Anatomic characteristics of supraorbital and supratrochlear nerves relevant to their use in corneal neurotization.

Affiliation

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA. [Email]

Abstract

Corneal denervation can lead to opacification and blindness. A new treatment technique, surgical corneal neurotization, transfers healthy donor nerve, (most commonly contralateral supratrochlear or supraorbital) to the affected limbus to prevent corneal destruction and improve healing potential of the cornea following insult. We examine gross and histomorphometric anatomy of the supratrochlear and supraorbital nerves relevant to their use in corneal neurotization.