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Laser Eye Surgery

What options are available today

Laser Vision Correction Procedures

How do they work?

The cornea and the natural lens focus incoming light onto the back of the eye. Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, occur when the light is not properly focused on the retina. An eye surgeon can use a laser to reshape the cornea so that light is properly focused and thus correct the refractive error.

Three Types of Laser Eye Surgery

What are the differences?

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.



Minimally invasive laser eye surgery procedure

SMILE is the latest development in refractive laser technology and is used to correct nearsightedness, astigmatism or a combination of the two.




Most common laser eye surgery procedure

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.



Original laser eye surgery procedure

The PRK/LASEK procedure reshapes the cornea with a laser. This is an option for patients who are not eligible for LASIK.


Treatment Comparison

How laser eye surgeries differ

The following chart provides a comparative overview of characteristics and differences of the three options of Laser Vision Correction.

Discover the differences here


Potential side effects

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.

Learn more about potential risks

Costs of Laser Eye Surgery

What role should the price play

Understanding costs is essential when it comes to laser eye surgery. Find out more about prices and why they vary on our cost page.

About the costs