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Modern Approach in the Treatment of Recurrent Corneal Erosion

Sestre Milosrdnice University hospital and Institute of Clinical Medical Research; [email protected]
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  • Cornea
  • Phototherapeutic Keratectomy
  • Recurrent Corneal Erosion
  • Rožnica
  • Fototerapijska Keratektomija
  • Recidivirajuća Erozija Rožnice
  • Medicine


Recurrent corneal erosions, independently of the origin, seem to show a similar tendency to abnormal adhesion between corneal epithelium and stroma. Although, for general ophthalmologist, it may at first seem to be one of the less difficult entities to diagnose and therefore to treat, for a patient suffering from this disorder it may be very frustrating, and sometimes even frightening. The majority of patients will respond to simple measures such as padding and antibiotic ointment, but there are a percentage of patients that require a more complex approach. The common goal of each conservative or surgical treatment is fast healing and encouraging proper formation of adhesion complexes between the epithelium and the stroma, without any infections or recurrences. The objective of this review is to assess the indications and outcomes of current treatment options for recurrent corneal erosion, based on literature survey. Briefly, in spite of the many different treatment options, there is still room for further research in the area. Phototherapeutic keratectomy opens a new line of possibilities and it should be considered as very effective therapy for refractive cases. Also, in spite of our recommendations, each patient should be treated individually.

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