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Pokorny Kathryn Stein Ph.D.; Kenyon, Kenneth R. M.D.; Swinger, Casimir M.D.; Barker, Barbara A. M.D.; Henriquez, Antonio S. M.D.; Barraquer, Jose I. M.D.; Amin, Dawlat Ph.D.; Schmitterer, Mildred B.A.; Hanninen, Laila A. M.A.
Cornea: July 1990
Conjunctival Pterygia: PDF Only

Eight human corneal lenticules (three from keratophakia. two from hypermetropic keratomileusis, and three from myopic keratomileusis) were examined by light and electron microscopy. The keratophakic lenticules were removed for optical reasons 3. 3.5, and 6 months after surgery. Microscopically, all displayed hypocellularity. mature collagen fibrils and microfibrils, keratocyte ghosts, and keratocytic debris. The hypermetropic keratomileusis specimens were removed at 13 and 14 months post-operatively, the first because of opacities from enzymatic digestion of the cornea, and the second due to contact lens-induced erosion of Bowman's layer and decreased lacrimal secretion. Ultrastructurally. both lenticules exhibited fractures in Bowman's layer, and the 14-month specimen showed multilayered squamous epithelia. The myopic keratomileusis specimens were removed at 4. 8. and 48 months postoperatively due to opacification of the interface caused by delayed epithelial healing, detergent trauma, and previous epithelialization, respectively. Electron microscopy revealed fractures in Bowman's layer, subepithelial fibrocellular growth, sparse keratocyte populations of the anterior stroma, porous collagen bundles, keratocytic debris, and regions of epithelial ingrowth.

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