Laceration and partial dislocation of LASIK flaps 7 and 4 years postoperatively with 20/20 visual acuity after repair

George J.C. Jin, Kevin H. Merkley

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PURPOSE: To report two cases of late ocular trauma resulting in laceration of corneal flaps 7 and 4 years (cases 1 and 2, respectively) after LASIK. METHODS: A 49-year-old man sustained laceration of the flap and interface foreign body debris from construction material in the right eye 7 years after uneventful LASIK (case 1). A 33-year-old man had partial dislocation of the flap 4 years after LASIK in the left eye (case 2) due to a penetrating wood chip accident. Surgical procedures were performed to remove the foreign bodies and reposition the flaps. RESULTS: In case 1, postoperative uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) was 20/25 with manifest refraction of -0.50 -0.50 × 110 corrected to 20/20. In case 2, UCVA was 20/20 with piano refraction after LASIK retreatment. CONCLUSIONS: Corneal LASIK flaps are susceptible to penetrating trauma, which can occur >7 years after the procedure. Proper management of the trauma and LASIK flap can restore excellent visual acuity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-905
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

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