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Laser vision correction: where are we in 2005?

Michael Lawless, Chris Hodge

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Abstract

Which patients are suitable for the correction of refractive errors by laser or other surgery, what procedures are available and what should patients expect on the day of a laser surgery operation and afterwards, including the possible complications?

Key Points

  • Patients seek refractive surgery in order to function better, rather than for cosmetic reasons.
  • Laser vision correction works well as an alternative to glasses or contact lenses.
  • The most common laser vision correction procedure is LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis).
  • Not everyone is suitable for laser vision correction; the decision to proceed is an individual choice with advice from the ophthalmologist.
  • Lens surgery is a better choice than laser refractive surgery in some patients.

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