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February 2002

Disastrous Complications Following a Bilateral, Same-Day Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) Procedure

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(12):226-227. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.2.226

IN 1998, a 37-year-old woman underwent bilateral same-day laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery. The preoperative refraction was − 6 diopters (D) for each eye. The surgery on the right eye was uncomplicated. On the left eye, the procedure was complicated by corneal perforation, probably due to misassembly of an older-generation microkeratome with a removable spacer plate. Despite surgical repair, the outcome was very bad and on the day of our examination, 1 year after surgery, she had no light perception and the slitlamp findings showed phthisis bulbi (Figure 1).

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