Crawford and Hicks have financial interests with the manufacturer of AlphaCor, CooperVision Surgical, through support of departmental funding, travel and research. No author has any financial interest in any of the instrument-making companies mentioned.
Two cases of AlphaCor surgery performed using a small incision technique
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2005
Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 10–15, February 2005
How to Cite
Crawford, G. J., Eguchi, H. and Hicks, C. R. (2005), Two cases of AlphaCor surgery performed using a small incision technique. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, 33: 10–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2005.00937.x
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2005
- AlphaCor artificial cornea;
- surgical technique
The authors have evaluated the AlphaCor artificial cornea (previously Chirila KPro) in human patients since 1998, utilizing an intrastromal technique requiring extensive corneal lamellar dissection and recommending conjunctival flaps in all cases. Recent availability of low-profile instruments has facilitated a simpler technique, which was first evaluated in two subjects followed for over 1 year prior to recommending the technique for wider adoption. The new technique is presented and illustrated herein, and its benefits and limitations compared with the traditional AlphaCor implantation are discussed.