Carbon dioxide laser safety issues in blepharoplasty and eyelid surgery


  • Shiu Ting Mak Department of Ophthalmology, Caritas Medical Centre, Shamshuipo, Hong Kong SAR, China.


Carbon dioxide laser blepharoplasty was first described in 1984. Given its advantages, in particular better hemostasis compared with traditional scalpel surgery, carbon dioxide laser has been increasingly used in various eyelid operations. Despite its benefits, carbon dioxide laser has potential hazards, not only to the patient, but also to the operating surgeon and the operating theater personnel. It is therefore important for ophthalmologists to have a better understanding of the basic laser safety principles. This article reviews the potential hazards associated with carbon dioxide laser use in blepharoplasty and provides suggestions on safety measures. Together with proper training and practical experience, carbon dioxide laser can be used safely and effectively in blepharoplasty and eyelid surgery.




How to Cite

Mak ST. Carbon dioxide laser safety issues in blepharoplasty and eyelid surgery. Hong Kong J Ophthalmol [Internet]. 2012Dec.1 [cited 2024May21];16(1):6-10. Available from:



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