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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2012 Feb;38(2):357-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2011.10.024. Epub 2011 Nov 23.

Surgical management of traumatic LASIK flap dislocation with macrostriae and epithelial ingrowth 14 years postoperatively.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.


Fourteen years after uneventful laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), a 59-year-old woman presented after suffering blunt trauma to her left eye 5 weeks earlier. The injury resulted in traumatic flap dislocation, epithelial ingrowth, and significant macrostriae. Following epithelial removal, the flap was hydrated with sterile water, facilitating reduction of the macrostriae and reapproximation without the need for suture placement. The postoperative course was uneventful, and at 1 month, the epithelial ingrowth and macrostriae had resolved and the uncorrected distance visual acuity was 20/30. This case represents the longest documented interval from LASIK surgery to traumatic flap dislocation. We describe our surgical approach to the management of this type of injury and present a video illustrating the technique.

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