Laser in-situ keratomileusis infection: review and update of current practices

Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul;22(4):233-7. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e3283479ed4.


Purpose of review: To review new clinically relevant data regarding the prevention cause and treatment of laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) infections.

Recent findings: Many recent studies of post-LASIK infectious keratitis show the predominance of atypical mycobacteria and Gram-positive cocci and the growing number of other rare pathogens. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery White Paper treatment paradigm remains the model for initial treatment of LASIK-associated infectious keratitis.

Summary: Improved understanding of the risk factor, different causes, along with a high degree of suspicion on initial presentation is crucial in order to provide the appropriate management in LASIK-associated infectious keratitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Corneal Ulcer / microbiology
  • Corneal Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Eye Infections / microbiology
  • Eye Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Keratomileusis, Laser In Situ / adverse effects*
  • Primary Prevention / methods*
  • Risk Factors