Results of Penetrating Keratoplasty in 123 Eyes with Pseudophakic or Aphakic Corneal Edema

G. O. Waring, S. N. Welch, Harrison D Cavanagh, L. A. Wilson

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The clinical records of 123 eyes that received a penetrating keratoplasty for aphakic or pseudophakic corneal edema with a mean follow-up time of 18 months were studied retrospectively. Thirty-five eyes from which an intraocular lens (IOL—85% iris fixated) was removed at the time of keratoplasty were compared with 88 eyes that never had an IOL. The mean interval between initial cataract surgery and penetrating keratoplasty was 28 months for the pseudophakic group from which the IOL was removed and 67 months for the aphakic group without IOL. In both groups, 97% had an anterior vitrectomy. Corneal grafts remained clear in 91% of the previously pseudophakic eyes and in 81% of the aphakic eyes (P ≤ 0.05). The final corrected visual acuity was worse in the pseudophakic eyes with IOL removed (16% saw 6/6 to 6/12 while 22% saw worse than 6/60) than in the aphakic eyes (34% saw 6/6 to 6/12 while 7% saw worse than 6/60). Postoperative maculopathy occurred in 43% of eyes from which IOLs were removed and in 22% of aphakic eyes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983


  • aphakia
  • aphakic bullous keratopathy
  • cornea
  • corneal edema
  • cystoid macular edema
  • intraocular lens
  • keratoplasty
  • pseudophakia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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