J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  2002 Sep;43(9):1693-1698.

Clinical outcome of LASIK using Disposable Barron Microkeratome

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea. ckjoo@catholic.ac.kr


PURPOSE: This study was performed in order to investigate the results and complications of LASIK using disposable Barron microkeratome.
We reviewed the clinical records of 29 eyes of 15 patients who had received the LASIK procedure using disposable Barron microkeratome and VISX, STAR eximer laser. Patients had at least 6 months of follow up period.
Uncorrected visual acuity of less than 20/40 is 3 percent, between 20/40 and 20/25, 28 percent, above 20/25, 69 percent at 6 months after operation. There were seven decentered corneal flap of twentynine cases (24.1%). The decentered corneal flap cases had no different visual acuity results with the centered corneal flap cases. Other flap associated complications didn't occur. Decentered corneal flap is located at nasal side according to the path of microkeratome advancement. Decentered flap cases have the preoperative characteristics of the thicker and flatter cornea and have the postoperative smaller corneal flap than centered flap cases.
LASIK results using disposable Barron Microkeratome was satisfactory. The decentered corneal flap have the possibility of severe flap complications have occurred about 24 percent, therefore methods to manage that problem is need.


Decentered corneal flap; LASIK; Disposable microkeratome

MeSH Terms

Follow-Up Studies
Keratomileusis, Laser In Situ*
Visual Acuity
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