Laser eye surgery continues to grow in popularity. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million procedures will be performed in the United States in 2000. The main force behind this growing popularity is patient enthusiasm following a successful outcome. There are, however, complications which can occur in these patients. Furthermore, not every patient with a need for refractive correction is a good candidate for the procedure. Therefore, it is imperative that patients wishing to pursue laser eye surgery investigate their options in depth and make a fully informed decision prior to proceeding. This presentation will highlight the current state of laser eye surgery regarding options available and the risks and benefits involved with these procedures. Outcome variables will also be discussed including amount of correction required, type of correction (myopia/astigmatism/hyperopia) required and a variety of other ocular measurements (corneal thickness, corneal regularity, etc.)which may affect results. Success rates will be presented as will rates of various complications and side-effects. Finally, future options will be discussed including improvements in current technology and other future non-laser methods of correcting patient ametropias.
Learning Objectives: To educate healthcare providers regarding current options in refractive eye surgery including risks, benefits, outcome variables and success rates
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Presenter is on staff at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employed by Mass Eye and Ear
The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA