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Surface Ablation Procedure - diagram of eyeball with full circle incision around the cornea

  • More suitable for patients with thin corneas or cornea scars
  • Requires removal and regrowth of epithelial cells
  • Postoperative healing period can often be uncomfortable
  • May require more time off from work and activities


Flap procedure - diagram of eyeball with 3/4 circular incision around the cornea

  • Quick visual discovery
  • Wide range of treatment options
  • Requires creation of a flap on the cornea
  • May require use of multiple lasers


Flapless procedure - diagram of eyeball with small incision on the cornea

  • Quick visual recovery
  • No flap required
  • Requires one laser only
  • Quick return to normal activities