Technology has, for the most part, made life easier for the masses. We no longer have to travel by horse (unless we want to). We can cure and prevent many diseases and illnesses. And people no longer have to wear glasses or contact lenses if they do not want to thanks to the invention of LASIK. The technology of being able to correct one’s vision by using a laser is truly a miraculous discovery.
LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) evolved from PRK (photo-refractive keratectomy), which evolved from RK (radio keratotomy). The RK procedure was initially invented in the 1950’s as a way to correct ones’ vision. The procedure involved making tiny cuts in the cornea to flatten it. By doing this, the surgeon was able to change the corneas’ shape; thereby altering the way images entered the eye and were projected onto the retina.
Thankfully this archaic form of vision correction is no longer in use. That is where technology enters. Because of technology we are able to use a laser to change the way light enters the eye. This transition has allowed millions of Americans each year to enjoy the life altering benefits of vision correction surgery without the complications that often occurred with its predecessor.
The invention of LASIK is truly a miraculous discovery. That is why President Barack Obama recently awarded the founder of LASIK in the U.S., Dr. Gholam Peyman, with the national medal of technology and innovation. Dr. Peyman got the first U.S. patent for LASIK in 1989.
If you have been considering having LASIK, now is the perfect time. Technology has advanced to a place where surgeons are able to customize how the laser corrects each individual imperfection on the cornea. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the miraculous discovery Dr. Peyman made almost a quarter century ago.