A new treatment for photophobia in posttraumatic aniridia: a case report

W H Beekhuis, B H Drost, Eddy M. van der Velden-Samderubun

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    PURPOSE: Using staining pigments with which we had gained experience in dermatography (medical tattooing) treatments of leucoma corneae, a new approach was developed to create an artificial iris-like staining at the mid-stromal level of the cornea to treat photophobia in a patient with posttraumatic aniridia.

    METHODS: After a central 4-mm half-depth trephination, a lamellar dissection of the corneal stroma toward the limbus was performed. A combination of colored pigments was introduced into this midstromal space, until a light blue artificial iris (to match the contralateral eye) with adequate blocking of light was created.

    RESULTS: A stable artificial iris was created in the mid-stromal level of the cornea.

    CONCLUSION: Dermatography pigments are stable in the corneal stroma and are useful to treat photophobia in aniridia following trauma.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)338-41
    Number of pages4
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 1998


    • Aniridia/etiology
    • Cornea/surgery
    • Corneal Injuries
    • Eye Injuries, Penetrating/complications
    • Follow-Up Studies
    • Glare
    • Humans
    • Iris/injuries
    • Light
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Tattooing
    • Vision Disorders/etiology
    • Visual Acuity


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