2018, Number 2
Rev Cub Oftal 2018; 31 (2)
Mariño HO, Guerra AM, Cárdenas DT, Cruz ID, Pérez SRG, Cabrera RY
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ABSTRACTInterface epithelialization is one of the secondary complications of LASIK and SMILE refractive corneal surgery which may negatively affect the visual quality of operated patients. A female 51-year-old patient presents who underwent surgery about two years ago for compound hyperopic astigmatism of both eyes by LASIK technique with a pendular microkeratome. Approximately five months ago the patient began experiencing gradual visual loss in her right eye. Visual acuity of the right eye was 0.1 without correction and 0.3 with correction. Ophthalmological examination found whitish deposits in the corneal flap interface revealing interface epithelialization. It was decided to lift the corneal flap to remove the epithelial tissue from the interface. Phototherapeutic keratectomy was performed and 0.02 % mitomycin C applied on the area. The patient's evolution was satisfactory. At one month, visual acuity of the right eye had risen to 0.5 without correction and 0.9 with correction, and no signs of recurrence were observed.