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Rapid visual recovery after penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus.
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PMID:  19128376     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To ascertain the level and speed of visual recovery after penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus. METHOD: A retrospective review was performed of 100 consecutive cases of penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus, performed between 1999 and 2005. Review assessed visual function and the speed at which patients achieved a functional best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of > or = 6/12 either with glasses or phoropter. Analysis of visual, refractive and keratometric results were made on 76 eyes that had reached 6 months after suture removal. Intraoperative and postoperative complications including graft rejections were recorded. RESULTS: Post keratoplasty, 43.4%, 78.9% and 96.1% of patients achieved a BCVA of 6/12 or better by 1, 3 and 6 months, respectively. The mean time to achieve a BCVA of 6/12 was 9.6 weeks. Only 5.3% of patients required a rigid gas permeable contact lens. Overall 42.4% of patients had unaided visual acuity of 6/12 or better at 12 months. The mean refractive cylinder and standard deviation was 2.78 +/- 1.6 D, and the mean spherical equivalent was -1.12 +/- 2.9 D. There were no significant intraoperative complications, and although 3.9% of eyes had at least one graft rejection episode there were no graft failures. CONCLUSION: Penetrating keratoplasty is an effective method for treating advanced keratoconus. By 3 months almost all patients are able to achieve a BCVA of 6/12 or better with progressive improvement over time. This technique allows almost half of patients to achieve an unaided vision of 6/12 or better with sutures in situ.
Gerard Sutton; Chris Hodge; Charles N J McGhee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical & experimental ophthalmology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1442-9071     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Experiment. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-08     Completed Date:  2009-03-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100896531     Medline TA:  Clin Experiment Ophthalmol     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  725-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Astigmatism / etiology
Contact Lenses, Extended-Wear
Graft Rejection / etiology
Graft Survival
Keratoconus / surgery*
Keratoplasty, Penetrating* / adverse effects
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Suture Techniques
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Visual Acuity*
Young Adult

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