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Two cases of AlphaCor surgery performed using a small incision technique

Authors

  • Geoffrey J Crawford FRANZCO,

    1. Lions Eye Institute and Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, University of Western Australia, and Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Hiroshi Eguchi MD,

    1. Lions Eye Institute and Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, University of Western Australia, and Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Celia R Hicks FRCOphth

    1. Lions Eye Institute and Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science, University of Western Australia, and Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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  • 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.

Correspondence: Dr Celia R Hicks, Lions Eye Institute, 2 Verdun Street, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia. Email: crhicks@cyllene.uwa.edu.au

Abstract

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.

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