The History of LASIK

Laser vision correction goes back centuries, as humans have always looked for ways to correct vision. The first eyeglasses appeared in Italy in the 13th century. The first contacts lenses (made from hand-blown glass!) were made in 1888 in Switzerland. However, many years later, a new innovation was discovered: the excimer laser. The excimer laser. For years, the technology was developed and in 1988, the first laser vision correction was performed. The procedure was known as photorefractive keratectomy, PRK. In 1991, the procedure was approved in Canada and was approved in the United States in 1995.

In 1990, two European eye doctors enhanced PRK, developing what later became known as LASIK. Rather than working on the surface of the cornea, LASIK involves the creation of a flap on the cornea, lasers the tissues in the eye to improve vision, and replace the flap, almost like a natural bandage. LASIK became approved by the FDA in the United States in 1998.

2002 was a revolutionary year for laser vision correction. Wavefront technologies were now being programmed into excimer lasers which maps out a patient’s prescription, almost like a fingerprint of the eye. Also, in prior years, the corneal flap was created through an incision with a blade. In 2002, 100% bladeless laser eye surgery was introduced. This allows the flap to be created at the precise depth and diameter desired by the surgeon.

Today, Millennium Laser Eye Centers uses the most effective, safe, and up-to-date technologies in performing both PRK and LASIK to ensure the best results for our patients. Dr. Cory Lessner stresses how important our patient’s satisfaction with their results are, which is why Millennium provides excellent pre-operative and post-operative care. Dr. Lessner and the Millennium Laser Eye Centers staff strives to continue providing unmatched service and medical care to our patients, so call us to schedule your consultation today! You won’t believe your eyes!


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