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The advantages in using a Mechanical Microkeratome

Published on 17th February 2011

The EuroTimes is a leading ophthalmology publication. The was a recent article on the advantages in using a mechanical microkeratome compared to the femtosecond laser

Both the mechanical mecrokeratome and femtosecond laser create the flap in LASIK eye surgery. The study reviewed 60 LASIK patients, comparing the thickness of the flap and stromal bed quality.

All three surgeons involved in the study concluded that the quality of the flaps and stromal beds were better in the mechanical microkeratome group compared to those in the femtosecond laser group.

At Visualase we ensure we use the for more effective equipment our patients and use a mechanical microkeratome for the LASIK eye surgery.


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