Friday, January 23, 2009

LASIK: Question of the Day: Why is LASIK the most popular type of Laser Eye Surgery?

The first type of laser eye surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism was called Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) and the Excimer Laser was approved to perform it in the US in 1995, PRK is still performed for selected patients who have thin corneas, dry eyes or certain corneal dystrophies. The LASIK procedure was developed due to two limitations of PRK. First-LASIK offers a fairly quick visual recovery, usually allowing patients to drive without glasses or contacts within 24-48 hours after their LASIK Surgery. Second-LASIK Surgery is performed between the layers of the Cornea rather than on the surface and as such causes minimal discomfort for patients. These two advantages have made LASIK the most popular laser eye surgery,

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