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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1474

Epithelial ingrowth following LASIK managed with Nd:YAG laser

Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton, United Kingdom

Date of Web Publication22-Aug-2019

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mayank A Nanavaty
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Eastern Road, Brighton - BN2 5BF
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1825_18

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Nanavaty MA. Epithelial ingrowth following LASIK managed with Nd:YAG laser. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1474

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Nanavaty MA. Epithelial ingrowth following LASIK managed with Nd:YAG laser. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 14];67:1474. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/9/1474/265101

A 34-year old presented with a history of foreign body sensation and reduced vision (from irregular astigmatism) after eye rubbing in his left eye following myopic LASIK 10 years ago. [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b shows active epithelial ingrowth at the flap margin.[1],[2],[3],[4] [Figure 1]c and [Figure 1]d demonstrates ideal appearance of the epithelial ingrowth following Nd:YAG laser (1 MJ) aimed at creating a discontinuity between the flap edge ingrowth and the inner island to prevent progression. After 3 months, the ingrowth disappeared and patient was emmetropic with no irregular astigmatism. These images can be used as a guide when performing YAG lasers in such cases.
Figure 1: (a) Size and extent of epithelial ingrowth at the LASIK flap margin. (b) The magnified view of the epithelial ingrowth and the LASIK flap margin. (c) Epithelial ingrowth following Nd:YAG laser application to create a discontinuity between the LASIK flap edge epithelial ingrowth and the inner island to prevent progression. (d) The magnified view of the Nd:YAG laser-induced discontinuity

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