Evolving technology, improved diagnostic criteria and surgeon experience continue to refine the safety profile of laser refractive surgery and enhance refractive outcomes. Despite the availability of information from refractive surgeons and the internet, the GP retains an important role in patient education and ongoing patient care.
Laser refractive surgery is now an established option for patients seeking independence from glasses. With excellent patient satisfaction and millions of procedures previously performed worldwide, refractive surgery is considered to be among the most successful elective procedures;1 yet achieving an optimal outcome after surgery remains a concern. This is discussed below with reference to the GP as an important source of guidance.
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