LASIK: management of common complications. Laser in situ keratomileusis

Cornea. 1998 Sep;17(5):459-67. doi: 10.1097/00003226-199809000-00001.


Purpose: To review common complications noted with LASIK.

Methods: Review of personal experience of the author with the procedure and work published in the literature.

Results: The most common complications of the LASIK procedure include flap irregularities, epithelium and other materials within the lamellar interface, irregular astigmatism, regular astigmatism, regression, and overcorrection. Infection is a rare but potentially serious complication.

Conclusions: LASIK has impressive potential for the correction of myopia and hyperopia. Surgeons who perform the procedure must be familiar with recognition and treatment of potential complications of LASIK.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Corneal Diseases / etiology
  • Corneal Diseases / therapy*
  • Corneal Stroma / surgery*
  • Corneal Topography
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Surgical Flaps