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VOLUME 44 , ISSUE 5ENG ( Oct-2016, 2016 ) > List of Articles

The Evolution of Corneal and Refractive Surgery with the Femtosecond Laser

Antonis Aristeidou, Elise V. Taniguchi, Michael Tsatsos, Rodrigo Muller, Colm McAlinden, Roberto Pineda, Eleftherios I. Paschalis

Citation Information : Aristeidou A, Taniguchi EV, Tsatsos M, Muller R, McAlinden C, Pineda R, Paschalis EI. The Evolution of Corneal and Refractive Surgery with the Femtosecond Laser. 2016; 44 (5ENG):2-19.

DOI: 10.5005/highlights-44-5-2

Published Online: 29-01-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


The use of femtosecond lasers has created an evolution in modern corneal and refractive surgery. With accuracy, safety, and repeatability, eye surgeons can utilize the femtosecond laser in almost all anterior refractive procedures; laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE), penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), insertion of intracorneal ring segments, anterior and posterior lamellar keratoplasty (Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK)), insertion of corneal inlays and cataract surgery. As the technology matures, it will push surgical limits and open new avenues for ophthalmic intervention in areas not yet explored. As we witness the transition from femto- LASIK to femto-cataract surgery it becomes obvious that this innovation is here to stay. This article presents some of the most relevant advances of femtosecond lasers to modern corneal and refractive surgery uptoday.

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