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Two Cases of Anterior Uveitis After Laser Eyebrow Epilation

Gunes, Alime MD; Yasar, Cigdem MD; Tok, Levent MD; Tok, Ozlem MD

doi: 10.1097/ICO.0000000000000294
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Purpose: Laser-assisted epilation of eyebrow hair has become a common practice, but a number of ocular complications can occur. We report the cases of 2 patients who had unilateral anterior uveitis after having undergone laser removal of eyebrow hair.

Methods: This report describes 2 patients who experienced eye pain, photophobia, redness, and edema after undergoing alexandrite (755 nm) laser epilation of the eyebrow area while not wearing protective eyewear or a corneal shield.

Results: Eye examinations revealed that both patients had conjunctival injection, endothelial keratic precipitates, and cells in the anterior chamber of one eye. They were treated with topical cyclopentolate and steroid eye drops. Within a week, their symptoms had disappeared, and anterior chamber reactions were not seen. At their 3-month follow-ups, their visual acuity was 20/20, and eye examination results were normal for both eyes of each patient.

Conclusions: Laser-assisted epilation of eyebrow hair can lead to unilateral anterior uveitis, and individuals must be informed about the risks involved in laser eyebrow epilation.

Department of Ophthalmology, Süleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Medicine, Isparta, Turkey.

Reprints: Alime Gunes, Department of Ophthalmology, Süleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Medicine, Isparta, 32260, Turkey (e-mail: dralimesefer@hotmail.com).

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Received July 04, 2014

Received in revised form September 16, 2014

Accepted September 21, 2014

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