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Ophthalmology. 1988 Apr;95(4):526-32.

The nationwide study of epikeratophakia for aphakia in older children.

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  • 1LSU Eye Center, LSU Medical Center School of Medicine, New Orleans 70112.

Abstract

A nationwide study of epikeratophakia for aphakia in older children was conducted from March 1984 to March 1986. Sixty-three patients, 8 to 18 years of age, underwent this procedure in 65 eyes. Twenty-eight patients had congenital cataracts and 35 had traumatic cataracts. Fifty-one of the 65 eyes were aphakic at the time of surgery (secondary procedures). All surgeries were successful; no tissue lenses were lost or removed. Postoperatively, 73% of the patients were within 3 diopters (D) of emmetropia. The patients with congenital cataracts gained an average of one Snellen line of best-corrected visual acuity; patients with traumatic cataracts lost an average of one Snellen line of best-corrected visual acuity. In older pediatric patients, epikeratophakia appears to be a safe and effective procedure for the correction of aphakia.

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