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Diamond burr superficial keratectomy with mitomycin C for corneal scarring and high corneal astigmatism after pterygium excision

Authors Ozgurhan EB, Kara N, Yildirim A, Alkin Z, Bozkurt E, Demirok A

Received 26 March 2013

Accepted for publication 14 April 2013

Published 24 May 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 951—954

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S45748

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Engin Bilge Ozgurhan,1 Necip Kara,1 Aydin Yildirim,2 Zeynep Alkin,1 Ercument Bozkurt,1 Ahmet Demirok1,3

1Beyoglu Eye Research and Training Hospital, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Sema Research and Treatment Hospital, Fatih University, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Istanbul Medeniyet University Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey

Background: The purpose of this paper is to report the successful treatment of corneal scarring and high corneal astigmatism secondary to previous pterygium surgery with diamond burr superficial keratectomy using mitomycin C.
Methods: Four patients with corneal scarring and high corneal astigmatism related to previous pterygium surgery underwent diamond burr superficial keratectomy with application of mitomycin C. Anterior segment photography and corneal topographic analysis were obtained preoperatively and postoperatively in all patients.
Results: Six months after surgery, corneal astigmatism and corneal aberrations were reduced in all patients. A clear cornea was achieved in all cases. No complications were noted during the follow-up period.
Conclusion: Diamond burr superficial keratectomy with application of mitomycin C is a potentially effective and simple procedure for treating patients with corneal scarring and high corneal astigmatism secondary to previous pterygium surgery.

Keywords: diamond burr superficial keratectomy, astigmatism, pterygium surgery

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