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Gunderson`s Flap

09/13/2002

Question:

Can you tell me anything about a procedure called Gunderson`s Flap?

Answer:

Gundersen`s flap is an ophthalmic surgical procedure in which the patient`s conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers the white part of the eye) is cut and pulled across the patient`s cornea (the clear window through which light passes into the eye). This procedure can be used to help a traumatized and/or diseased cornea heal faster. But there is a big disadvantage, and that is the patient has very poor vision in the operated eye until the corneal healing is complete. Sometimes, a soft contact lens, which can be used as a "bandage" on the cornea, will also promote healing without causing a major reduction in visual acuity.

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University