Bilateral functional penetrating keratoplasties more than 50 years old

Published:October 26, 2021DOI:
      A 74-year-old woman was referred for cataract and cornea evaluation. She had previously received penetrating keratoplasties for an unknown corneal dystrophy. Her right eye was transplanted by Dr. Rosen and Dr. Pinkerton in 1969 in Kingston (Fig. A). Her left eye was transplanted by Dr. Edwards in 1971 in Ottawa (Fig. B). These circular cornea transplants were among the first done in Canada. Although long-term postoperative graft survival is reported to be between 34% at 10 years and 93% at 25 years depending on surgical indication, these grafts have vastly surpassed this, showing good clarity and endothelial cell counts more than 50 years later.
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