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Transepithelial Accelerated Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking: Two-Year Results

Authors Cunha AM, Sardinha T, Torrão L, Moreira R, Falcão-Reis F, Pinheiro-Costa J

Received 8 March 2020

Accepted for publication 30 June 2020

Published 14 August 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 2329—2337


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Ana Maria Cunha,1 Tiago Sardinha,2 Luís Torrão,1 Raúl Moreira,1 Fernando Falcão-Reis,1,3 João Pinheiro-Costa1,4

1Department of Ophthalmology, Centro Hospitalar De São João, Porto, Portugal; 2Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal; 3Department of Surgery and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal; 4Department of Biomedicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Correspondence: Ana Maria Cunha
Department of OphthalmologyJoão, Centro Hospitalar De São, Avenida Prof. Hernâni Monteiro, 4202 – 451, Porto, Portugal
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Purpose: To report 2-year outcomes of trans-epithelial accelerated corneal collagen crosslinking (TE-ACXL) procedure in the treatment of progressive keratoconus patients.
Patients and Methods: Twenty-four eyes from 24 patients who underwent TE-ACXL (6mW/cm2 for 15 minutes) were included in this retrospective interventional study. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), keratometry values, thinnest corneal thickness (PachyMin) and topometric indexes were analysed preoperatively and at 6-month, 12-month, 18-month and 24-month postoperative. Progression was assessed by increase ≥ 1.00D in maximum keratometry (Kmax); increase ≥ 1.00D in corneal astigmatism; decrease ≥ 2% in PachyMin; increase ≥ 0.42 in D-index.
Results: There were no complications during or after TE-ACXL. No significant differences (Δ) were observed between baseline and 12-month or 24-month postoperative: ∆BCVA (− 0.08 ± 0.25, p=0.190; − 0.04 ± 0.17, p=0.588), ∆Kmax (− 0.08 ± 1.32, p=0.792; − 1.04 ± 1.89, p=0.135), ∆Astigmatism (− 0.15 ± 0.89, p=0.485; − 0.24 ± 1.38, p=0.609), ∆PachyMin (− 0.56 ± 15.70, p=0.882; 0.56 ± 18.74, p=0.931), ∆Index Surface Variation (∆ISV) (− 2.11 ± 10.27, p=0.395; − 4.67 ± 17.32, p=0.442), ∆Index Vertical Asymmetry (∆IVA) (− 0.05 ± 0.17, p=0.208; − 0.08 ± 0.26, p=0.397), ∆Index Height Decentration (∆IHD) (0.00 ± 0.02, p=0.368; − 0.01 ± 0.04, p=0.484), ∆KI (0.00 ± 0.05, p=0.851; 0.01 ± 0.06, p=0.877) and ∆D-index (0.15 ± 1.14, p=0.572; 0.06 ± 1.36, p=0.892). Eleven to 33% of patients had disease progression at 24-month postoperative according to the parameters used to determine progression.
Conclusion: Although some patients maintain disease progression, TE-ACXL seems to be a safe and effective treatment for keratoconus over the 2-year follow-up period. Studies with longer follow-up periods and larger patient cohorts are recommended.

Keywords: cornea, keratoconus, disease progression, transepithelial, cross-linking

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