[Results of therapeutic photo-keratectomy using the Excimer laser. Apropos of 12 cases]

J Fr Ophtalmol. 1994;17(4):262-70.
[Article in French]


We report a series of 12 eyes which underwent phototherapeutic keratectomy with the Excimer laser Aesculap Meditec (model Mel 60). Mean follow up was 11 months (range 3 to 19 months). Six types of corneal pathologic lesions were treated: recurrent corneal erosions, corneal scars after herpetic keratitis, anterior stromal dystrophy, band keratopathy, mucous plaque, and scar after viral infection. Epithelium healed within the first post-operative week in 83.3% of cases. The goal of treatment was achieved in 75% of cases (100% of therapeutic success for recurrent corneal erosions and 66.6% for superficial corneal opacities). The main undesirable effects were postoperative pain, delayed reepithelialization (16.6%). One patient (8.3%) lost more than two lines of visual acuity. The results, the limits and the undesirable effects of phototherapeutic keratectomy are discussed from our experience and data found in the literature.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Corneal Diseases / surgery*
  • Corneal Opacity / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / surgery
  • Recurrence