Technological Advancements Boost Success of LASIK

Dr. William Martin is the former chief of ophthalmology for the University of Toledo Medical Center. Dr. William Martin treats an average of 35,000 patients annually in the greater Toledo, Ohio, area. LASIK is just one procedure provided at his eye care center, OptiVue.

Over the past decade, advancements in the field of LASIK surgery have led to better outcomes and greater long-term safety. In fact, many LASIK patients report being given ‘high-definition’ vision, as opposed to the ‘standard-definition’ vision of recent years. Today, most LASIK surgery is between 90 percent and 98 percent effective in achieving 20/20 vision.

Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are the result of a misshapen cornea. LASIK uses lasers to reshape the cornea, thus correcting vision. When the surgery was first introduced in the mid 1990s, surgeons used a blade. Advancements in technology have not only introduced lasers as a replacement for a surgical blade, but also the introduction of more precise lasers able to achieve a higher rate of success. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the 90 percent to 98 percent rate of success is a large increase from the estimated 65 percent effectiveness when the surgery was first introduced.