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DLK can occur many years after LASIK
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Author:  Broken Eyes [ Thu May 31, 2007 1:15 am ]
Post subject:  DLK can occur many years after LASIK

February 2004

Ophthalmologists need to stay alert for the onset of diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK) for many years after patients undergo refractive surgery, a leading ophthalmic surgeon said.

Late onset of the condition consisting of an influx of neutrophils into the flap interface is a real danger, Helen Wu, M.D., director of refractive surgery, New England Eye Center, New England Medical Center, Boston, and assistant professor of ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine, told attendees at the most recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Late onset DLK resembles classic DLK in that there is a flap inflammation, and it has been reported up to a year after LASIK, but there is no doubt it can occur many years afterward," Wu said.

In late-onset DLK, the corneal epithelial disruption can be extremely small, or even microscopic, and can occur in the presence of many types of pre-existing problems, including recurrent erosion, herpes infection, varicella-zoster virus infection, abrasions and foreign bodies, Wu said.

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