This case reports an association between 2 uncommon flap complications in 1 eye related to epithelial toxicity and subsequent epithelial defect secondary to prolonged intraoperative exposure to topical anesthesia. A patient had hyperopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for the correction of +2.75 +1.75 x 70 in the left eye. Because of the patient's anxiety and movement, additional topical local anesthesia was used and the flap remained reflected for 5 minutes. Immediately postsurgery, a toxic appearance was noted in the epithelium of the LASIK flap; 24 hours later, a large central epithelial defect was identified. Three days post- LASIK, the epithelial defect had healed but diffuse lamellar keratitis was noted in the interface, particularly underlying the location of the original epithelial defect. Over 6 weeks, a self-limiting epithelial ingrowth developed in the inferior interface. Fourteen months post-LASIK, the uncorrected visual acuity was 6/9 with a residual refraction of +0.50 +0.50 x 90.