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SYMPOSIUM: KERATOCONUS
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 469-472

Femtosecond laser enabled keratoplasty for advanced keratoconus


Narayana Nethralaya, Department of Cornea and Refractive Services, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Harsha Nagaraja
Consultant, Cornea and External Eye Diseases, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital, 121/C, Chord Road, 1 "R" Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore - 560 010, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.116060

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Purpose : To assess the efficacy and advantages of femtosecond laser enabled keratoplasty (FLEK) over conventional penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) in advanced keratoconus. Materials and Methods: Detailed review of literature of published randomized controlled trials of operative techniques in PKP and FLEK. Results: Fifteen studies were identified, analyzed, and compared with our outcome. FLEK was found to have better outcome in view of better and earlier stabilization uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), and better refractive outcomes with low astigmatism as compared with conventional PKP. Wound healing also was noticed to be earlier, enabling early suture removal in FLEK. Conclusions: Studies relating to FLEK have shown better results than conventional PKP, however further studies are needed to assess the safety and intraoperative complications of the procedure.


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