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J Refract Surg. 1996 Feb;12(2):S290-2.

Successful phototherapeutic keratectomy for recurrent erosions in bullous keratopathy.

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Eye-Hospital, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The treatment of patients with recurrent erosions due to bullous keratopathy is disappointing in cases when penetrating keratoplasty cannot be performed. A trial has been made to prevent recurrent erosions through the smoothing of the cornea with the excimer laser.

METHODS:

Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) was performed after removal of the epithelium.

RESULTS:

Sixteen patients (17 eyes) with recurrent erosions due to bullous keratopathy were treated. The mean follow-up period was 17.2 months (range: 3 to 32 months). All patients responded well to the treatment; their pain subsided after a few weeks. In four cases, a second treatment was necessary because areas with loose epithelium remained, which resulted in recurrent erosions. No complications have been seen so far.

CONCLUSION:

Excimer laser PTK is an effective, easy to perform treatment of bullous keratopathy.

PMID:
8653513
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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