University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Laser Refractive Surgery:

From One Medical Student to Another


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last updated: 11/29/2011

Written by Reid Turner

Illustrated by Steve McGaughey

Faculty supervision and review by Anna Kitzmann, MD

Turner R, McGaughey S, Kitzmann A. Laser Vision Correction: From one Medical student to another. November 29, 2011; Available from: tutorialsLaser-Vision-Correction-tutorial/

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