A corneal flap technique for laser in situ keratomileusis. Human studies

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991 Dec;109(12):1699-702. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1991.01080120083031.


Using a modified microkeratome, nasally based central corneal flaps were created on six human blind eyes at a depth of 300 microns. The flaps were allowed to heal with a bandage soft contact lens, using neither sutures nor bioadhesives. The optical quality of the corneas was evaluated with biomicroscopic examination, computer-assisted topography, and optical pachometry during a 3-month follow-up period. The maintenance of transparency and lack of distortion of the corneal surface 3 months after surgery support the concept that the flap technique may be useful in laser in situ keratomileusis.

MeSH terms

  • Cornea / anatomy & histology
  • Corneal Transplantation / instrumentation
  • Corneal Transplantation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / instrumentation
  • Postoperative Care
  • Refractive Surgical Procedures*
  • Surgical Flaps*