Author(s): Netto MV, Wilson SE
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Abstract PURPOSE: To analyze the results achieved with LASIK retreatment after lifting the original flap in a large series of patients. DESIGN: Retrospective, noncomparative, interventional consecutive case series. PARTICIPANTS: Two thousand four hundred twenty-two consecutive eyes undergoing LASIK surgery for myopia, including 334 eyes submitted to flap lift for LASIK retreatment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Uncorrected visual acuity, best-corrected visual acuity, refractive error, and complications. RESULTS: LASIK retreatment was performed in 334 eyes (14\%), and the mean time between initial procedure and retreatment was 8.2+/-6.2 months. The mean spherical equivalent (SE) improved from -1.2+/-0.6 diopters (D) (range, -4.2 to +1.2 D) before retreatment to +0.2+/-0.4 D (range, -3.1 to +1.1 D) after the retreatment. The uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) after retreatment was 20/20 or better in 58\% and 20/40 or better in 92\% of eyes. The mean SE was within +/-1.0 D in 96\% of the patients and within +/-0.5 D in 80.5\% after retreatment. Eighteen eyes (5\%) lost 1 line of best-corrected visual acuity, and 4 eyes (1\%) lost 2 lines. CONCLUSIONS: LASIK retreatment surgery performed by relifting the flap was a useful procedure for correcting residual refractive errors after the primary LASIK procedure. It provided good uncorrected visual acuity, predictable results, good refractive stability, and few complications.
This article was published in Ophthalmology
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology