Alexandrite laser induced uveitis & pigment dispersion: A case report and review of the literature

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Purpose: To describe a complication of an upper eyelid alexandrite laser procedure. Observations: A 55-year-old woman presented with left eye blurred vision and photophobia after a left upper eyelid procedure with an alexandrite laser. She had elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), anterior chamber cell and pigment, posterior synechiae, and retroillumination defects in the left eye. She was treated with topical prednisolone and brimonidine. Six months later, although her anterior chamber had cleared and IOP had normalized, the patient reported decreased vision-related quality of life from persistent photophobia. Conclusions and Importance: Alexandrite lasers are commonly used for hair removal and skin depigmentation. When used periocularly without proper eye protection, they have the potential to create irreversible ocular complications. This case demonstrates the importance of proper eye protection with periocular laser procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100632
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Alexandrite laser
  • Anterior uveitis
  • Pigment dispersion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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