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Anterior uveitis following eyebrow epilation with alexandrite laser

Authors Karabela Y, Eliaçik M

Received 5 June 2015

Accepted for publication 31 July 2015

Published 7 September 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 177—179


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Yunus Karabela,1 Mustafa Eliaçik2

1Department of Ophthalmology, Esenler Hospital, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Kadiköy Medipol Hospital, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey

Abstract: Ocular tissues are known to be sensitive to damage from exposure to laser emissions. This study reports the case of a female patient with acute unilateral anterior uveitis caused by alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal of the eyebrows. We report a 38-year-old female who presented with unilateral eye pain, redness, and photophobia after receiving alexandrite (755 nm) laser epilation of both eyebrows. Best corrected visual acuity was 20/20 in both eyes. Right eye examination was normal. Left eye examination showed conjunctival injection and 2+/3+ cells in the anterior chamber. Intraocular pressure and fundus examination were normal. Topical steroids and cycloplegic drops were prescribed for 3 weeks. At the end of the 3-week follow-up, best corrected visual acuity was 20/20, and intraocular pressure and fundus examination were normal in both eyes. The left eye was white, and the anterior chamber was clear. The patient continues to be monitored. In conclusion, without adequate protective eyewear, laser hair removal of the eyebrows with alexandrite laser can lead to ocular damage.

Keywords: uveitis, laser exposure, photothermolysis, laser hair removal, photoepilation

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