Aim To investigate keratopigmentation (KTP) with new mineral micronised pigments as a surgical alternative to improve cosmetic appearance in severely impaired eyes.
Methods 40 eyes underwent KTP alternatively to invasive cosmetic reconstructive surgery. Corneal staining with mineral micronised pigments was performed using an intralamellar or superficial technique.
Results One year postoperatively, all but two patients (95%) were satisfied. Pigmented eyes were improving patient's appearance. Eight cases needed a second KTP. Two patients with preoperative corneal oedema did not obtain an adequate cosmetic appearance due to progressive pigment clearance observed from 6 months postoperatively. Three eyes with traumatic aniridia observed good cosmetic outcome and a significant reduction in glare.
Conclusions KTP achieves good cosmetic results and is associated with high patient satisfaction, avoiding extensive and mutilating reconstructive surgery.
- Corneal tattooing
- mineral micronised pigment
- eye prosthesis
- cosmetic surgery
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Funding This study has been supported in part by a grant of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Instituto Carlos III, Red temática de Investigación Cooperativa en salud ‘Patología ocular del envejecimiento, calida visual y calidad de vida,' Subproyecto de Calidad Visual (RD07/0062) and a grant of the Fondos de Investigacion Sanitaria (FIS) PI060403 ‘Desarrollo de un bioadhesivo combinado sintético/biológico para la unión sin suturas en las queratoplastias.'
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.