Two cases of pneumococcal keratitis following myopic LASIK. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: To report two cases of pneumococcal keratitis after LASIK. METHODS: Retrospective interventional small case series of two patients who underwent bilateral LASIK for myopia and developed pneumococcal keratitis after surgery. This complication was encountered 2 days after surgery in one eye in both cases. The corneal flap was lifted, and irrigation and cultures from the stromal bed performed. Topical and subconjunctival antibiotics were started. RESULTS: Culture revealed Streptococcus pneumoniae in both cases. The infiltrates responded well to treatment. One year after the procedure, uncorrected visual acuity is > 20/40 in both cases. CONCLUSIONS: Pneumococcal keratitis can complicate LASIK. Patients should be informed of this potential complication, as prompt treatment is crucial.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005