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Punctate keratopathy of West Indians in patients undergoing photorefractive surgery

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First Author: A.Tello COLOMBIA

Co Author(s):    V. Galvis   M. Revelo   D. Paredes   L. Jaramillo     

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We present two cases of patients with corneal lesions compatible with punctate keratopathy of West Indians who underwent photorefractive keratectomy and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. Both had good postoperative results. The corneal lesions did not interfere with the refractive surgery


Centro Oftalmológico Virgilio Galvis, Floridablanca, Colombia


Case reports of two patients with Punctate Keratopathy of West Indians, who underwent excimer laser refractive surgery (Case 1 PRK and case 2 LASIK)


In both cases postoperative evolution was uneventful. In Case 1 at the last follow-up visit 22 months after PRK, UCVA was 20/20 in both eyes and the BCVA was also 20/20—with refraction of plano—0.50 dioptres in both eyes, reaching 20/20. Punctate West Indians keratopathy lesion did not experience any additional change. In Case 2 at the last follow-up visit 1 month after LASIK, her distance UCVA was 20/20 in the right eye and 20/100 in the left eye, as expected (monovision). Refraction was plano and –2.25 dioptres for her right and left eyes, respectively. BCVA was 20/20 in both eyes. The white peripheral lesion in her left cornea remained stable.


This non-infectious, non-inflammatory, asymptomatic condition of unknown aetiology did not cause any negative effects in our patients who were operated on with an excimer laser.

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