Epikeratophakia

Ophthalmic Procedures
Labelled Diagram of the Eye

The word-stem "kerato-" refers to the cornea of the eye. It is useful to recognise this word-part as used to refer to procedures concerning the cornea of the eye.


An epikeratophakia is a surgical procedure to correct errors in the refraction of light within the eye. This procedure involves alteration of the curvature of the person's cornea using corneal tissue from a donor that has first been frozen and re-shaped until ideal for attachment to the person's own cornea.

Use of this technique is generally limited due, in part, to the limited supply of human donor lenticule. Use of commercial corneal lenticule may be a possible alternative in some cases. Patients can obtain more information about this procedure from their ophthalmologist (ophthalmic surgeon).

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook) The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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