When it comes to surgery, many people automatically want to run for the hills. That’s because surgery often requires lengthy recovery times, and then there’s the whole needles/knife thing.
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While invasive procedures are performed by (hopefully) qualified surgeons and are generally regarded and safe and effective, there’s another route you can take in many cases—laser and radiofrequency (RF) treatments. Here are seven medical uses for lasers and other modern technology that you probably won’t see in Sci-Fi action films…
1. Vision Correction
At one time in the not-so-distant past, small cuts were made in the eyes to help correct near-sightedness. However, as AllAboutVision.com points out, this procedure (called radial keratotomy) often had side effects such as night vision problems.
By 1995, lasers had been approved by the FDA for vision correction, but procedures have evolved over the years. While Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) was the earlier version of laser eye surgery (that is still used today), LASIK procedures have become more popular due to less discomfort after the treatment, notes the source. Lasers can also help repair a detached retina, essential for sight.