Corneal perforation associated with argon laser photocoagulation for a retinal tear

M. A Z Keithahn, R. H. Gross, Mark J Mannis, R. B. Morales, Lawrence S Morse

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PURPOSE: To report a corneal perforation during argon laser photocoagulation around a retinal tear following pneumatic retinopexy. METHODS: The patient was examined and found to have a corneal perforation with pigment in the base of the wound. To help explain this phenomenon, we evaluated the ability of argon blue-green laser to create a corneal perforation in a cadaver eye. RESULTS: In a cadaver eye, we induced a corneal perforation with argon laser only when a pigmented substance was present on the corneal surface. CONCLUSIONS: We hypothesize that pigmented material such as an eyelash or mascara caught between the cornea and contact lens interface may have facilitated this rare complication. Clinicians should be wary of any pigmented substance on the surface of the cornea or ophthalmoscopic lens when performing argon laser photocoagulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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