Long-Term Use of a Temporary Keratoprosthesis and Perfluorocarbon in Traumatic Retinal Detachment Repair

J Vitreoretin Dis. 2022 Nov 18;7(5):424-428. doi: 10.1177/24741264221139079. eCollection 2023 Sep-Oct.


Purpose: To present a technique for optimizing repair of traumatic retinal detachments (RDs).

Methods: A patient was followed in an outpatient setting with clinical examinations, optical coherence tomography, widefield fundus photography, and anterior segment imaging.

Results: The patient presented with a total RD after ruptured globe repair. The patient had combined corneal and retinal surgery with placement of a temporary keratoprosthesis (TKP) and vitrectomy with perfluorocarbon liquid (PFCL) to reattach the retina. The TKP and PFCL were left in the eye for 2 weeks before a planned silicone oil exchange and penetrating keratoplasty were performed. Four months postoperatively, the patient presented with a partially attached retina and improved vision.

Conclusions: In this case, a ruptured globe decompensated several months after primary repair. The prolonged use of the TKP allowed for optimal surgical visualization, enhanced office-based assessment, and limited endothelial cell loss of the donor corneal tissue.

Keywords: retinal detachment; trauma; widefield fundus imaging.

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