Exacerbation of granular corneal dystrophy type II (Avellino corneal dystrophy) after LASEK

Jae Hwan Lee, R. Doyle Stulting, Dong Ho Lee, Christopher Seungkyu Lee, Woon Cho Kim, Eung Kweon Kim

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To report cases of granular corneal dystrophy type II (Avellino corneal dystrophy) that were exacerbated by uncomplicated laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) for myopia. METHODS: Eight patients (15 eyes) with granular corneal dystrophy type II who underwent LASEK were examined by DNA sequencing, slit-lamp microscopy, and confocal microscopy. RESULTS: The number and density of the opacities increased after LASEK. Best spectacle-corrected visual acuity decreased after LASEK as the density of the opacities increased. In three patients, mitomycin C was used intraoperatively, but corneal deposits also worsened in these patients. CONCLUSIONS: LASEK is contraindicated in patients with granular corneal dystrophy type II because vision may be reduced from an increase in the density of corneal opacities postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

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