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Although this complication is extremely rare, optic neuropathy after LASIK surgery is a significant vision-threatening complication. During LASIK, an uncontrolled and unpredictable rise in intraocular pressure occurs. The rise may lead to the development of optic neuropathy, which can cause irreversible and untreatable visual loss, even legal blindness. Although controversial, the use of systemic corticosteroids may help improve visual function in some patients and should be given during the very early stages of the disease. In cases where the physician is not aware of this complication, delaying treatment is of no benefit. Finally, a proper diagnosis can allow the surgeon to take preventative measures to avoid optic nerve damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDifficult and Complicated Cases in Refractive Surgery
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783642552380
ISBN (Print)9783642552373
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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