Diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK)

David R. Hardten, Richard L. Lindstrom

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DLK is an early postoperative complication appearing as an inflammatory response initially in the corneal stroma followed by the flap interface. Occurrence is infrequent. Postoperative examination at 1 day after the LASIK procedure is usually diagnostic. Careful cleaning techniques and avoidance of contaminants may reduce outbreaks. Treatment of stages 1 and 2 includes aggressive topical steroids and careful daily monitoring. Treatment of stage 3 includes lifting the flap, gentle rinsing, and careful daily monitoring thereafter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManagement of Complications in Refractive Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319605616
ISBN (Print)9783319605609
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018


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