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Chronic Pain Following Laser Keratorefractive Surgery*

Conclusions The duration of putative centralized corneal neuropathic pain exceeded 2 years at the time of our initial consultation in all patients. This cohort consisted of 15 women and 6 men. 62% of patients reported a pain-free interval between the resolution of surgical pain and onset of chronic corneal pain which ranged from 3 days to 15 years. Excluding the 15 year outlier, the median delay in the onset of chronic pain following surgery was 1.5 years. 14 of 17 patients who had worn soft contact lenses prior to surgery had developed intolerance to these devices. Of the 4 patients without