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Arturo J Ramirez-Miranda, Alejandro Navas, Enrique O Graue; Refractive Lenticule Extraction Complications. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(7 ):3924.
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To report the complications associated with refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEx) in its 2 modalities Femtosecond Lenticule Extraction (FLEx) and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE)
Retrospective review of consecutive clinical case series.
94 eyes for the FLEx group and 160 for the SMILE group with mean follow-up around 36 months. 15 FLEx eyes presented surgical related complications (18.3%) including suction loss, lenticule failed to be created, decentered treatment, lenticule miss-dissection; and 43 SMILE eyes presented surgical complications (26.87%); including epithelial defect, as the most frequent,suction loss, lenticule miss-dissection, cap rupture, and lenticule rupture.
While ReLEx complications can occur, most are solvable favorably, and not visually significant
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