A procedure where a microkeratome (uses an oscillating blunt plastic blade) is used to separate the epithelium from the stroma without the traditional use of the potentially damaging alcohol and sharp, metal blade. This method may preserve the epithelium, reduce recovery time, restore visual acuity, reduce postoperative pain, and create an epithelial flap that may successfully adhere postoperatively. The procedure is recommended for people prone to eye injury in their professions, low myopes, and patients with thin corneas.