To examine the microstructure of the cornea after excimer and femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty (ELAK and FLAK) in eyes with Fuchs' dystrophy and keratoconus. Fifty-seven patients were divided into four groups according to corneal disease and surgical technique: Fuchs' dystrophy and ELAK (n = 9; mean age: 70.4 ± 10.6 years); Fuchs' dystrophy and FLAK (n = 13; mean age: 64.3 ± 11.2 years); keratoconus and ELAK (n = 9; mean age: 47.4 ± 13.9 years); and keratoconus and FLAK (n = 9; mean age: 43.5 ± 13.8 years). The control group comprised individuals without ocular disease (n = 17; mean age: 39.9 ± 17.3 years). In vivo investigation of the corneal graft and graft-host junction zone was performed with confocal corneal microscopy. All corneal grafts were transparent and no rejection reaction could be observed during the follow-up period. Confocal microscopy revealed no difference in basal epithelial cell density compared to controls. Anterior keratocyte density was lower than in the control group (818 ± 131 cells/mm(2)) in all four treatment groups (596 ± 174, 586 ± 113, 529 ± 75, 552 ± 91 cells/mm(2)). Langerhans cells could barely be seen; there was no difference in the cutting edge configuration and wound integrity. In vivo confocal microscopy provided evidence that good alignment of graft-host junction could be created with both techniques. The excimer laser was not inferior to the femtosecond laser in performing corneal cuts. The low density of Langerhans cells revealed well-controlled cellular immunological response and sustained corneal integrity in both laser groups.
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