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Debridement
(Superficial keratectomy)

IN BRIEF

Surgical removal of the corneal epithelium.

 
DISCUSSION

In case of a severely compromised corneal epithelium, particularly in patients with ABMD (loose epithelium), surgical debridement is sometimes performed in the expectation that the epithelium will grown back in a more normal condition.

There are several ways to perform debridement (also called superficial keratectomy), which is basically the same as the first step in a PRK procedure (removal of the epithelium). It can be removed manually, it can be removed with alcohol and it can be removed with an excimer laser.

To share your experience with debridement or read about others' experiences, visit the surgical treatments review forum in our community forums at Dry Eye Talk.

 
ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 
links and references

LINK: EMedicine on recurrent corneal erosions

ARTICLE: Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome, Optometry, April 2001.

STUDY: Corneal stroma swelling dynamics after epithelial debridement. Karen MD et al, 2001.

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