The first concept of laser corrective surgery began in 1950 when Jose Barraquer developed a technique where he would cut thin flaps in the cornea that would alter the optimal measurements in the eye. He also invented a high speed oscillating blade that would make precision cuts in the eye that were called microkeratome. This early technology evolved and laser technology was introduced which are the beginnings of laser corrective surgery.
In 1970 the exciplex laser was developed by a team of researchers. They laser technology they used was a combination of inert gases and ultraviolet light which made the tissue that it focused on disintegrate rather than just being cut. The sensitivity and precision of this laser technology made it ideal for eye surgery. The Excimer laser wasn’t introduced to the US until 1987 and its development continued so that now its one of the best lasers in use today.
The technology continued to evolve worldwide. A Russian doctor discovered by accident that a young patient whose eye had been injured where a layer was cut off his cornea resulted in an improvement in his nearsightedness. This accidental discovery led to the development of radial keratotomy to help correct nearsighted people.
LASIK or laser assisted in situ keratomileusis began to be used in the United States with the grant of a patent in 1989. The VISX Corporation was the leading researcher during this time and they propagated the idea that the Excimer laser could be used to perform corrective vision surgery. The founders of VISX developed a procedure called photorefractive keratotomy and used the VISX laser to perform the first procedure that year.
Nowadays, LASIK is a common procedure used by numerous ophthalmologists to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. While the beginnings of laser corrective surgery started many years ago it has evolved to a practical solution to correct many vision problems today.
Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey have been performing LASIK eye surgeries for over 20 years, ever since they were part of the initial FDA study in 1991. They are still some of the most experienced in the area, having the safest, most advanced methods available. Everything from bladeless LASIK to Allegretto Wave, we’ll have exactly what you’re in need of.