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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).
Velou SM, Colin J. Disastrous Complications Following a Bilateral, Same-Day Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) Procedure. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(12):226-227. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.2.226