A Rare Devastating Complication of Lasik: Bilateral Fungal Keratitis

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Sekeroglu H. T. , ERDEM E. , YAR K. , YAĞMUR M. , ERSÖZ T. R. , UĞUZ A.

JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

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  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1155/2010/450230


Purpose. To report an unusual case of severe bilateral fungal keratitis following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Method. A 48-year-old man developed bilateral diffuse corneal infiltration two weeks after LASIK. The corneal scrapings revealed fungal filaments but cultures were negative. Results. The corneal ulceration was improved on the left eye whereas spontaneous perforation occurred and finally evisceration was needed on the right eye despite topical and systemic antifungal treatment. Conclusions. Fungal keratitis, especially with bilateral involvement, is a very rare and serious complication of LASIK surgery. Clinical suspicion is crucial because most of fungal keratitis are misdiagnosed as bacterial keratitis and can lead serious visual results, even eye loss.