February 15, 2002

Surgeons Describe a 5-8% Flap Complication Rate for Lasik

Preventing LASIK Buttonholes Steep corneas and surface dryness increase patient risk Balamurali K. Ambati, MD, and Alan N. Carlson, MD LASIK is now widely performed, with an estimated 1.5 million procedures performed last year.1 Flap complications have been reported in 5% to 8.7% of cases.2 The buttonhole, occurring at a rate of 0.3% to 2.6%, is one of the more serious flap abnormalities because it results in loss of BCVA.3-6 A buttonhole in the flap occurs when the microkeratome blade...
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