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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 794039, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Anatomical Outcome of Vitreoretinal Surgery Using Temporary Keratoprosthesis and Replacement of the Trephined Corneal Button for Severe Open Globe Injuries: One-Year Result

Department of Ophthalmology, Key Laboratory of Vision Loss and Restoration, Ministry of Education, Peking University Third Hospital, 49 HuaYuan BeiLu, Haidian District, Beijing 100191, China

Received 12 February 2014; Revised 1 June 2014; Accepted 12 June 2014; Published 1 July 2014

Academic Editor: Marco A. Zarbin

Copyright © 2014 Hui-Jin Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this case series of 74 patients with coexisting vitreoretinal injury and severe corneal opacification, after temporary keratoprosthesis (TKP) assisted pars plana vitrectomy (PPV), an allograft corneal transplant was not performed at the same time; instead, the patient’s trephined corneal button was sutured back. One year after the surgery, if intraocular pressure of the injured eyes was above 8 mmHg, removing silicone oil was attempted, and penetrating keratoplasty could be performed. Finally, 10 eyes (13.5%) were enucleated due to atrophia bulbi; 46 eyes (62.2%) were silicone-oil sustained; 15 eyes (20.3%) were anatomically restored; and 3 eyes (4.0%) experienced recurrent retinal detachment. These figures only demonstrate a small percentage of the injured eyes in our series, which have PKP indications. It is a practical option to suture back the patient’s trephined cornea following a TKP assisted PPV; keratoplasty was reserved for selected cases.