Author(s): Rapuano CJ, Cohen EJ, Brady SE, Arentsen JJ, Laibson PR
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Abstract We reviewed data on 150 repeat corneal transplants performed between 1983 and 1988 at Wills Eye Hospital. Minimal postoperative follow-up was six months. The most common diagnoses before regraft were pseudophakic bullous keratopathy (29 of 150), aphakic bullous keratopathy (28 of 150), Fuchs' dystrophy (21 of 150), failed graft (17 of 150), and keratoconus (14 of 150). Herpes simplex keratitis, interstitial keratitis, chemical burns, traumatic scars, and corneal dystrophies accounted for most of the remaining regrafts. Of the 150 regrafts, 39 (26\%) failed during the study period. Almost half of the regraft failures occurred within six months, and over four fifths occurred within 18 months. Of the 111 eyes with clear grafts, final visual acuity data were available for 68 eyes (minimal follow-up, two years; mean, 3.3 years). A best-corrected visual acuity of 20/20 to 20/40 (22 of 68) or 20/50 to 20/100 (27 of 68) was achieved in most patients.
This article was published in Am J Ophthalmol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology