Management of long-standing partially torn and flipped laser in situ keratomileusis flaps

Jin Sun Kim, Byunghoon Chung, Taekjune Lee, Woon Cho Kim, Tae Im Kim, Eung Kweon Kim

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We describe 2 cases of traumatized and torn laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) flaps, partially flipped anteriorly or posteriorly, fixed for 8 months or 4 months, and accompanied by epithelial ingrowth. The 2 patients had had uneventful bilateral LASIK 6 years and 1 year before the trauma. In Case 1, the anteriorly flipped flap was removed with transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy. Next, mitomycin-C 0.04% was applied for 30 seconds. In Case 2, the portion of the flap that was flipped posteriorly and buried under the remaining intact LASIK flap was restored to its original normal position and epithelial ingrowth was removed mechanically with a microcurette. Irrigation with 20% ethanol was performed to inhibit the recurrence of interfacial epithelial ingrowth. The stretched amniotic membrane overlay over the cornea and sclera was sutured tightly to the episclera as the biologic pressure patch for the inhibition of epithelial re-ingrowth. Good visual acuity was restored in both cases. Financial Disclosure No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-467
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korean government Ministry of Education and Science Technology (MEST) (Number 2011-0028699 ), Sejong, South Korea.

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© 2015 ASCRS and ESCRS.

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