automated lamellar keratectomy

automated lamellar keratectomy
(ALK)
excision of the outer layers of the cornea using an automated keratome. It is usually used as part of a surgical procedure, to alter the shape of the cornea to correct errors of refraction.

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  • automated lamellar keratectomy — ALK excision of the outer layers of the cornea using an automated keratome. It is usually used as part of a surgical procedure, to alter the shape of the cornea to correct errors of refraction …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Keratectomy — Removal of part of the cornea. This can be done by surgical excision or by laser. One such laser procedure is PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). * * * An operation done to change the refraction of the cornea; a crescentic piece of corneal stroma… …   Medical dictionary

  • keratectomy — n. an operation in which a part of the cornea is removed, usually a superficial layer. This procedure is now frequently done by an excimer laser, either to correct refractive errors (myopia, hypermetropia), by reshaping the surface of the cornea… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • ALK — automated lamellar keratoplasty alkaline; alkylating * * * alk abbr alkaline * * * see automated lamellar keratectomy …   Medical dictionary

  • keratome — A knife used for incising the cornea. SYN: keratotome. * * * ker·a·tome ker ə .tōm n a surgical instrument used for making an incision in the cornea in cataract operations * * * n. any instrument designed for cutting the cornea. The simplest type …   Medical dictionary

  • keratome — n. any instrument designed for cutting the cornea. The simplest type has a flat triangular blade attached at its base to a handle, the other two sides being very sharp and tapering to a point. Power driven keratomes have oscillating or rotating… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • alk — alkaline; alkylating * * * alk abbr alkaline * * * see automated lamellar keratectomy …   Medical dictionary

  • ALK — see automated lamellar keratectomy …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Eye surgery — Intervention Eye surgery in the Middle Ages. ICD 10 PCS 08 ICD 9 CM …   Wikipedia

  • Refractive surgery — Refractive eye surgery is any eye surgery used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This can include various methods of surgical remodeling of the cornea or cataract surgery …   Wikipedia

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