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Significant topographic thickness variability differences in LASIK flaps created by a mechanical microkeratome versus two different femtosecond lasers

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Session Title: LASIK

Session Date/Time: Wednesday 09/10/2013 | 08:00-10:30

Paper Time: 09:00

Venue: Auditorium (First Floor)

First Author: : M.Chalikia GREECE

Co Author(s): :    A. Kanellopoulos   G. Asimellis           

Abstract Details


To evaluate topographic thickness variability with possible epithelial remodeling interference on LASIK flaps created with 3 different techniques.

Setting: Eye Institute, Athens, Greece


55 patients that had bilateral (110 eyes) myopic LASIK several years ago (2-7 years; average 4.5 ± 2.7 years), formed three groups, based on the method of flap creation: group A (flap created by the Moria M-2 microkeratome), group B (the AMO Intralase™ FS60 femtosecond laser), and group C (the Alcon – WaveLight® FS200 femtosecond laser). All cases were completed with the Alcon/ WaveLight Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q 400Hz excimer laser. Topographic thickness maps of each LASIK flap were obtained by means of scanning high frequency ultrasound biomicroscopy imaging.


The average central flap thickness for each group was: Group A: 138.33 ± 12.38 ?m, group B: 128.46 ± 5.72 ?m and group C: 122.00 ± 5.64 ?m. When multiple paracentral and peripheral flap thickness points were evaluated, variability for the flap thickness was 9.73 ± 4.93 for group A, 8.48 ± 4.23 ?m for group B, and 4.84 ± 1.88 ?m for group C. The overall thickness homogeneity of group C (FS200) was statistically significant when compared to group A: M2 (p = 0.004), and group B: FS60 (p = 0.078).


This study suggests that there may be a significant difference in flap thickness homogeneity between the two femtosecond lasers and the microkeratome studied. The FS200 appears significantly superior to both the FS60 and M2 in flap thickness homogeneity.

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