Epithelial Ingrowth After RK and Lasik Surgery

The top photo was taken in 2010. Note the blood vessels growing along the RK incision. In addition, if you look carefully you will notice a few milky-white deposits near the blood vessels close to the pupil. This was the first sign of epithelial cells ( the outer cellular layer of the cornea) getting underneath the LASIK flap. The lower photo was taken in 2013. Note how the milky white area has grown dramatically. The R-K surgery was done in 1988 and the LASIK surgery was done in 1999. At the present time this patient is having a consultation at a major university eye center for a corneal transplant.

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