20.12.2011

Laser eye surgery "is safe and effective"

Laser eye surgery "is safe and effective"

By Alexa Kaczka

The safety and efficacy of laser eye surgery is continuing to improve, as people, across the planet realise the benefits of the procedure, one expert on the subject has noted.

Professor Harminder Dua, president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, explained that laser refractive eye surgery allows people to see "without any visual aid at all" and is more or less permanent.

He noted that the cosmetic advantage is also large, as people can avoid the hassle of having to use vision correction, such as glasses.

The recovery time is also rather short, he noted, explaining that this depends on which type of surgery people have.

Usually, patients can see normally within a couple of days if they have Lasik surgery, which involves the flap being cut and the cornea remodelled.

"Patients who have other types of refractive surgery involving surface ablation techniques - can take up to ten days to recover. Surface ablation techniques include Lasek and PRK," he added.

by Alexa Kaczka


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