for people ages 22-80 (full criteria)
at Irvine, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Marjan Farid, M.D.



To evaluate the safety and probable benefit of the KeraKlear Non-Penetrating Keratoprosthesis when implanted in an eye with corneal opacity that is at high risk of complications with PK.

Official Title

A Prospective, Multicenter Clinical Trial Designed to Evaluate the Safety and Probable Benefit of the KeraKlear Non-Penetrating Keratoprosthesis in Subjects With Corneal Opacity With Poor Prognosis for Corneal Transplant


To evaluate the safety and probable benefit of the KeraKlear Non-Penetrating Keratoprosthesis when implanted in an eye with corneal opacity that is at high risk of complications with PK. A prospective, multicenter, clinical trial, designed to demonstrate the safety and performance of the KeraKlear Non-Penetrating Keratoprosthesis.


Corneal Blindness Blindness Corneal Opacity KeraKlear Non-Penetrating Keratoprosthesis


You can join if…

Open to people ages 22-80

  • Corneal blindness where cornea transplantation is necessary but with a high risk of graft failure due to
  • severe limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) associated with aniridia or
  • one full-thickness graft failure and at high risk of a failed second graft; specifically, those who have either young recipient age (age less than 40 years), a history of anterior segment surgery (in addition to prior PKP), and/or pre-operative glaucoma or
  • multiple (two or more) failed cornea transplantation surgeries and spontaneous visual improvement without surgical intervention is not expected or probable.
  • Best Corrected Distance Visual Acuity (Snellen) which is equal or worse than 20/200 in the study eye (but at least light perception with projection)
  • Estimated visual potential of the study eye is greater than or equal to at least two lines visual improvement of BCDVA of current vision in the study eye.
  • Patient and/or caregiver willing and able to insert and remove bandage contact lens.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Visual Acuity of No Light Perception (NLP) in the study eye
  • The patient is monocular or the non-study eye has Best Corrected Distance Visual Acuity (Snellen) of worse than 20/160 due to an ocular condition other than severe aniridic limbal stem cell deficiency or failed cornea transplantation surgery(ies).
  • Suitable for standard PK with donor tissue in the study eye.
  • History of severe dry eye syndrome or a Schirmer test with results of less than 3mm after 5 minutes of testing with the use of topical anesthetic in either eye.
  • Active or history of an auto-immune disease (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid, Lupus, Steven's Johnson Syndrome, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, etc.).
  • On medications that may affect wound healing, such as antimetabolites or other chemotherapeutic agents.
  • History of posterior segment eye disease in either eye (including macular degeneration, optic neuropathy, posterior uveitis) which is expected to limit the visual improvement to less than two lines of vision.
  • History of retinal surgery in the fellow eye (including retinal detachment repair, intravitreal injection etc.).
  • History of retinal surgery in the study eye (including retinal detachment repair, intravitreal injection, etc.) unless the vision is at least light perception with projection in four field quadrants and the macula is attached (if there is no view of the retina, an ultrasound must show the macula is attached).
  • History of uncontrolled glaucoma in either eye (IOP has been measured above 25 mmHg at any time in the last 6 months).
  • Current use of beta blocker eye drops (e.g. timolol, levobunolol, etc.).
  • Vertical cup-to-disc (C:D) ratio greater than or equal to 0.8 in either eye (if able to visible through corneal opacity). If not visible, patient is not to be excluded.
  • Limited visual potential (patient does not have the ability to improve a minimum of two lines of vision of BCDVA by history).
  • History of amblyopia in the study eye limiting visual potential.
  • If the patient has had a corneal transplant, corneal transplantation surgery was performed less than 2 years ago.
  • Anticipated need for surgery on the study eye during the course of the study (including cataract surgery).
  • Aphakia in the study eye.
  • Active ocular infection in either eye.
  • Hypotony in the study eye (IOP < 6mmHg).
  • History of herpetic ocular infection in the study eye.
  • Corneal thickness less than 400 microns in any region of the pachymetry map, i.e.

lamellar resection depth would be <100 microns from corneal endothelium accounting for the optic height of the selected implant design (i.e. 300 microns for KeraKlear or 500 microns for KeraKlear XT model).*.

  • Inability to protect the operated eye from trauma.
  • Females who are pregnant, lactating, or unwilling to use adequate birth control for t the duration of the study.
  • Patient is currently taking Sumatriptan (Imitrex) and unable to discontinue during the study.


  • University of California Irvine accepting new patients
    Irvine California 92697 United States
  • University of Illinois at Chicago withdrawn
    Chicago Illinois 60612 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Marjan Farid, M.D.
    Associate Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology. Authored (or co-authored) 32 research publications


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