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Treatment of epithelial ingrowth in ReLEx SMILE by YAG laser: case report

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First Author: S.Renier BELGIUM

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To describe a method for eliminating epithelial ingrowth by YAG laser


Oogkliniek Brugge, Belgian Ocular Laser Center, private center


Our patient developped epithelial ingrowth in the RE 6 weeks after uneventful Relex SMILE surgery. Since epithelial ingrowth progressed after checkup of 2 weeks we decided to perform YAG laser treatment of this zone.


We placed YAG laser spots on the epithelial sheet, untill microbubbles of plasma appeared. After 2 sessions of YAG laser treatment (20 and 24 spots @ 0.6mJ) the ingrowth regressed completely. After 6 months only a faint interface haze remains in the treated zone.


The YAG laser treatment was succesful in eliminating the epithelial ingrowth. By our knowledge, this is the first time this treatment is described after SMILE surgery.

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