Laser technology and medical procedures to correct refractive errors have been scientifically validated and clinically tested for several decades.
Over the years and in the course of medical and technical advancements three types of laser eye surgery, PRK/LASEK, LASIK and SMILE, have become available. They provide a good alternative to glasses and contact lenses. From these three, ophthalmologists can choose the most suitable procedure for each of their patients.
SMILE is the latest development in refractive laser technology and is used to correct nearsightedness, astigmatism or a combination of the two.
More than 35 million patients with refractive errors worldwide have been treated with LASIK, which involves opening the top layer of the eye and re-shaping the tissue.
The following chart provides a comparative overview of characteristics and differences of the three options of Laser Vision Correction.
Laser eye surgeries are clinically proven and established procedures. Like all surgeries however, laser eye surgery is not completely free of risks and side effects.
Understanding costs is essential when it comes to laser eye surgery. Find out more about prices and why they vary on our cost page.