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Postby julsjuls » Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:26 am

What would it mean when the doctor went in to fix the wrinkle on my flap he said the epithelium was flapping all around and was very lose. What does that mean exactly? THank you
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:22 am

The epithelium is the outermost layer of cells of the cornea. The epithelium itself has multiple layers of cells including a lower membrane that holds on to the underlying layers of the cornea. This membrane may be distressed and the ability of the epithelium to hold tight to the cornea can be compromised.

It may be that temporary dry eyes induced by the initial Lasik surgery have reduced the health of your epithelium. Dry eyes can be managed, and often resolve with normal healing.

Loose epithelium can be a minor problem. Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy (EBMD) can be quite problematic. You need to ask your doctor for his/her diagnosis of the health of your epithelium and what techniques/treatment may be appropriate.
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