Femtosecond Laser vs Microkeratome for LASIK

August 1, 2011

We have previously reported on the increasing use of femtosecond lasers to perform LASIK surgery.

Last month’s issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology reported on research intended to compare the outcomes of LASIK surgery performed with a femtosecond laser vs a mechanical microkeratome for the correction of low to moderate hyperopia.

Spanish researchers studied patients who had undergone LASIK to correct their hyperopia using the 60-kHz IntraLase femtosecond laser with age- and refraction-matched patients on whom the Moria M2 microkeratome was used.

The outcome? Hyperopic LASIK performed with the IntraLase femtosecond laser seemed to achieve better refractive results 3 months after the surgery compared to the M2 microkeratome, without significant differences in safety between both procedures.

Click here to access the abstract (registration required for full article).




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