science :: the lasik wave of the future

The world of medicine certainly has come a long way since I was a kid! Back in the 1950's I don't think that LASIK technology was even a thought in anyone's mind. Now that I'm over the hill and am past the forty mark and my own vision is deteriorating, I have been following all the medical advances in this field with great interest. Over the past two decades we are seeing such huge strides in vision correction that it is amazing! Even since the advent of the first Lasik procedures, we are seeing new technology taking over that makes the procedure even more of an exact science. When LASIK or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis first came out in the early 1990's, the patient was dependent on the opthomologists steady hand to precisely cut and prepare the cornea for the laser correction. He did this with a tool called a handheld microkeratome blade. Now the laser has totally taken over in a two fold iLASIK procedure: In the first stage of iLASIK, wave-front technology maps the unique characteristics of the individual’s eyes. Then, an ultrafast, computer-guided laser creates a corneal flap. This laser replaces that handheld microkeratome blade used in the older forms of LASIK and makes the procedure exceptionally safe. After the flap is created, the wave-front mapping data guides a second laser for the vision correction. It's that easy and that fast.

Today even the military and NASA are using this procedure to improve the vision of specialized personnel facing extreme, physically demanding conditions. The procedure has become so successful that when the military did an evaluation of modern Lasik, the results showed that in 100 military personnel ,95% of them achieved an astounding 20/20 uncorrected vision or better. If you have poor eyesight, I would recommend that you do your homework and read up on iLasik, because there's no time like the present to improve your vision. Not only is it quick and virtually painless, but modern Lasik is now even safer than ever before. After reading all the LASIK information ,I'm certainly convinced!


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Uncivil said...

I've been thinking about this. My 73 year old dad had it done and he loves it.
How about you? Have you done it yet?