The end of the Heisei era is approaching, and our team has experienced some important changes during 2018. First, the Ichikawa Hospital renovated its facilities, as it has been more than 25 years since it was first built. Our department, too, has seen changes: we have moved home, from 6W to 4E; and both the corneal transplant and patient examination rooms have been given a complete overhaul. This means that we can now offer our patients a much more efficient service while reducing the period of hospitalization.
At the Cornea Center & Eye Bank, we have started using a new microkeratome system for the pre-cutting of donor corneas for DSAEK. Eye bank coordinators are now able to produce DSAEK grafts with much better accuracy and reproducibility. The Coordinator, Mr. Nishisako, has even published a paper on our new system in a major international journal. In the future, we will also be able to offer donor corneas prepared this way to other hospitals around Japan. Major relocation of staff members is almost upon us in the coming year, so we are very excited right now. All this signals a new and promising phase in our work here.