Post-laser refractive surgery keratitis: A concise narrative review

Soltani Shahgoli S., Cheraqpour K., Soleimani M., Atighehchian M., Tabatabaei S. A., Sargolzaeimoghaddam M., ...More

Journal of International Medical Research, vol.51, no.10, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/03000605231206054
  • Journal Name: Journal of International Medical Research
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, PASCAL, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: epidemiology, Keratitis, laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, literature review, management, photorefractive keratotomy, prognosis, risk factors, small-incision lenticule extraction
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Laser refractive surgery (LRS) is a specialized surgical discipline within ophthalmology that focuses on vision correction via laser techniques. LRS requires a high rate of accuracy and exactitude to improve the visual outcome and minimize complications, which may lead to delayed visual recovery. Keratitis, either infectious or noninfectious, is a post-LRS complication that requires early diagnosis and proper interventional measures. In this narrative review, we summarize different aspects of keratitis following LRS. This literature review aims to provide a thorough understanding of the causes of post-LRS infectious keratitis and its appropriate management for successful outcomes.