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2013 OMIG Abstract 3

Superficial Keratectomy, Cautery, Amniotic Membrane Transplant for the Treatment of Painful Bullous Keratopathy in Eyes with Poor Visual Potential
Nabeel Shalabi MD1,2,3, Carol Karp MD2, Hassan Aziz MD2, Bennie H. Jeng MD4,5, Anat Galor MD, MSPH1,2
Department of Ophthalmology, Miami Veterans Hospital, Miami, FL; 2Bascom Palmer Eye Institute,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL; 3Faculty of Medicine, Hail University, Hail,
Saudi Arabia; 4Department of Ophthalmology and Francis I. Proctor Foundation, University of California
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; 5Department of Ophthalmology, San Francisco General Hospital,
San Francisco, CA

Objective: To report a new technique for the treatment of painful bullous keratopathy in eyes with poor visual potential.

Methods: Review of technique and outcomes of treated patients.

Results: The surgical technique involves superficial epithelial keratectomy, corneal cautery, amniotic membrane, and temporary bandage contact lens placement. Three patients were treated with this technique.  All had significant pain due to painful bullous keratopathy prior to surgery and all reported resolution of pain after surgery. After a mean follow up of 16.6 months (1-38), all corneas had smooth surfaces without bullae.

Conclusion:  Superficial keratectomy, cautery, and amniotic membrane transplant placement is an alternative and effective treatment for painful bullous keratopathy with poor visual potential.

Funding: Supported by VA career development award (Dr. Galor), NIH Center Core Grant P30EY014801, Research to Prevent Blindness Unrestricted Grant, Department of Defense (DOD- Grant#W81XWH-09-1-0675).

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