Indications and visual outcomes of intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation in a large patient series


  • Taíse Tognon Hospital Oftalmologico de Sorocaba
  • Mauro Campos Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • João Paulo Wengrzynovski Hospital de Olhos do Parana
  • Kleyton Arlindo Barella Instituto Penido Burnier
  • Adriano Pasqualotti Universidade de Lisboa
  • Luiz Antônio de Brito Martins Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Adriana dos Santos Forseto Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Luciene Barbosa de Sousa Banco de Olhos de Goias



Epidemiology, Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedure, Cornea, Ectasia, Brazil


OBJECTIVES: To describe the indications for and visual outcomes of intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation. METHODS: A large retrospective case-series chart-review study was conducted using Sorocaba Ophthalmological Hospital medical records. This study included 1222 eyes (1196 patients) that were surgically treated between November 2009 and December 2012. The following preoperative data were collected: age, gender, type of medical care and funding source, surgical technique, best-corrected visual acuity, manifest sphere and cylinder refractive error, maximum and minimum central keratometry, and pachymetry measurements of the cornea at the thinnest point and at the ring channel. The postoperative best-corrected visual acuity and patient satisfaction were also determined. The cases were classified into six groups: four keratoconus groups (severe, advanced, moderate and mild), a pellucid marginal degeneration group and a post-graft irregular astigmatism group. This study was approved by the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials (UTN number 1111-1182-6181, TRIAL RBR-6S72RF). RESULTS: The age (mean±standard deviation) of the patients was 31.0±10.0 years. The most prevalent pathology was keratoconus (1147 eyes, 93.8%). A correlation was found between ectasia severity and medical assistance (p<0.001), and the most serious cases was treated by the Brazilian public health system. No complications were found in a total of 1155 surgeries, and after surgery, 959 patients were satisfied. Among the 164 dissatisfied patients, the majority failed to show improved best-corrected visual acuity. CONCLUSION: Patients in the public health system underwent surgical intervention for keratoconus later than those with private sources of funding. In the vast majority of operated cases, the patients reported improvements in vision.


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Indications and visual outcomes of intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation in a large patient series. (2017). Clinics, 72(6), 370-377.