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Rainbow glare after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis: a review of literature

Authors Moshirfar M, Desautels JD, Quist TS, Skanchy DF, Williams MT, Wallace RT

Received 23 July 2016

Accepted for publication 18 August 2016

Published 9 November 2016 Volume 2016:10 Pages 2245—2249

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S117971

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Majid Moshirfar,1,2 Jordan D Desautels,3 Tyler S Quist,4 David F Skanchy,5 Mark T Williams,6 Ryan T Wallace7

1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 2HDR Research Center, Hoopes Vision, Draper, UT, 3Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 4University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 5McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, 6University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, 7Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Abstract: This article reviews the current literature pertaining to rainbow glare (RG), including incidence rate, clinical presentation, etiology, prognosis, and management. RG is a rare optical complication of femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis that results in patients seeing an array of spectral bands surrounding point sources of light under mesopic and scotopic conditions. The mechanism is thought to be a consequence of the formation of a transmissive diffraction grating on the posterior surface of the corneal flap created by the FS laser. RG has a good prognosis and is usually self-limiting. Persistent RG with concomitant residual refractive error may warrant lifting the flap and photoablating the posterior surface of the flap. Patients with persistent RG and no residual refractive error should be considered candidates for phototherapeutic keratectomy on the posterior flap surface.

Keywords: rainbow glare, femtosecond, LASIK, keratomileusis, phototherapeutic keratectomy

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