A Review of Surgical Techniques for Harvesting Corneal Stem Cells From Allograft Donor Tissue

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Abstract

Objective

To review the literature on the history of surgical techniques for harvesting corneal stem cells.

Methods

Medline review of corneal stem cell surgery for ocular surface disease.

Results

A wide variety of techniques have been recorded for this procedure from relatively low-technology manual techniques to femtosecond laser dissection of the limbal tissue.

Conclusions

Newer stem cell harvesting techniques using fibrin glue fixation of the graft will facilitate the surgical management of severe corneal stem cell deficiency.

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