May 20, 2010

LASIK Blade Leaves Metal in Patient’s Eye

By Staff in Categories: LASIK

This patient is having a confocal exam, which demonstrates an extreme amount of metallic debris left in the eye by the blade that cut the flap. The blades are supposed to be meticulously cleaned and inspected by microscope prior to use, but this patient's surgeon apparently used it straight out of the box. The patient has had extreme light sensitivity and pain since LASIK and is now two years post-op. The examining doctor finds the metal debris, along with "activated keratocytes", which are a sign of continued inflammation in the cornea. Two years later? Is something wrong with this picture?

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