Esther A Groeneveld-van Beek

Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery, Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

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Publications (4)10.93 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Midstromal implant of an isolated Bowman layer graft is a new approach to reduce ectasia in eyes with advanced keratoconus. The procedure should postpone penetrating or deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty. Ten eyes of 9 patients with progressive, advanced keratoconus and contact lens intolerance underwent the procedure with no intraoperative adverse events. Throughout the study period, we observed no complications related to stromal dissection and/or the Bowman layer graft. Maximum corneal power decreased from a mean (SD) of 74.5 (7.1) diopters (D) before to 68.3 (5.6) D after surgery (P = .002). Hence, implant of an isolated Bowman layer graft may offer a safe and effective new technique to reduce ectasia in eyes with advanced keratoconus, potentially allowing continued long-term contact lens wear. The low risk of complications may render the procedure suitable as a treatment to postpone penetrating or deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty in cases with impending contact lens intolerance and/or corneal scarring (clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT01686906).
    Jama Ophthalmology 02/2014; · 3.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE:: To study the validity of endothelial polymegethism, pleomorphism, and "poor swelling" as tissue discard parameters in the immediate postmortem evaluation of human donor corneal endothelium. METHODS:: We retrospectively evaluated the quality of the endothelium at first and second evaluations for all processed corneas exhibiting moderate polymegethism, pleomorphism, or "poor swelling" in our eye bank over a 5-year period. RESULTS:: Out of 2008 eyes qualifying for our study, 422 corneas (21%) showed polymegethism, pleomorphism, or poor swelling at the first tissue evaluation immediately after excision of the corneoscleral button. In 363 (86%) of these corneas, a normal endothelial mosaic was observed at the second tissue evaluation after 7 to 21 days of organ culture, whereas only 59 (14%) still showed persistent polymegethism, pleomorphism, or "poor swelling" at that time point. CONCLUSIONS:: A recovery of normal endothelial cell mosaic and "normal swelling" at the second evaluation suggests that cellular contour parameters do not relate to tissue viability, but rather to a cellular stress reaction. If so, the validity of endothelial cellular contour morphology as an early parameter in assessing the suitability of a donor cornea for transplantation may be reconsidered.
    Cornea 07/2012; · 1.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose:  To describe a standardized 'no-touch' harvesting technique of anterior and Descemet membrane (DM) grafts for use in deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), which provides undamaged anterior and posterior corneal grafts. Methods:  A retrospective evaluation was performed of our standard method for harvesting DM grafts and DALK grafts (Technique I; n = 31) versus a newly designed 'no-touch' technique (Technique II; n = 31), in which a peripheral ring of trabecular meshwork tissue is left in-situ, and the DM graft is trephined on an underlying soft contact lens. Endothelial cell density (ECD) before and immediately after DM stripping was used as the main outcome parameter. Results:  Endothelial cell density did not differ within Techniques I and II (before versus after DM stripping) (p = 0.75 and p = 0.54, respectively) or among Techniques I and II (p = 0.61). With the latter technique, anterior corneal grafts and posterior DM grafts could be harvested with negligible damage to the endothelial cell layer or the posterior stromal bed. All 93 grafts (62 DM grafts) were eligible for transplantation, and six months post-operatively all transplants used were functional. Conclusion:  The new technique offers the following advantages: (i) production of 'undamaged' grafts for DALK and DMEK, (ii) better controlled tissue handling of the thin DM graft during DM stripping and (iii) an increase in availability of corneal grafts obtained from the same donor tissue pool.
    Acta ophthalmologica 06/2012; · 2.44 Impact Factor
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    J T Lie, E A Groeneveld-van Beek, L Ham, J van der Wees, G R J Melles
    The British journal of ophthalmology 09/2010; 94(9):1265-6. · 2.92 Impact Factor