Traumatic epithelial flap detachment after laser subepithelial keratomileusis

Kazuo Tsuji, Takahiro Yamamoto, Yoshiko Hori-Komai, Ikuko Toda, Kazuo Tsubota

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PURPOSE: To report a case of corneal epithelial flap detachment 20 days after laser subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK). METHODS: A 30-year-old man underwent LASEK for correction of myopia. On postoperative day 8, he was comfortable and the corneal epithelium healed completely with uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of 20/20. On postoperative day 20, the corneal epithelial flap on the right eye detached and was lost during pressure patching after puncture of the hordeolum. RESULTS: The corneal defect was treated with a bandage contact lens, levofloxacin, and hyaluronic acid eye drops. Ten days after detachment, UCVA had improved to 20/20 and the epithelium had closed completely. CONCLUSIONS: Mild trauma can cause epithelial flap detachment during the early postoperative period of LASEK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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