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April 10, 1987

The Treatment of Recurrent Corneal Erosion

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian—St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

Rush-Presbyterian—St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1987;257(14):1899. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390140068020

To the Editor.—  Two additional modalities have recently been described for the treatment of recurrent corneal erosion,1 and my personal experience with both of them has been quite favorable. The simpler technique involves using a 20-gauge needle to make punctures into the superficial stroma that, when healed, result in adhesion of the previously loose epithelium.2 Another technique that is a little more difficult, and may be associated with more complications, involves the use of diathermy to accomplish the same objective.3 Finally, in patients with epithelial basement membrane corneal dystrophy with recurrent erosions, débridement of the abnormal epithelium is the treatment of choice.4