Feature Article

Laser vision correction: where are we in 2005?

Michael Lawless, Chris Hodge



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.