Purpose Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is a safe treatment for superficial corneal opacities, e.g., in corneal dystrophies or degenerations. Nevertheless, no standardized treatment protocols are available and intraoperative monitoring was not possible, so far. Here we evaluate the potential benefits of the intraoperative assessment by microscope-integrated intraop- erative optical coherence tomography (MI-OCT) of corneal optical properties during PTK. Methods Retrospective study of eight patients (one male, seven females; age range, 43–80 years, mean = 66.1 years) using an 840-nm microscope-integrated spectral-domain OCT (iOCT; OptoMedical Technologies, Luebeck, Germany adapted to HS Hi- R Neo 900A, Haag Streit Surgical, Wedel, Germany). Images were acquired before and after corneal abrasion and after PTK. For PTK, a SCHWIND Amaris 750S excimer laser (SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions GmbH und KO. KG) was used. Parameters assessed were the central corneal thickness (CCT), changes in central depth-dependent corneal tissue intensity (TI), and corneal surface roughness (SR) in cross-sectional images of the cornea. Results Intraoperative monitoring using microscope-integrated OCT was possible in all patients at all time points. TI of the anterior corneal stroma decreased significantly (p = 0.037) after PTK (T1 = 15.1 ± 3.6, T2 = 15.0 ± 3.84, T3 = 13.7 ± 3.38), but not
Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 4, 2018
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