Saturday, October 18, 2008

iLasik: The modern lasik technology

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

LASIK information: The LASIK technique was made possible by the Colombia-based Spanish ophthalmologist Jose Barraquer, who, around 1950 in his clinic in Bogot√°, Colombia, developed the first microkeratome, used to cut thin flaps in the cornea and alter its shape, in a procedure called keratomileusis. Stephan Schaller assisted. Barraquer also provided the knowledge about how much of the cornea had to be left unaltered to provide stable long-term results.

In modern times, LASIK technology uses what is known as the iLASIK™ Procedure, whereby the procedure uses two lasers instead of one, unlike in earlier versions of the 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 the handheld microkeratome blade used in 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 vision correction. The combination of these advanced laser technologies creates a custom-fit procedure clinically proven to provide excellent safety and visual results.

The procedure is generally preferred because it requires less time for the patient's recovery, and the patient feels less pain, overall. So if you are at least 21 years of age, in good health, had a stable vision prescription for a year and have no eye disease, iLasik would be a good choice today!

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