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One-year follow-up of femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty

Authors Tan J, Heng W

Received 9 January 2013

Accepted for publication 30 January 2013

Published 25 February 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 403—409


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Johnson Choon-Hwai Tan, Wee-Jin Heng

National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Background: The purpose of this report is to describe the initial outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty.
Methods: This retrospective surgical case series consisted of 10 eyes from 10 patients undergoing penetrating keratoplasty at a tertiary center. Femtosecond laser was used to perform a zig-square incision on the donor cornea with matched dimensions on the recipient cornea. Outcomes measured included: unaided visual acuity and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity preoperatively and at one, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively; manifest refractive and topographic astigmatism at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively; and endothelial cell density loss, calculated at the end of the one-year follow-up period.
Results: At one-year follow-up, there was an improvement in unaided visual acuity from a mean preoperative logMAR of 1.67 to 0.44, and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity from a mean preoperative logMAR of 1.33 to 0.13. By postoperative month 3, mean manifest refractive and topographic astigmatism was 2.31 ± 1.41 D and 2.59 ± 1.57 D, respectively. The mean reduction in endothelial cell density was 20.7% after one year of follow-up.
Conclusion: Femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty provided a good visual outcome and early visual rehabilitation due to precise graft-host alignment and reduced astigmatism in the early postoperative months.

Keywords: penetrating keratoplasty, femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty

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