[Corneal neurotization]

Ophthalmologe. 2020 Mar;117(3):248-252. doi: 10.1007/s00347-019-00980-y.
[Article in German]


The previous treatment options for neurotrophic keratopathy (NK) were limited. Frequently performed surgical procedures for severe NK include amnionic membrane transplantation and tarsorrhaphy. Corneal neurotization describes the transposition of a healthy donor nerve along the limbal circumference to re-establish corneal sensation and trophic function. The nerve transfer can be performed either by directly transpositioning the supraorbital nerve as described here or by using a sural nerve interponate.

Keywords: Cornea; Nerve transfer; Neurotization; Neurotrophic keratopathy; Ulcer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cornea
  • Corneal Diseases* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Nerve Transfer*
  • Ophthalmic Nerve
  • Trigeminal Nerve Diseases*