Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome and PTK

Aris carries out surgery and provides treatment for a range of corneal conditions including: 

  • Fuchs endothelial dystrophy
  • Corneal transplantation surgery: Descemets stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and penetrating keratoplasty (PK) 
  • Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome
  • Pterygium
  • Corneal infection and corneal scars 

Everything about recurrent corneal erosion syndrome and phototherapeutic keratectomy

What is recurrent corneal erosion syndrome?

Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome (RCES) can be a cause of repeated episodes of pain and watering of your eye, especially overnight or in the early hours of the morning. It develops because the most superficial self-healing layer of your cornea, the epithelium, does not attach firmly to the underlying basement membrane. 

The most common causes of RCES are previous scratch injury to your eye and an underlying epithelial basement membrane dystrophy.  

What is phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)

 In PTK, excimer laser is used to treat and polish the Bowman's layer of the cornea. This allows the superficial self-healing layer of the cornea, the epithelium, to grow back with stronger attachments. This treatment can potentially also be combined with treating your refractive errors, such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism, or the need for reading glasses. 

PTK is usually carried out when your symptoms have not responded to non-surgical treatments, such as lubricant drops, lubricant ointments and a therapeutic soft contact lens. 

How to proceed?

  • If you interested in a consultation or surgery, call or send Aris Vision Correction a message

  • Select a hospital for consultation: Wessex Nuffield, Guildford Nuffield, Southampton Spire or Southampton General Hospital

  • At your consultation your symptoms and needs will be ascertained, you will have a detailed eye examination and scans, and a surgical plan made to match your eyes and needs

  • Surgery is carried out at the Wessex Nuffield Hospital

  • Select a hospital for your follow-up consultation: Wessex Nuffield, Guildford Nuffield, Southampton Spire or Southampton General Hospital

Clinic Locations

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital 

Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital

Southampton Spire Hospital

University Hospital Southampton NHS

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Aris Konstantopoulos MB ChB, MSc, FRCOphth, PhD

Consultant Eye Surgeon

Cataract, cornea and refractive surgery

Consultation clinics:

  • Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

  • Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital, Guildford, GU2 7RF

  • Southampton Spire Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6UY

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS FT, SO16 6YD


Mr Aris Konstantopoulos

Aris Vision Correction

Southampton Spire Hospital

Southampton, SO16 6UY

T: 02381 812281

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