April 12, 2004

Macular Hemorrhage with Intralase Laser

Macular hemorrhage after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with femtosecond laser flap creation

American Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 138, Issue 4 , October 2004, Pages 657-659

Alexandre H. Principe MD, Danny Y. Lin MDa Kent W. Small MD and Anthony J. Aldave MD,

Cornea (A.H.P., D.Y.L., A.J.A.) Los Angeles, California, USA Retina Services (K.W.S.), Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaUSA


To report the first case of macular hemorrhage following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with femtosecond laser flap creation.


Observational case report.


A 36-year-old woman underwent uncomplicated, bilateral, simultaneous LASIK procedures for correction of moderate myopia (−5.00 diopters OD and −6.00 diopters OS). LASIK flap creation was performed using the IntraLase femtosecond laser.


On postoperative day 1, the patient's uncorrected and best-corrected visual acuities were 20/20 OD and 20/40 OS. A dilated fundoscopic examination revealed a one-third disk diameter macular hemorrhage OS. An intravenous fluorescein angoiogram ruled out the presence of predisposing macular pathology. Two months after LASIK, the macular hemorrhage had cleared, and 6 months later, the BCVA improved to 20/25 OS.


Macular hemorrhage may occur after LASIK, even in the absence of previously identified risk factors, such as high myopia, pre-existing choroidal neovasculaization, lacquer cracks, and sudden changes in intraocular pressure associated with microkeratome-assisted flap creation.

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