Minimal requirements should be set for reporting functional and immunological results following corneal transplantation

October 1, 2005

Having read, written and reviewed a number of papers and manuscripts on corneal transplantation, I have found that, in certain cases, conclusions that are drawn relating to the best trephination/suturing technique or concerning the best concept to avoid immunologic graft rejections, are not adequately supported by the study results. This often leads me to question the validity and value of these reports.

Dear Editor:

I think it would be very useful if we could come to a general consensus on this issue. Currently, cataract and refractive surgery, especially in private practice, dominate the field of anterior segment surgery in Europe, hence an agreed consensus would provide a helpful guide for those readers who are not too familiar with the field of corneal transplantation.

Please do let me know your thoughts.

Berthold Seitz, MD Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Head of Erlangen Eye Bank, Germany berthold.seitz@augen.imed.uni-erlangen.de
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