Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis recurrence after laser in situ keratomileusis

Marcelo V. Netto, Maria Regina Chalita, Ronald R. Krueger

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Purpose To report a case of recurrent Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis (SPK) in a patient submitted to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in one eye and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in the fellow eye. Design Observational case report. Methods A 32-year-old woman was diagnosed with Thygeson's SPK 5 years before undergoing PRK on the right eye and LASIK on the left eye to correct -3.00 + 1.50 × 20 and -3.75 sph, respectively. Results The patient presented with recurrence of Thygeson's SPK in the left eye 10 months after the LASIK procedure and no recurrence on the right eye, which was treated with PRK. Conclusions This case report suggests that PRK may be a better option than LASIK in patients with ocular history of Thygeson's SPK. However, no strong conclusion can be established until further studies confirm the hypothesis of a lower recurrence rate of Thygeson's SPK following PRK compared with LASIK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-508
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ophthalmology


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