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Case Report

Corneal Iron Line Following LASIK With Epithelial Ingrowth

Donnelly, Steven J MD; Bower, Kraig S MD; Stutzman, Richard D MD; Burka, Jenna M MD

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Purpose: To report a new corneal iron line following keratorefractive surgery.

Methods: Case report and review of the literature. A 51-year-old man developed epithelial ingrowth after otherwise uneventful LASIK surgery. The patient, satisfied with an uncorrected visual acuity of 20/25 and otherwise asymptomatic, declined to have his flap relifted to treat the ingrowth.

Results: Six months postoperatively a corneal iron line was noted at the leading edge of the epithelial ingrowth. Vision remained stable.

Conclusions: Epithelial iron lines have been reported with a number of conditions, including post-refractive procedures. This is the first report of an iron line associated with epithelial ingrowth following LASIK.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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