Two cases of pneumococcal keratitis following myopic LASIK

Tova Lifshitz, Jaime Levy, Frederik Raiskup, Itamar Klemperer, Joseph Frucht-Pery

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PURPOSE: To report two cases of pneumococcal keratitis after LASIK. METHODS: Retrospective interventional small case series of two patients who underwent bilateral LASIK for myopia and developed pneumococcal keratitis after surgery. This complication was encountered 2 days after surgery in one eye in both cases. The corneal flap was lifted, and irrigation and cultures from the stromal bed performed. Topical and subconjunctival antibiotics were started. RESULTS: Culture revealed Streptococcus pneumoniae in both cases. The infiltrates responded well to treatment. One year after the procedure, uncorrected visual acuity is >20/40 in both cases. CONCLUSIONS: Pneumococcal keratitis can complicate LASIK. Patients should be informed of this potential complication, as prompt treatment is crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-501
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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