Epipolis laser in-situ keratomileusis: an evolving surface ablation procedure for refractive corrections

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Purpose of reviewThe aim of this article is to provide an update on epipolis laser in-situ keratomileusis – an alternative surface photorefractive surgical technique for the correction of myopia.Recent findingsIn-vivo studies on animal models provide evidence that the replacement of the epithelial sheet on an ablated cornea can control corneal wound healing. Preliminary clinical data confirm that epipolis laser in-situ keratomileusis can provide excellent long-term visual and refractive results. The problems of late visual rehabilitation and postoperative pain, however, have not yet been fully addressed.SummaryBeing a recently introduced surgical photorefractive technique for ametropias correction, epipolis laser in-situ keratomileusis is a fast evolving area of interest for refractive surgeons.

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