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What are the differences between lasik and laser eye surgery?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Goals differ

LASIK (and also PRK) use a specific type of laser to sculpt a new lens power for the eye.
These eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contacts. laser eye surgery is a general term which includes LASIK but indicates any use of laser to treat various eye problems like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and some other conditions. They are both aspects of the use of lasers for eye treatment.

In brief: Goals differ

LASIK (and also PRK) use a specific type of laser to sculpt a new lens power for the eye.
These eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contacts. laser eye surgery is a general term which includes LASIK but indicates any use of laser to treat various eye problems like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and some other conditions. They are both aspects of the use of lasers for eye treatment.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Laser application

Ophthalmology uses many types of lasers to perform specific treatments.
The lasers utilized differ in the wavelength of light, the power, and the duration of exposure. LASIK treatments utilize an excimer laser for the cornea. Many other eye diseases are treated by lasers. Eg., argon, dye, krypton, diode, carbon dioxide, YAG, just to name a few. Laser selection is based on the tissue treated.

In brief: Laser application

Ophthalmology uses many types of lasers to perform specific treatments.
The lasers utilized differ in the wavelength of light, the power, and the duration of exposure. LASIK treatments utilize an excimer laser for the cornea. Many other eye diseases are treated by lasers. Eg., argon, dye, krypton, diode, carbon dioxide, YAG, just to name a few. Laser selection is based on the tissue treated.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Dr. Jon Fishburn
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