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J Refract Surg. 2004 May-Jun;20(3):265-9.

Outcomes of laser in situ keratomileusis in a Refractive Surgery fellowship program.

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University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit, Chattanooga, TN, USA.



The purpose of this study was to document the learning curve and evaluate the success of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) performed by fellows in a Cornea/External Disease and Refractive fellowship program.


Two surgeons performed LASIK within a fellowship training program between July 2000 and August 2001. A retrospective review was conducted to determine the visual outcomes and operative complications from this non-comparative case series of 755 consecutive eyes. All LASIK procedures were performed using a Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217A laser and the Bausch & Lomb Hansatome or the Automated Corneal Shaper microkeratome. All eyes were evaluated for operative complications. Visual acuity was reported with a minimum of 1 month follow-up.


Data analysis revealed that uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better was attained in 99.4% of treated eyes, and 20/20 or better in 77.2%. With both eyes open, 100% of patients saw 20/30 or better, 94% saw 20/20 or better, 70% saw 20/15 or better, and 5.5% saw 20/10. Flap related complications occurred in 7 of 755 eyes (0.9%) and all were successfully treated. Forty-two eyes (5.6%) were lost to follow-up prior to the 1-month examination and were excluded from analysis of visual acuity.


Favorable operative and visual acuity 1-month results in 755 eyes after LASIK with the Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217A laser were in part due to a well organized system of education, patient examination, execution of surgery, and postoperative care. A team approach was essential.

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