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Corneal perforation

What is a corneal perforation?

A perforation can occur in LASIK when the microkeratome blade causes a small hole or incision in the stromal tissue.

What are the potential implications for the patient's vision?

It depends on the location and size or depth of the perforation. It is a very serious complication and can result in large loss of best-corrected visual acuity.

How is a perforation diagnosed?

With a slit-lamp examination.

How is a perforation treated?

It depends on location and severity. Any substantial damage to the stroma tissue however would generally have to be treated with corneal transplantation.

Where can I get more information about perforations?

Click here for LaserMyEye Encyclopedia entry for perforations, which may have additional articles or links.