Mechanical epikeratome (ophthalmic surgery)
Epi-LASIK combines the best of LASIK and surface ablation. This refractive surgical technique consists in mechanically cleaving the epithelium from the Bowman’s membrane leaving a pristine optical zone for laser ablation thanks to a device called an epikeratome. Epi-LASIK preserves the structural integrity of the eye and allows the production of a remarkably viable epithelial flap. This flap can be either discarded or repositioned, according to the surgeon’s preference. Epi-LASIK also minimizes discomfort, and shortens the length of visual recovery.