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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 171679, 2 pages
Case Report

Downbeat Nystagmus Induced by Sedation in Lasik

1Denver Health Medical Center, Davis Pavillion, Eye clinic, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, Co 80204, USA
2Sanatorio Oftalmologico Merida, Departamento de Anestesia, Chihuahua 71 Col Roma, Mexico City 06700, Mexico

Received 8 December 2011; Accepted 3 February 2012

Academic Editor: C.-k. Joo

Copyright © 2012 Miguel Paciuc-Beja and Gerardo Mendieta. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nystagmus was elicited during lasik under sedation in two patients that were treated for depression. Nystagmus was not present before or after surgery. Nystagmus can be pharmacologically induced and can be a hazard to refractive surgery.