Gundersen flap

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A Gundersen flap, also known as Gundersen's flap, Gundersen's conjunctival flap, or conjunctivoplasty, and often misspelled Gunderson, is a surgical procedure for correcting corneal disease. It involves excising a damaged section of cornea, and replacing it with a section (or "flap") of the patient's own conjunctiva.[1]

It is named for Trygve Gundersen (1902 – February 24, 1987), an American ophthalmologist of Scandinavian descent, who first described the procedure in 1958 at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.[2]


  1. ^ Cornea & External Disease, at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary; by Mark Speaker and Robert Latkany; published 2002; retrieved April 23, 2012
  2. ^ Conjunctival flaps in the treatment of corneal disease with reference to a new technique of application, AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958 Nov;60(5):880–888