May 2003
Volume 44, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2003
Sutureless Lamellar Keratoplasty
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • S.C. Kaufman
    Eye Care Services, Henry Ford Health System, Grosse Pointe, MI, United States
  • H. Kaufman
    Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA, United States
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  S.C. Kaufman, None; H. Kaufman, None.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2003, Vol.44, 4712. doi:
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      S.C. Kaufman, H. Kaufman; Sutureless Lamellar Keratoplasty . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2003;44(13):4712.

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Abstract: : Purpose: To present a new procedure for performing sutureless lamellar keratoplasty. Methods: Two patient eyes underwent lamellar keratoplasty. The procedure involved production of lamellar grafts from eye bank whole globes, using a Moria CB microkeratome. Using a human fibrin based tissue adhesive, the new lamellar grafts were affixed to the host bed. The lamellar grafts were examined at post-operative days 1, 3, 7, 14, 30, 60 via slit lamp examination and serial photographs. Results: The lamellar corneal grafts were fully epithelialized in 5 days. The fibrin-based adhesive had resorbed by the second week post-op examination and the best corrected visual acuity was improved in each eye. Previous histologic examination of specimens from animal studies revealed no associated inflammation or fibrosis. Conclusions: Sutureless lamellar keratoplasty is a promising new procedure using a human fibrin based tissue adhesive. Further studies are needed to assess the long-term viability of this new procedure.

Keywords: cornea: clinical science • refractive surgery • refractive surgery: other technologies 

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