Conjunctival flaps have been used in the treatment of corneal diseases since the 1800s, although in recent years their use has decreased. In selected cases, however, the placement of a conjunctival flap still may be the treatment of choice. We report our experience with the use of conjunctival flaps in patients with herpes keratouveitis who had persistent corneal epithelial defects. Preoperatively, all patients had chronic or recurrent epithelial defects and intraocular inflammation with or without recurrent live viral infection requiring frequent medicine application and office visits. Postoperatively, all patients had an intact, healthy ocular surface and a noninflamed eye requiring few to no medications and infrequent office visits. No patient has had recurrent live viral activity.
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