The History Of Lasik Surgery

By Guest writer
Wednesday - September 09, 2009

Brought to you by Pan Pacific Laser Vision Center.

Serving Hawaii since 1997.

LASIK eye surgery, or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, developed over the course of one hundred years. Knowledge of the eye in conjunction with sophisticated surgical techniques culminated in many Europeans acknowledging the possibility of vision correction such as radial keratotomy. Japanese doctors in the 1930’s also saw this potential. However, it was not until the 1970’s in Russia that it was actually put to the test.

Dr. Fyodorov was treating a young boy who had cut his eye when he fell and broke his glasses. Rather than significantly hurting the boy, the damage was minimal and had simply shaved a layer off of the outer surface of the eye. The boy, previously very myopic (nearsighted), had improved vision in that eye. Dr. Fyodorov was intrigued and studied the matter and later published his discoveries. American doctors, with adequate funding, could now begin serious research and develop computer models of the procedure. It was Dr. Leo Bores who brought the procedure to the U.S. after witnessing it performed in the former U.S.S.R

It was also the Americans who were able to feasibly include a laser in the process. Previous to the laser, radial keratotomy was performed with traditional surgical tools. Though imprecise and not always a success, over 2 million people had the surgery performed before the advent of the laser assisted surgery. It was in 1978 that American doctors realized the potential of the surgery coupled with an Excimer laser. Dr. Srinivasin first used the Excimer laser on other parts of the body, and later Dr. Steven Trokel, an ophthalmologist, used the laser on the cornea.

Today, over 30 years later, many technological advancements now offer 98% of candidates a chance to have safe and accurate Laser Vision Correction. Each year more than one million patients undergo the LASIK procedure in the United States alone. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that LASIK eye surgery complications occur in 1 to 2% of cases. The (FDA) has also approved LASIK for NASA astronauts and Military fighter pilots. So, what are you waiting for? During the course of 12 years Dr. Stephen Gee, MD and a Board Certified ophthalmologist has performed over 16,000 procedures with an outstanding record.

To learn more we invite you to visit our state of the art facility located in Honolulu at 1440 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1212. For more information or to schedule your free consultation please call us at 949-9200 - (24/7), or visit our website



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