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J Refract Surg. 2009 Sep;25(9):S812-8. doi: 10.3928/1081597X-20090813-10. Epub 2009 Sep 11.

Comparison of sequential vs same-day simultaneous collagen cross-linking and topography-guided PRK for treatment of keratoconus.

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1 Institute, Athens, Greece; New York University Medical College and Manhattan Eye, EAr and Throat Hospital, New York, NY, USA.



The safety and efficacy of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) and topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using a different sequence and timing were evaluated in consecutive keratoconus cases.


This study included a total of 325 eyes with keratoconus. Eyes were divided into two groups. The first group (n=127 eyes) underwent CXL with subsequent topography-guided PRK performed 6 months later (sequential group) and the second group (n=198 eyes) underwent CXL and PRK in a combined procedure on the same day (simultaneous group). Statistical differences were examined for pre- to postoperative changes in uncorrected (UCVA, logMAR) and best-spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA, logMAR), manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE), keratometry (K), topography, central corneal thickness, endothelial cell count, corneal haze, and ectatic progression. Mean follow-up was 36+/-18 months (range: 24 to 68 months).


At last follow-up in the sequential group, the mean UCVA improved from 0.9+/-0.3 logMAR to 0.49+/-0.25 logMAR, and mean BSCVA from 0.41+/-0.25 logMAR to 0.16+/-0.22 logMAR. Mean reduction in spherical equivalent refraction was 2.50+/-1.20 diopters (D), mean haze score was 1.2+/-0.5, and mean reduction in K was 2.75+/-1.30 D. In the simultaneous group, mean UCVA improved from 0.96+/-0.2 logMAR to 0.3+/-0.2 logMAR, and mean BSCVA from 0.39+/-0.3 logMAR to 0.11+/-0.16 logMAR. Mean reduction in spherical equivalent refraction was 3.20+/-1.40 D, mean haze score was 0.5+/-0.3, and mean reduction in K was 3.50+/-1.3 D. Endothelial cell count preoperatively and at last follow-up was unchanged (P<.05) in both groups. Statistically, the simultaneous group did better (P<.05) in all fields evaluated, with improvement in UCVA and BSCVA, a greater mean reduction in spherical equivalent refraction and keratometry, and less corneal haze.


Same-day simultaneous topography-guided PRK and CXL appears to be superior to sequential CXL with later PRK in the visual rehabilitation of progressing keratoconus.

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