The long term side effects of LASIK Surgery

LASIK has been performed since 1991 in Europe, and is based on the Lamellar Keratomilieusis technique that has been used for over forty years. Several clinical studies have been performed and each has failed to demonstrate any long-term deleterious effects on the cornea.

The history of the excimer laser

The excimer laser was developed at IBM in 1976, and used to etch computer microchips. Its extreme precision with negligible damage to adjacent tissue made it a very attractive tool for other applications and in 1983 Stephen L. Trokel, M.D. in cooperation with R. Srinivasa, a physicist, applied it to corneal tissue in a New York Laboratory. The first sighted eye was treated with the excimer laser at LSU in January of 1987. Between 1987 and 1995 numerous laser manufacturers including VISX and Summit Technolog...

What is LASIK ?

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The goal of this Web site is to provide objective information to the public about LASIK surgery. See other sections of this site to learn about what you should know before surgery, what will happen during the surgery, and what you should expect after surgery. There is a glossary of terms and a checklist of issues for you to consider, practices to follow, and questions to ask your doctor before undergoing LAS...