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Long-term follow-up of corneal apical scar after hyperopic excimer laser refractive surgery treated with sequential customized therapeutic keratectomy (SCTK)

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First Author: E.Legrottaglie ITALY

Co Author(s):    R. Vinciguerra   F. Camesasca   S. Trazza   P. Vinciguerra           

Abstract Details


Corneal apical scar after hyperopic excimer laser ablation is a rare but dreadful complication. We present long-term results on its treatment with Sequential Customized Therapeutic Keratectomy (SCTK).


Ophthalmology Dept., Humanitas Research Institute, Rozzano, Milan, Italy


We included eyes treated with SCTK for apical scar ensuing after hyperopic refractive surgery and causing severe visual impairment, defined as postoperative loss of at least 4 BCVA lines. STCK involved custom, transepithelial ablation aimed at treating mostly corneal aberrations. Intraoperative topography was repeated to visualize attained corneal regularization, and plan further treatment. Excimer laser smoothing with masking fluid was also performed.


We evaluated 15 eyes of 12 patients, 7 with a one-year follow-up, the others with a minimum two-year follow-up. BCVA increased significantly, from 0.53�Â�±0.26 to 0.80�Â�±0.26 (p<0.01). Mean spherical defect did not change significantly from baseline �â�€�“ from 0.98�Â�±4.2 D to 1.3�Â�±3.3 D (p>0.05) - demonstrating that SCTK did not induce hyperopic shift. Mean astigmatism decreased - from -1.34�Â�±1.17 D to 0.68�Â�±0.71 D �â�€�“ but not significantly (p=0.23). Corneal aberrations showed significant decrease of total RMS, from 2.57�Â�±1.92 to 0.80�Â�±0.42 �Â�µm (p<0.05). No recurrence of apical scar or ectasia were observed.


This rare and severe complication of refractive surgery can be treated successfully and safely with SCTK even years after initial surgery, avoiding more invasive procedures such as PK or DALK.

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travel has been funded, fully or partially, by a company producing, developing or supplying the product or procedure presented

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