Bilateral central crystalline corneal deposits four years after intacs for myopia

Katsoulis, Konstantinos; Sarra, Gian-Marco; Schittny, Johannes C; Frueh, Beatrice E (2006). Bilateral central crystalline corneal deposits four years after intacs for myopia. Journal of refractive surgery, 22(9), pp. 910-3. Thorofare, N.J.: Slack Inc.

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PURPOSE: To report a case of bilateral central crystalline keratopathy in the anterior stroma occurring 4 years after Intacs implantation. METHODS: A 45-year-old woman underwent bilateral uncomplicated Intacs implantation for myopia. The postoperative course was uneventful. However, between 3 and 4 years after surgery, the patient developed central opacifications of the anterior stroma in both eyes, reducing best spectacle-corrected visual acuity. RESULTS: Intacs were explanted. Confocal microscopy, electron microscopy of the explanted ring segments, and microbiology studies were performed. Opacities were still detectable at the slit-lamp microscope up to 8 months after explantation. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first report on central corneal opacifications after Intacs implantation for myopia. The opacities could be the result of chronic metabolic stress or the beginning of lipid-like changes in another more central corneal localization.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy > Functional Anatomy

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Sarra, Gian-Marco; Schittny, Johannes and Früh Epstein, Beatrice






Slack Inc.




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04 Oct 2013 14:45

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04 May 2014 23:13

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