Pseudophakic bullous keratopathy

Am J Ophthalmol. 1988 Sep 15;106(3):264-9. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(88)90359-5.


We reviewed the records of all patients with pseudophakic bullous keratopathy (271 eyes, 251 patients) seen during a six-month period to determine predisposing factors, associated problems, current management, and visual outcome. Pseudophakic bullous keratopathy was associated most frequently with anterior chamber intraocular lenses in general (155 of 271), and with Leiske style lenses in particular (100 of 271). It was associated with a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in 206 eyes and a visual acuity of counting fingers or less in 129 of the eyes at the initial examination. Penetrating keratoplasties had been performed in 189 of the eyes. After penetrating keratoplasty, 108 of 189 of the eyes had a visual acuity of 20/200 or less (mean follow-up, 15 months). Visual acuity improved with longer follow-up, and among patients with a minimum follow-up of two years, 23 of 36 eyes had a visual acuity of 20/100 or better. Most grafts were clear (145 of 189). Pseudophakic bullous keratopathy was associated with marked visual loss, which was permanent despite clear grafts in 29 of 92 eyes followed-up for one year or longer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology*
  • Corneal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Corneal Diseases / therapy
  • Corneal Transplantation
  • Edema / etiology
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lenses, Intraocular / adverse effects*
  • Lenses, Intraocular / classification
  • Middle Aged
  • Reoperation
  • Visual Acuity