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LASIK or Laser Eye Surgery: Is There A Difference?

LASIK vs laser eye surgery.jpgLASIK, formally known as Laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an advanced excimer laser to reshape the cornea. 

LASIK, however, is not the only type of “Laser Eye Surgery”.

PRK is a different type of laser eye surgery.  It utilizes a surface ablation technique to remove the cornea’s outermost layer, rather than creating a flap.  

Laser eye surgeries have surged in popularity over the past decades.  Millions of people have undergone laser eye surgery and each year over half a million people in the United States undergo some form of laser eye surgery.

Though laser eye surgeries can eliminate the need for contacts or eyeglasses, not everyone is a candidate for laser eye surgery, whether is it is PRK or LASIK.  To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK or laser eye surgery, please consult the office of Dr. Peter A. Rapoza at 617-314-2789.

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