Eye
Cornea
Aphakic bullous keratopathy


Topic Completed: 1 October 2013

Minor changes: 27 March 2019

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PubMed Search: Aphakic bullous keratopathy [title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Cornea: aphakic bullous keratopathy. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyecorneaaphakicbullouskeratopathy.html. Accessed June 1st, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Secondary endothelial compensation, often after cataract extraction (with or without an intraocular lens)
  • Resembles Fuchs dystrophy
  • Causes severe visual loss and astigmatism
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Corneal edema with bullae between corneal epithelium and Bowman layer
  • Late changes are replacement of bullous cavity with fibrous tissue
  • No / attenuated endothelium
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