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Multiple noncontinuous puncture (pointage) technique for corneal tattooing

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First Author: J.Kim SOUTH KOREA

Co Author(s):    J. Park   T. Um   M. Kim   H. Tchah     

Abstract Details



Purpose:

To assess the safety and cosmetic efficacy of a new multiple noncontinuous transepithelial puncture technique for tattooing a totally opaque decompensated cornea.

Setting:

Tertiary Training University Hospital

Methods:

The study examines 33 eyes in 33 patients with total corneal opacity due to corneal decompensation, which developed following intraocular surgery. Corneal tattooing was performed using the multiple noncontinuous transepithelial puncture technique (i.e., pointage). The safety and cosmetic efficacy of this new surgical strategy were assessed by both the patients and observers.

Results:

Seven women and 26 men were included in the study. The mean age was 46.4 ± 46 years (range: 7 - 67). In total, 30 of 33 patients reported cosmetic satisfaction within the follow-up period. Only 3 patients (9%) required additional tattooing. Cosmetic outcomes were analyzed and classified as excellent or good in 13 and 17 patients, respectively. No serious adverse events developed, except delayed epithelial healing in 3 cases.

Conclusions:

The cosmetic outcomes of the multiple noncontinuous transepithelial puncture technique for corneal tattooing were good. The safety of this method was higher than conventional procedures. This new procedure also provided improved cost-effectiveness and safety over current corneal tattooing techniques. FINANCIAL INTEREST: NONE

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