Oman Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 146--148

Intravitreal aflibercept treatment for choroidal neovascularization secondary to laser pointer

Ali Keles1, Suleyman Korhan Karaman2,  
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Cizre State Hospital, Sirnak, Turkey
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Ulucanlar Eye Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ali Keles
Department of Ophthalmology, Cizre State Hospital, 73200, Sirnak


A 15-year-old male was presented with blurred vision in his right eye for 2 weeks. The patient had a history of looking with the right eye for 5–6 s at a distance of 20 cm from green laser beam (class 3a, 5 mW, 532 nm). Dilated fundus examinations revealed a yellow lesion in the right eye, resulting in loss of foveal reflection at the fovea. Fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) images and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans were compatible with active classic choroidal neovascularization (CNV). A single dose of intravitreal aflibercept was performed to the right eye, and at the 1st month after the injection, the best-corrected visual acuity improved to 20/100 from 20/200. FFA showed staining of the scar with no leakage, and OCT revealed scar formation. At the follow-up visits, during 38-month follow-up, no CNV activity was observed. Intravitreal aflibercept may be an appropriate treatment option in cases with laser pointer injury-induced CNV.

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Keles A, Karaman SK. Intravitreal aflibercept treatment for choroidal neovascularization secondary to laser pointer.Oman J Ophthalmol 2020;13:146-148

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Laser instruments are used in many areas of human activity including medicine, industry, laboratory research, entertainment, and military. In parallel with the widespread use of lasers, many accidents have resulted in ocular injury. Damage to the tissues occurs due to the wavelength, power, and contact time of the laser light.[1] Laser injuries can cause visual impairment by direct damage to the globe (retinal holes, scarring, or hemorrhages) or by long-term changes (i.e., cataract and choroidal neovascularization [CNV]).[2]

Herein, we describe the case of CNV secondary to the laser pointer injury treated with intravitreal aflibercept (Eylea ®, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bayer) for the anatomic and functional results during 38-month follow-up. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of laser pointer injury-associated CNV treated with intravitreal administration of aflibercept in the literature.

 Case Report

A 15-year-old male patient complained of visual decrease in the right eye for 2 weeks. From the history, we learned that he had looked with the right eye for 5–6 s at a distance of 20 cm from green laser beam (class 3a, 5 mW, 532 nm) a month ago to play as a fun toy [Figure 1]a.[3] Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/200 on the right and 20/20 on the left. Intraocular pressure was within normal limits in both eyes. Anterior segment examinations were normal in both eyes. Dilated fundus examination revealed that there was a ½ disk diameter dirty yellow lesion in the right eye, resulting in loss of foveal reflection at the macula, whereas the left eye was normal on examination [Figure 1]b.{Figure 1}

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed a hyperreflective lesion on the retinal pigment epithelium in the right eye and subretinal fluid (SRF) and subretinal hyperreflective material (SHRM) adjacent to the retinal thickening [Figure 2]a. Fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) of the right eye illustrated a pattern of well-delineated diffuse fluorescence in the early phases of FFA increasing in late phases suggesting an active subfoveal CNV lesion [Figure 2]b.{Figure 2}

A single dose of 2 mg intravitreal aflibercept injection (2 mg/0.05 ml) was performed to the right eye considering laser light injury-induced active classic CNV. Informed written consent was obtained from the patient and parents for the off-label use of aflibercept.

The 1st month after the injection, the right eye BCVA improved to 20/100, and the complaints of defective vision decreased. In the right eye, marked reduction of the SRF was observed, and FFA of the right eye showed staining of the scar with no leakage [Figure 3]a and OCT revealed contraction of the lesion with reduced SRF and SHRM [Figure 3]b. During the 38-month follow-up, no CNV activity was observed and no additional injections were needed. No recurrence was observed at the last examination, the BCVA was preserved, and the OCT showed a scarred CNVM which was similar to those at the 1st month postinjection [Figure 4]a and [Figure 4]b.{Figure 3}{Figure 4}


Laser pointers are commonly used in presentations and in children's games. Exposure to these lasers can cause retinal damage. Macular hole, subhyaloid hemorrhage, premacular subinternal limiting membrane hemorrhage, outer retinal disruption, schisis-like cavity, epimacular membrane, vitreous or chorioretinal hemorrhage, retinal edema, scars in the pigment epithelium, foveal granulation, perifoveal drusen-like deposit, hypopigmented round lesions in the fovea, macular damage, and CNV have been reported associated with the laser pointer-induced retinal injury.[4],[5],[6],[7]

The treatment options for retinal injury associated with a laser pointer are limited in the literature. Patients with laser pointer injuries were treated with corticosteroid drugs.[8] Xu et al. successfully treated laser pointer-induced CNV with intravitreal bevacizumab.[9]

Aflibercept is a recombinant fusion protein that inhibits the pathological angiogenic process. In contrast to other antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, aflibercept has a higher affinity for VEGF-A and additionally binds VEGF-B and placental growth factor.[10] As far as we know, cases of laser pointer-induced CNV treated with intravitreal administration of aflibercept has not been described to date.

We injected a single-dose intravitreal aflibercept to our patient, and at the 1st month of the injection, involution of the CNV and improvement in BCVA from 20/200 to 20/100 was obtained. No recurrence was observed at 38-month follow-up. Final visual recovery was low due to the subfoveal location and scarring of the lesion. Laser injury-induced CNV involves rupture of Bruch's membrane which caused a local inflammatory response resulting in angiogenesis.[11] Experimental and clinical evidence has shown that VEGF is the key component in the pathogenesis of CNV.[12] A single dose of aflibercept injection may have been sufficient due to its higher binding affinity for VEGF in comparison with other anti-VEGFs. Furthermore, the absence of a provocative disease on the base that stimulates CNV progression contributes predominantly, as well as the classic CNV nature similar to myopic CNV [13] may be among the possible mechanisms of less treatment required.

In conclusion, intravitreal aflibercept injection may be an effective and safe treatment alternative that can be considered in cases with laser pointer injury-induced CNV.

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