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


UNLABELLED 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.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2014.11.033

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@article{Kim2015ManagementOL, title={Management of long-standing partially torn and flipped laser in situ keratomileusis flaps.}, author={Jin Sun Kim and Byunghoon Chung and Taekjune Lee and Woon Cho Kim and Tae-im Kim and Eung Kweon Kim}, journal={Journal of cataract and refractive surgery}, year={2015}, volume={41 2}, pages={464-7} }