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LASIK vs. LASEK: Both Safe, Effective
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Eye-to-Eye Comparison Shows Little Difference in Eye Surgery Techniques
Dec. 29, 2006 -- Vision correction surgery patients will get just as good results from LASIK as from LASEK, a new study shows.
Some doctors say LASEK is better. Others swear by LASIK.
Which is better? To find out, University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Dimitri Azar, MD, and colleagues compared 122 eyes treated with LASIK to 122 eyes treated with LASEK.
"Both procedures seem safe, effective, and predictable," Azar says in a news release.
Eyes treated with LASEK ended up with slightly better vision. But the difference was too small for patients to notice.
"We found that although there were some differences ... that favor the LASEK procedure, the differences were not clinically significant," Azar says.
The findings appear in the December issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
SOURCES: Tobaigy, F.M. American Journal of Ophthalmology, December 2006; vol 142: pp 901-908. News release, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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