Photorefractive keratectomy in a patient with epithelial basement membrane dystrophy

George D. Kymionis, Vasillios F. Diakonis, Dimitrios I. Bouzoukis, Sonia H. Yoo, Ioannis G. Pallikaris

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Abstract

Purpose: To report a case of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in a patient with epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD). Methods: Interventional case report. Results: A 36-year-old male with clinical manifestations of EBMD underwent bilateral, simultaneous PRK for low myopia correction. A delay (up to 17 days) in the epithelial healing process with unstable epithelium was observed. During the first three postoperative months a visually significant subepithelial haze was developed in both eyes. One year postoperative, an improvement in haze formation and visual acuity in both eyes was found. Conclusions: PRK in patients with EBMD could result in favorable refractive and clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-61
Number of pages3
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Epithelial basement dystrophy
  • Haze
  • PRK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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