New Perspectives on Lamellar Keratoplasty.

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Authors: Kymionis GD, Mikropoulos DG, Portaliou DM, Boboridis KG, Voudouragkaki IC, Dragoumis ND, Konstas AG
Abstract
Lamellar (anterior and posterior) keratoplasty entails the surgical replacement of diseased-only corneal tissue, while healthy host corneal tissue is preserved. Selective keratoplasty offers several advantages in comparison to penetrating keratoplasty such as a lower rate of graft rejection, less endothelial cell loss, faster/superior visual rehabilitation and enhanced resistance to closed injury. The surgical approach of “partial corneal transplantation” may be divided into anterior and posterior: techniques including superficial and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (SALK and DALK, respectively) and endothelial keratoplasty as well as Descemet stripping automate…