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September 1992

Repeated Excimer Laser Treatment After Photorefractive Keratectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Universittsaugenklinik im Klinikum Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. Dr Seiler is a paid consultant for Summit Technology, Waltham, Mass.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1992;110(9):1230-1233. doi:10.1001/archopht.1992.01080210048021

• Scarring or undercorrection occurs in a small percentage of patients after myopic photorefractive keratectomy. Scarring occurred in 1.8% of 298 patients with a baseline myopia of 6.0 diopters or less, increasing to 8.8% in those with corrections of more than 6.0 D. Undercorrection of more than 1 D occurred in 2.7% of the eyes with a baseline myopia of up to −6.0 D. A much greater incidence of undercorrection (30% to 40%) was found after corrections of more than 6.0 D. Thirty eyes in 30 patients were reoperated because of scarring (11 eyes) and/or undercorrection (27 eyes) and were observed for 6 to 18 months (average, 7.8 months). Only one of the eyes has shown mild scar formation after this second laser treatment. Sixty-three percent of these patients had a manifest refraction between −1.0 D and +1.0 D six months after reoperation. Repeated phototablation seems to be a valuable technique for treatment of undercorrection and/or scarring after photorefractive keratectomy.