Haze-Free Correction Of Refractive Errors Using Transepithelial Photorefractive Keratectomy: An Alternative To Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis

Research Article

Author(s): Pitra Ariesta Shinta Dewi*, Sophia Pujiastuti, Henry Albar Wibowo, Dini Hapsari

Published: February 24, 2023

Abstract: Corneal Refractive Surgeries Are Increasingly Popular Worldwide. While They Are Generally Safe And Present With High Rates Of Satisfaction, Epithelial And Stromal Damage From The Procedure May Affect Corneal Integrity And Function. The Consequent Corneal Wound Healing Process May Also Result In Complications That Impact Visual Outcomes, Such As The Occurrence Of Corneal Stromal Haze. Transepithelial Photorefractive Keratectomy (tPRK), Which Utilizes Excimer Laser Rather Than Mechanical Or Chemical Debridement, Could Prevent Such Complication. This Review Evaluates The Potential Of TPRK In Correcting Refractive Errors With Minimal Corneal Stromal Haze. We Found That TPRK And Its Modified Techniques Are Promising Alternatives To Other Refractive Surgery Techniques Such As LASIK. Further Studies Should Be Conducted To Further Confirm The Superiority Of TPRK In Minimizing Postoperative Corneal Stromal Haze Compared To Other Techniques.

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