Exposure Keratopathy After Cosmetic CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing


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Abstract

Purpose.To report two cases of exposure keratopathy after cosmetic CO2 laser skin resurfacing.Methods.Two patients presented with bilateral intrapalpebral epitheliopathy. They were examined, treated, and followed for several weeks.Results.Nonsurgical treatment options, including a variety of lubricants, punctal plugs, and lid taping, did not lead to a complete resolution of symptoms. Surgical options were recommended.Conclusion.Exposure keratopathy should be recognized as a potential side effect of not only incisional lid surgery but also facial CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedures.

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