Rarely, after lasik, a white spot on the eye forms, causing light sensitivity and discomfort. This represents inflammation which is associated with gram-positive bacteria, most likely Staphylococcus. It resolves within 1 week, with steroid and antibiotic eye drops, with minimal impact on vision.
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”