A Lasik Complication

Although uncommon, a complication of lasik is “epithelial ingrowth.”    Epithelial ingrowth occurs when the corneal epithelial cells grow within the lamellar interface beneath the LASIK flap.   This may result in an inflammatory response, corneal edema, irregular astigmatism, or melting of the LASIK flap. When mild and peripheral, it may be observed. When progressive or severe, the LASIK flap must be lifted and the epithelium scraped from the bed.