vs Hansatome microkeratome


J Refract Surg. 2007 Mar;23(3):305-7.

Ramirez M, Hernandez-Quintela E, Naranjo-Tackman R. Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services, Asociacion Para Evitar la Ceguera en Mexico, Hospital Luis Sanchez Bulnes, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



PURPOSE: To evaluate and compare confocal microscopy findings between a femtosecond laser and a mechanical microkeratome.


METHODS: Eighteen eyes of nine patients underwent LASIK. Corneal flaps were created with the femtosecond laser in the right eyes and a mechanical microkeratome in the left eyes. The corneal flap interface was analyzed in all eyes with a confocal microscope at 1 week and 1 month postoperatively.


RESULTS: All eyes showed small reflective particles at the corneal flap interface. The mean number of reflective particles was not statistically significantly different at 1 week (P = .078) and 1 month (P = .2 using a femtosecond laser and a mechanical microkeratome.


CONCLUSIONS: Confocal microscopy findings at the corneal flap interface showed a similar number of particles using both systems.