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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Difficult and Complicated Cases in Refractive Surgery|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
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