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Advances in technologies for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery.

Tipo: Artículo
Autores: Maldonado MJ, Nieto JC, Piñero DP.
Títuto Revista: Expert review of medical devices.
Referencia:
Colaboradores: Grupo de Investigación de la Universidad de Navarra (RD07/0062/0021); IOA - Instituto Oftalmológico de Alicante (RD07/0062/0018).
Centro: 14 - IOA - UMH
Expert Rev Med Devices. 2008 Mar;5(2):209-29.

Advances in technologies for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery.

Source

Department of Ophthalmology, Clínica Universitaria, University of Navarra, Avda Pio XII, 36, 31080, Pamplona, Spain. mjmaldonad@unav.es

Abstract

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) has become the most widely used form of refractive surgery today. The objective of this surgical technique is to modify the anterior corneal shape by ablating tissue from the stroma by means of the excimer laser after creating a hinged corneal flap. This way, we are able to change the refractive status of the patient, providing better unaided vision. Continuous improvements in the original technique have made the surgical procedure safer, more accurate and repeatable. These progressions are due to the development of novel technologies that are the responsible for new surgical instrumentation, which makes the surgical procedure easier for the surgeon, and better excimer laser ablation algorithms, which increase the optical quality of the ablation and thus the safety of the vision correction procedure. This article aims to describe the more relevant advances in LASIK that have played an important role in the spread and popularity of this technique.

PMID: 18331182 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]