Epithelial cell curette: Simple solution to epithelial cell removal from small-incision lenticule extraction pocket or LASIK flap
JCRS Online Case Reports
Epithelial ingrowth is one of the complications associated with refractive laser surgery. Although treatment is relatively simple following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), the inaccessibility of the pocket makes treatment following small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) somewhat difficult. An innovative scraping tool that features a biconcave curette tip allows for the manual removal of epithelial cells from the SMILE pocket without flushing or conversion to a flap. The tool can also be used to remove cells from beneath the LASIK flap without performing a complete relift.
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