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Corneal Tattooing Replaces Surgery

A new mineral pigment-based corneal tattooing procedure has allowed a good cosmetic appearance to severely impaired eyes without the need for extensive and mutilating reconstructive surgery, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

The procedure, known as Keratopigmentation (KTP), achieved “good cosmetic results with 95 per cent of patients satisfied following the procedure,” the study found.

The study abstract stated: “Forty eyes underwent KTP alternatively to invasive cosmetic reconstructive surgery. Corneal staining with mineral micronised pigments was performed using an intralamellar or superficial technique.

“One year postoperatively, all but two patients (95 per cent) 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 six months postoperatively. Three eyes with traumatic aniridia observed good cosmetic outcome and a significant reduction in glare”.

The study concluded that “KTP achieves good cosmetic results and is associated with high patient satisfaction, avoiding extensive and mutilating reconstructive surgery”.