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Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2010 Jan;17(1):56-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.61217.

Intraoperative and Postoperative Complications of Laser in situ Keratomileusis Flap Creation Using IntraLase Femtosecond Laser and Mechanical Microkeratomes.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA.


An essential step of laser in situ keratomileusis surgery is corneal flap creation, Femtosecond (FS)-assisted or mechanical microkeratome. Each type has rare intraoperative and postoperative complication rates. Several recent studies have identified risk factors and guidelines to help manage these complications. Fortunately, studies have shown no loss of best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) after the management of intraoperative and postoperative complications in IntraLase FS and mechanical microkeratome. Refractive surgeons need to be aware of the types of complications that can occur, how to avoid them and how to manage them to ensure the best possible outcomes.


IntraLase Femtosecond Microkeratome; Laser in situ Keratomileusis Flap; Mechanical Microkeratome

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