The cornea has five cell layers. The middle layer and the largest layer is called the stroma which is where this surgery takes place. It is the stroma that maintains the curvature or structure of the cornea. It is a portion of that stroma that is removed during the course of this surgery.
Both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and also the Eye Surgery Education Counsel have established certain basic criteria for screening patients prior to lasik surgery. Of all of the screening criteria the most important is corneal topography, i.e. the curvature of the cornea prior to any surgery. If a patient suffers from a progressive thinning of this central corneal layer, then typically the patient is not a candidate for lasik surgery. It is incumbent on surgeons to detect this condition because any further removal of corneal tissue may weaken the overall structure of the cornea thereby producing a condition known as keratoconus.\
In evaluating claims of this nature it is critical to obtain color copies of the corneal studies that were done by the surgeon prior to surgery as these color copies will show the topography maps of the corneal structure.
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