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July 1, 2005

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis Posterior Ablation Platform

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Ophthalmology, University Clinic, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(7):988-990. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.7.988

A laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis posterior ablation platform was developed to improve the ease and quality of the undersurface ablation of the flap technique. This ergonomic instrument combines a fixation ring with a platform that provides a physiologically spherical and smooth, low-reflective surface to extend the turned flap during the undersurface ablation of the flap retreatment. It was used successfully in 17 enhancement procedures when there was insufficient posterior stroma for additional treatment but adequate flap stroma. The result was improved globe stabilization and stromal smoothness during ablation. An efficacy index of 1 was achieved day 1 postoperatively in a greater percentage of eyes (88.2%) than without its use (29.4%; P = .001). The L-PAP appears to facilitate UAF procedures and prompt visual recovery.

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