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People considering laser eye surgery should be warned of risks, says NICE

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:746
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Laser surgery for short and long sightedness and astigmatism is generally safe and effective, but surgeons should make people aware of the potential risks compared with those of wearing glasses or contact lenses, guidance published last week says.

    The guidance, for the NHS in England, Wales, and Scotland, found that the three most common types of laser eye surgery used to treat refractive errors—laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photorefractive keratotectomy (PRK), and laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK)—shared similarly high effectiveness in improving visual acuity.

    A systematic review of published evidence, commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to …

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