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 Post subject: Serious Complication with Intralase on post-RK
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:32 pm 
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Cornea. 2007 Oct;26(9):1138-1140.

Complicated Flap Creation With Femtosecond Laser After Radial Keratotomy.

Perente I, Utine CA, Cakir H, Yilmaz OF.
From the *Beyoglu Eye Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey; the ?Yeditepe University Faculty of Medicine, Eye Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey; and the ?Turkiye Hospital, Eye Clinic, Istanbul, Turkey.

PURPOSE:: To report a case of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) that used the Intralase femtosecond laser 14 years after radial keratotomy (RK) for residual myopic astigmatism.

METHODS:: A 39 year-old male patient had undergone a bilateral RK operation for myopic correction. The manifest refraction was -1.25 -3.00 x 175 D, with uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of 20/50 and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 20/20. The central and thinnest pachymetry measurements were 582 and 576 mum, respectively, by Orbscan II.

RESULTS:: Intralase was used for LASIK, and initially, a loss of suction was seen during flap formation. The flap could be created again at the same intracorneal plane. During flap lifting, the RK incisions were separated, and one of the RK incisions progressed to the corneal center with the force applied by the blunt spatula. No piece was separated completely from the flap. Excimer laser treatment and flap repositioning could be done without any problems. At the fifth postoperative month, his UCVA was 20/20. All RK incisions seemed well aligned. There was no haze or epithelial ingrowth.

CONCLUSIONS:: This case showed that the Intralase femtosecond laser not only has no unique benefit as opposed to the mechanical keratome for post-RK eyes but also can lead to serious complications. We recommend that femtosecond laser flap formation not be used in post-RK eyes.

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