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Ophthalmic Res. 2011;46(2):107-12. doi: 10.1159/000323814. Epub 2011 Feb 11.

Surface quality of porcine corneal lenticules after Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the surface characteristics of porcine corneal lenticules after Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction.

METHODS:

The Carl Zeiss Meditec AG VisuMax® femtosecond laser system was used to create refractive corneal lenticules on 10 freshly isolated porcine eyes. The surface regularity on the corneal lenticules recovered was evaluated by assessing scanning electron microscopy images using an established scoring system.

RESULTS:

All specimens yielded comparable score results of 5-7 points (SD = 0.59) per lenticule (score range minimum 4 to maximum 11 points). Surface irregularities were caused by tissue bridges, cavitation bubbles or scratches.

CONCLUSION:

The Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction procedure is capable of creating corneal lenticules of predictable surface quality. However, future studies should focus on the optimization of laser parameters as well as surgical technique to improve the regularity of the corneal stromal bed.

PMID:
21311205
DOI:
10.1159/000323814
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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