using a laser
to cut tissue
instead of a scalpel
. Examples include the use of a laser scalpel
in otherwise conventional surgery, and soft tissue laser surgery
, in which the laser beam vaporizes soft tissue
with high water content. Laser resurfacing
is a technique in which molecular bonds
of a material are dissolved by a laser.
Laser surgery is commonly used on the eye. Techniques used include LASIK, which is used to correct near- and far-sightedness in vision, and photorefractive keratectomy, a procedure which permanently reshapes the cornea using an excimer laser to remove a small amount of tissue.