“What went right in this case was that I was able to dissect carefully under most of the flap without issue,” she said “What went wrong was that there was 1 clock hour of incomplete flap, but what went right is that I could open it with the scissors, and when I lifted the flap, the stromal bed looked great.”
The case was completed and the patient had a good outcome.
The second case involved suction loss, which Dr. Sood noted is uncommon, but not rare.
The patient was a man who was both very anxious and had deep set eyes, and it took about 15 minutes and two raster passes to finish the flap creation. The case was completed, and the patient had a good outcome, but it was a traumatic experience for him.
“In retrospect I asked myself, what could have gone more right, and I thought it would have been nicer if after the third or fourth suction loss, when the patient really needed to take a break, if I could have converted to advanced surface ablation,” Dr. Sood said.