Optic neuropathy after Epi-LASIK

Sandra R. Montezuma, Simmons Lesseil, Roberto Pineda

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PURPOSE: To report a case of optic neuropathy after epi-LASIK. METHODS: A 24-year-old man developed optic neuropathy after epi-LASIK, possibly related to the barotrauma created by the suction ring. Optic neuropathy and steroid-induced ocular hypertension were diagnosed. Prednisolone drops were discontinued and timolol was started. RESULTS: After 2 weeks, his symptoms improved and the pain resolved. CONCLUSIONS: Optic neuropathy is a potentially vision-threatening complication of epi-LASIK. Barotrauma from a transient increase in intraocular pressure created by the suction ring can be an important factor in this entity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008


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