Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty Eye Surgery (ALK)
What is keratoplasty eye surgery?
Automated lamellar keratoplasty eye surgery, or ALK, is a surgical procedure used to correct vision in people with severe nearsightedness and mild degrees of farsightedness.
Keratoplasty eye surgery, performed under local anesthesia, usually takes less than an hour to complete. A cutting device is used to make a small incomplete flap across the cornea. While still attached at one side, the corneal flap is folded back to reveal the layer of tissue below. Another, very precise cut is made on the sub layer of tissue based on the person's glasses' prescription. After this cut, the corneal flap is placed back over the eye where it reattaches.
Compared to other vision repair surgeries:
What Are the Disadvantages of Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
While keratoplasty eye surgery is a safe and effective surgery, it does have its disadvantages. They include:
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Keratoplasty Eye Surgery?
Aside from the above-mentioned disadvantages, side effects, though rare, do occur. These may include: