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11. What procedure did this patient have?

This patient had significant reduction in vision and frequently needed a change in their prescription for glasses. What procedure did this patient have?

Cornea Coach #11

Analysis

This patient had a corneal surgery for keratoconus. The surgery was a full thickness penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). In this procedure, the patient’s diseased cornea is removed. Then a full thickness graft is taken from donor cornea and sewn onto the recipient bed. Keratoconus is a common indication for PKP.

In the accompanying 9 min. video featuring Dr. Ashley Brissette, assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, you will learn:

  • How to read a corneal tomography report (4 Maps Refractive)
  • The symptoms, risk factors and treatment of keratoconus
  • A brief overview for 2 types of corneal transplation
  • The link between eye rubbing and keratoconus
Cornea Coach #11 Analysis

Cornea Coach Tip

Frequent need for a change in glass power should warrant consideration of keratoconus.

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