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The History of LASIK Eye Surgery

Last updated 7 years ago

Approximately 8 million people worldwide have undergone LASIK eye surgery treatments, according to recently reported statistics. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, post-LASIK patients report an overall increase in their quality of life. So why is LASIK eye surgery so popular and successful?

Let’s take a look back to determine how LASIK eye surgery became the number one choice in refractive treatment.

  • The Beginnings of Refractive Surgery

The United States FDA first approved laser vision correction procedures in late 1995 after ophthalmologists and researchers had been studying the effects of refractive surgery for over 10 years. Refraction refers to how the eye bends light. For centuries, scientists have speculated on and researched the way in which our eyes process light in order to understand how to correct refractive impairments.

  • The Beginning of Laser Technology

In the early 1970s, ophthalmologists began using laser technology to correct glaucoma and retinal tears, but it wasn’t until later that the excimer laser was invented to pave way for refractive surgeries. The excimer laser is an ultraviolet laser that won’t bend or cut the retina. Instead, it is used to break down the molecular bonds to allow for separation in the retina membrane. Germany was the first to begin using this revolutionary technology, and the U.S. quickly followed suit.

  • The Full Establishment of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery, as we know it today, was approved by the FDA in 1999. LASIK was designed to permanently change the shape of the cornea in order to change the focusing ability of the eye. This is intended to improve a person’s ability to see more clearly. During the LASIK procedure, a doctor uses a laser to create a flap in the corneal epithelium. Once the flap is generated, the ophthalmologist is able to access and manipulate the cornea.

If you would like to know if you qualify for LASIK eye surgery, contact Clear Advantage Vision Correction Center in Portsmouth, NH to set up your initial consultation and evaluation. We want to help you improve your quality of life by repairing your vision. Call or visit our website today!


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