Intrastromal keratomileusis

Ophthalmic Procedures
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Intrastromal keratomileusis is an ophthalmic surgical operation used to treat some severe cases of short-sightedness (myopia).

More detail:

The word-component "kerato-" refers to the cornea (see also other similar terms in this section - listed on the left). The cornea of the eye consists of both its stroma (which is its connective tissue basis, i.e. the transparent fibrous tissue that forms the main body of the cornea) and its functional tissue (which is called the parenchyma).

The intrastromal keratomileusis procedure involves removal from the eye of a disc of tissue from the stroma of the cornea, which is then frozen, remodelled (i.e. shaped) using a piece of mechanical equipment called a lathe, then finally replaced back into the cornea. The purpose of these steps is to re-shape the cornea to reduce the extent of short-sightedness experienced by the patient.

There is now a laser treatment alternative to this surgical procedure.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

Other related pages include

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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