Ethanol-assisted removal of corneal epithelium prior to excimer laser photorefractive keratotomy Kikuko Enomoto 1 , Kimiya Shimizu 1 , Yukihiro Hashimoto 1 , Shunichi Tanaka 1 1Dept of Ophthalmol, Musashino Red Cross Hospital pp.933-936
Published Date 1998/5/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410905892
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Removal of the corneal epithelium by diluted ethanol has been reported to be beneficial in excimer laser photorefractive keratotomy (PRK) as this procedure would induce smooth stromal surface and early improvement in visual acuity. We performed PRK on both eyes of 9 patients on the same day. One eye received epithelial removal by 25% ethanol and the fellow eye by laser and spatula. There was no difference between both groups regarding duration of epithelial removal procedure, visual acuity one month after surgery, refraction or subepithelial opacity. There was a tendency of more postoperative pain in eyes treated by ethanol.

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