What are the differences between laser diopter removal methods? You will learn which patients and eye defects the given method is suitable for and why.
Eye surgeons most often use a femtosecond laser to remove diopters. It assists in refractive procedures known as LASIK. It combines two types of lasers. The first laser gently creates a thin flap on the surface of the eye. It then flips open, and the second laser removes the required number of diopters. The corneal flap then folds back. The procedure is versatile and suitable for patients with lower diopters and the removal of shortsightedness, i.e., myopia. It can also deal with combined eye defects and astigmatism.
The second popular method is ReLEx SMILE. This is the so-called lamellar method of removing diopters. There is no flap on the surface of the eye. The diopters are lasered inside the cornea. The surgeon then removes the excess cornea through a small hole. This procedure is suitable for patients with borderline tear film quality or corneal parameters. It is recommended for myopia and in patients with higher diopters. At present, it is also beginning to be used in hypermetropia or farsightedness operations.