was one of the highest quality courses I have done. The talks were really relevant and well delivered. The venue and wet lab was exceptional.

Anonymous delegate, October 2023.