- Journal of Refractive Surgery
- January 2012 - Volume 28 · Issue 1: 32-36
To evaluate risk factors, management, and outcomes in patients who experienced suction loss during LASIK flap creation with a femtosecond laser (Intra-Lase FS 60, Abbott Medical Optics Inc).
Pre- and postoperative visual outcomes and refractions for 71 eyes of 70 patients after suction loss during flap creation with the IntraLase FS60 femtosecond laser were analyzed and studied.
In patients requiring a second or third lamellar flap cut immediately after suction loss, 97.2% of eyes achieved uncorrected distance visual acuity of 0.00 logMAR (20/20) or better and 100% of eyes achieved corrected distance visual acuity of 0.00 logMAR (20/20) or better at most recent follow-up.
Our study suggests that excellent visual outcomes can be achieved if an immediate lamellar recut is performed after suction loss with a femtosecond laser.
From Shinagawa LASIK Center, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, Japan (Tomita, Watabe, T. Nakamura, N. Nakamura, Tsuru); ReVision Advanced Laser Eye Center, Columbus, Ohio (Waring); and St Joseph’s Translational Research Center, Atlanta, Georgia (Waring).
The authors have no financial or proprietary interests in the materials presented herein.
Correspondence: Minoru Tomita, MD, PhD, Shinagawa LASIK Center, Yurakucho ITOCiA 14F, 2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo, 100-0006, Japan. Tel: 81 3 5221 2207; Fax: 81 3 5221 8138; E-mail: email@example.com
Received: December 05, 2010
Accepted: October 11, 2011
Posted Online: December 02, 2011