Corneal iron line following LASIK with epithelial ingrowth

Steven J. Donnelly, Kraig S. Bower, Richard D. Stutzman, Jenna M. Burka

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Purpose: To report a new corneal iron line following keratorefractive surgery. Methods: Case report and review of the literature. A 51-year-old man developed epithelial ingrowth after otherwise uneventful LASIK surgery. The patient, satisfied with an uncorrected visual acuity of 20/25 and otherwise asymptomatic, declined to have his flap relifted to treat the ingrowth. Results: Six months postoperatively a corneal iron line was noted at the leading edge of the epithelial ingrowth. Vision remained stable. Conclusions: Epithelial iron lines have been reported with a number of conditions, including post-refractive procedures. This is the first report of an iron line associated with epithelial ingrowth following LASIK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)870-873
Number of pages4
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Corneal iron lines
  • Epithelial ingrowth
  • Refractive surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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