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Confocal microscope observations of the cornea after excimer laser refractive surgery
Author(s): Ariadna Gierek-Lapinska; Stanislawa Gierek-Ciaciura; Ewa Mrukwa; Iwona Rokita-Wala; Adam Sarzynski
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Paper Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to observe human corneas after Photorefractive keratectomy, in vivo, using the Scanning Slit Confocal Microscope `Confoscan P4' (Tomey). Material and method: The material consists of 80 corneas of 45 patients where in vivo, non-invasive evaluation of the corneal structures was performed with a confocal microscope. The confocal microscopic examination was performed in cases after excimer laser refractive surgery and analyzed together with the type of the procedure (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism correction), and with the patients' age and sex. The results obtained in the right and left eye of each patient after bilateral procedures were compared. The state of the cornea was analyzed in relation to follow-up time. Results: The observations consist of the structure of corneal epithelium, stromal keratocytes, topography of nerve fibers, appearance of Bowman's and Descemet's membranes and condition of endothelial cells. Conclusion: The confocal microscope allows non-invasive in vivo observations of the corneal structures and is capable of the evaluation of corneal healing after excimer laser refractive procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3579, Ophthalmic Measurements and Optometry, (22 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328318
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Ariadna Gierek-Lapinska, Silesian Medical Academy (Poland)
Stanislawa Gierek-Ciaciura, Silesian Medical Academy (Poland)
Ewa Mrukwa, Silesian Medical Academy (Poland)
Iwona Rokita-Wala, Silesian Medical Academy (Poland)
Adam Sarzynski, Silesian Medical Academy (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3579:
Ophthalmic Measurements and Optometry
Maksymilian Pluta; Mariusz Szyjer, Editor(s)

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