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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2019, Article ID 5270636, 2 pages
Case Report

Nontraumatic Epithelial Ingrowth 15 Years Post Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

The American University of Beirut Medical Center, Cairo Street, Beirut, Lebanon

Correspondence should be addressed to Joanna S. Saade; moc.liamg@hedaasannaoj

Received 29 June 2019; Revised 13 August 2019; Accepted 29 August 2019; Published 7 October 2019

Academic Editor: Alexander A. Bialasiewicz

Copyright © 2019 Joanna S. Saade et al. 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.


Purpose. Epithelial ingrowth occurring many years after primary Laser in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) without a preceding traumatic event is very rare. Case Report. We describe the case of a 61-year-old woman with epithelial ingrowth in her right eye 15 years after primary LASIK. She presented with right eye redness, pain, and decreased vision and denied any preceding trauma. An epithelial cells’ tract was visible on Optical Coherence Tomography. Conservative treatment lead to the stabilization of the epithelial nests. Discussion. Epithelial ingrowth can occur many years after LASIK and may be due to a microtrauma to the edge of the flap.