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Abstract
Abstract

Combination of t-PTK and Autologous Serum Eye Drops for Treatment of Recurrent Corneal Erosions

Holzer M. P., Auffarth G. U., Specht H., Kruse F. E.
Heidelberg Research Group Intraocular Lenses and Refractive Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg

Purpose: Recurrent corneal erosions can be treated with transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (t-PTK). For quicker postoperative recovery, the combination with autologous serum eye drops might be advantageous.
Method: 25 eyes with recurrent corneal erosions were treated with t-PTK with the Schwind Keratom excimer laser. Routine therapy consisted of 2x 40 pulses (ca. 20mm ablation). Postoperatively 6x/day autologous serum eye drops were administered for 6 weeks.
Results: 20 of 25 patients (80 %) did not develop any further erosions after the treatment. 5 patients had one further erosion which was treatable with autologous serum eye drops only without additional excimer laser treatment.
Conclusions: T-PTK and additional autologous serum eye drops is a safe and effective combination for treatment of recurrent corneal erosions.


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