Is it possible to remove a corneal scar with Laser Treatment instead of surgery?
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Laser Treatment Scar Removal
Remove scar with laser?
Although the laser was approved by the FDA to remove scars, it is not an efficient treatment.
Scars are deep. If the scar could be removed with the laser, the cornea would become extremely distorted in shape so as to make vision very blurry. So the laser is not usually used for scars.
Certain scars that may follow PRK can be removed using an instrument called a burr, which has a rounded tip that can be applied to the scar, scraping off the scar. It is only useful for a superficial scar and again is likely to blur vision.
Lamellar or full thickness corneal transplant is the most useful surgery for corneal scar.
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