Although uncommon, a complication of lasik is “epithelial ingrowth.” Epithelial ingrowth occurs when the corneal epithelial cells grow within the lamellar interface beneath the LASIK flap. This may result in an inflammatory response, corneal edema, irregular astigmatism, or melting of the LASIK flap. When mild and peripheral, it may be observed. When progressive orContinue reading “A Lasik Complication”
Epithelial ingrowth is the presence of corneal epithelium in an area where it does not belong. After LASIK, epithelial ingrowth can occur in the interface between the flap and the stromal bed of the patient’s cornea. If the ingrowth is peripheral and not vision threatening, it can just be monitored.
Epithelial ingrowth is an uncommon complication of lasik. The incidence of visually significant epithelial ingrowth is about 1% in primary cases and 2% on enhancement cases in microkeratome-assisted flap creation.1,2 The incidence may be less with femtosecond-assisted flap creation.3,4 For mild and non-progressive epithelial ingrowth (Grade 1), no treatment is required. If vision is affectedContinue reading “A lasik complication”