Laser in situ keratomileusis versus laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy for the correction of high myopia

Jin Kook Kim, Sung Soo Kim, Hyung Keun Lee, In Sik Lee, Gong Je Seong, Eung Kweon Kim, Sueng Han Han

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Purpose: To compare the visual and refractive outcomes of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) in the treatment of high myopia. Setting: Institute of Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, and Balgeunsesang Ophthalmology Clinic, Seoul, South Korea. Methods: Four hundred seventy eyes of 240 patients with manifest refraction spherical components greater than -6.00 diopters (D) were assigned to 2 groups: 324 eyes (167 patients) were treated with LASIK and 146 eyes (73 patients), with LASEK. Uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), remaining refractive error, corneal haze, and complications were followed in both groups for 12 months. Results: At 12 months, the mean spherical equivalent (SE) was within ±0.50 D of emmetropia in 205 eyes (63.3%) in the LASIK group and 81 eyes (55.5%) in the LASEK group and within ±1.00 D in 261 eyes (80.6%) and 104 eyes (71.2%), respectively. The UCVA was 20/25 or better in 269 LASIK eyes (83.0%) and 111 LASEK eyes (76.0%). There was more than a 1-line loss of BSCVA in 4 LASIK eyes (1.2%) and 21 LASEK eyes (14.3%). The between-group differences in SE, magnitude of cylinder, UCVA, and haze were statistically significant (P<.05). Conclusions: Both LASIK and LASEK were safe and effectively treated eyes with high myopia. Laser in situ keratomileusis provided superior results in visual predictability and corneal opacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1411
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul

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Funding Information:
Supported by grant 02-PJ1-PG1-CH02-003 from the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Seoul, South Korea.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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