TableĀ 1

Patients, diagnosis 1 and procedure

PatientDiagnosisProcedure/performance
1. Male, age 25KeratoconusPre-Descemet air bubbles, DM rupture, conversion into PKP
2. Male, age 32KeratoconusBig bubble, DALK
3. Male, age 39KeratoconusPre-Descemet air bubbles, DM rupture, conversion into PKP
4. Male, age 38Corneal dystrophy FrancoisBig bubble, DALK
5. Male, age 64Herpetic stromal scarringPre-Descemet air bubbles, microbubble incision technique, DALK
6. Male, age 49Herpetic stromal scarringPre-Descemet air bubbles, microbubble incision technique, DALK
  • From 6 patients, 4 received DALK, whereas 2 procedures had to be converted into PKP because of larger Descemet's membrane rupture during deep lamellar preparation. In both patients, no big-bubble formation was achieved.

  • DALK, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty; DM, Descemet's membrane; PKP, perforating keratoplasty.