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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Preliminary Results of Femtosecond Laser Assisted Corneal Ring Segment Implantation for Keratoconus

Vardhaman P Kankariya, Kemal Ozulken, Florence Cabot, Sonia H Yoo

Citation Information : Kankariya VP, Ozulken K, Cabot F, Yoo SH. Preliminary Results of Femtosecond Laser Assisted Corneal Ring Segment Implantation for Keratoconus. Int J Kerat Ect Cor Dis 2013; 2 (2):47-50.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10025-1049

Published Online: 01-08-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Purpose

To present refractive, visual and topographic outcomes of femtosecond laser assisted intrastromal ring segments (ISRS) implantation.

Settings

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL, USA.

Materials and methods

Nineteen eyes of 15 patients with keratoconus, clear central corneas, and contact lens intolerance had implantation of a symmetrical 0.45 mm Inta cs segment (Addition Technology Inc, California, USA) using 200 kHz femtosecond laser (WaveLight GmbH, Erlangen, Germany). The outcomes of the procedure were evaluated in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), average keratometry value (K-value) and spheric equivalent (SE).

Results

Femtosecond laser assisted ISRS implantation could be performed with ease, while no intra- or postoperative complications were encountered. Mean UCVA improved from 0.95 ± 0.39 to 0.66 ± 0.28 logMAR, mean BSCVA improved from 0.46 ± 0.13 to 0.29 ± 0.21 logMAR, mean spherical equivalent considerably reduced from −7.15 ± 4.57 to −4.38 ± 4.07 and K value reduced from 52.39 ± 5.79 to 49.78 ± 6.84 D at the last follow-up.

Conclusion

Using a 200 kHz femtosecond laser is a safe procedure providing optimal refractive, visual and topographic outcomes in our preliminary study.

How to cite this article

Ozulken K, Cabot F, Kankariya VP, Yoo SH. Preliminary Results of Femtosecond Laser Assisted Corneal Ring Segment Implantation for Keratoconus. Int J Kerat Ect Cor Dis 2013;2(2):47-50.


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