Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Patrick Caroline


This guide provides the optometrist with a quick reference of LASIK post-operative complications currently reported in ophthalmology literature. Since LASIK is becoming a popular procedure, many more optometrists are comanaging post-operative LASIK patients. The complications of LASIK are unique and not found in primary care clinical guides. The description, prevalence, etiology, symptoms, signs, differential diagnosis, and management are presented for each complication. Additional sections aimed at preventing complications are LASIK contraindications, consultation criteria for screening LASIK candidates, a pre-operative examination, and a post-operative examination. Primary sources and review articles are provided for the optometrist to reference. This guide puts a clinically useful LASIK management guide at the fingertips of optometrists.

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