Hypopyon uveitis following LASIK in a patient with ulcerative colitis

Margaret P. Liu, Frank S. Hwang, J. P. Dunn, Walter J. Stark, Kraig S. Bower

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PURPOSE: To present a case of unilateral hypopyon uveitis that began 15 days after uneventful bilateral LASIK in a 24-year-old man with an undisclosed history of ulcerative colitis. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: The hypopyon uveitis completely resolved after treatment with aggressive topical and oral steroid agents in combination with topical antibiotic coverage. CONCLUSIONS: Although rare, visually significant hypopyon uveitis may arise after LASIK in the setting of ulcerative colitis and positive human leukocyte antigen (HLA) B27. Early recognition and treatment can result in an excellent outcome. The exact relationship between hypopyon uveitis and LASIK is impossible to ascertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-591
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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