We describe the case of a 50-year-old woman with anterior basement membrane dystrophy and dry eyes who had femtosecond laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with gas-bubble breakthrough during flap creation in both eyes. The gas-bubble breakthrough appeared beneath the applanation interface in advance of the leading laser edge in the right eye and behind the advancing laser edge in the left eye. The surgery was aborted and 5 days later, photorefractive keratectomy with mitomycin-C was performed in the right eye and LASIK in the left eye. When a gas-bubble breakthrough extends in front of the advancing laser edge of the flap, the surgery should be aborted; surface ablation can be performed as a second-stage procedure. However, if the breakthrough occurs behind the advancing laser edge, the flap can be carefully lifted and the LASIK completed.
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- Sensory Systems