Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy for treatment of recurrent corneal erosion

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1994 Mar;20(2):179-81. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)80161-7.


Two patients with a history of frequent recurrent corneal erosion for whom standard medical therapy was determined ineffective had phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) with an excimer laser. Before treatment, one patient had four episodes in a six-month period; the other had ten to 20 recurrences with four serious episodes in a seven-month period. After PTK, neither patient had a recurrence after 18 months follow-up. Subjectively, both patients felt the treated area healed faster than previous abrasions. Vision, refraction, keratometry, and corneal thickness measurements appeared unaffected by the treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cornea / surgery*
  • Corneal Diseases / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Recurrence
  • Visual Acuity