Cornea. 2006 Apr;25(3):291-5.

Yeung L, Chen YF, Lin KK, Huang SC, Hsiao CH.

Department of Ophthalmology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.


PURPOSE: To describe central corneal iron deposition after myopic LASIK.

METHODS: Patients visiting our outpatient clinics between February 2003 and January 2004 and displaying post-LASIK corneal iron deposits were retrospectively enrolled in the study.

RESULTS: Forty-two eyes of 24 patients developed corneal iron deposition after myopic LASIK surgery. All eyes displayed a small, spotty iron deposit located in the center of the corneal flap. The median interval between LASIK and diagnosis of corneal iron deposition was 22.5 months. The spherical equivalents of achieved correction ranged from 4.00 D to 17.50 D.

CONCLUSION: Spotty corneal iron deposition can develop in the center of the corneal flap after myopic LASIK surgery. Because it is asymptomatic, the condition may have been hitherto underestimated in patient populations.