The Evolution of LASIK-From Concept to Cutting-Edge Procedure

The Evolution of LASIK-From Concept to Cutting-Edge Procedure

By FTM Webteam January 11, 2024

From the dawn of time, improving tools and revolutionizing ideas has been an integral part in the advancement of operations that we now benefit from in our modern world. Healthcare tends to dominate as the industry that consistently stays on top of the latest science. The evolution of LASIK, from concept to cutting-edge technology, delivers high satisfying, long-term results for patients affected by myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. 

Generations of LASIK improvement began with the first laser refractive eye surgery known as PRK, Photorefractive Keratectomy. PRK differs from LASIK in that no flap of tissue is created prior to reshaping the cornea with an excimer laser and instead a thin layer of the cornea is removed. The creation of the corneal flap allows for quicker healing as well as minimizing post-surgery discomfort. Both procedures are considered safe and effective and help countless patients worldwide. Based upon set criteria for laser eye surgery, corneal thickness is typically the determining factor as to which procedure, PRK or LASIK, will suit a patient best. 

Another major factor in selecting the right surgery is the degree of correction needed. This may eliminate one of the laser eye surgery options. Continued advancement in technology has led to a next level laser eye surgery called SMILE, small incision lenticule extraction, that does not involve creating a flap in the cornea. Instead, SMILE is considered the least invasive refractive surgery option as it creates the smallest incision during surgery. The laser makes tiny cuts in the cornea to create tiny disc-like pieces of tissue. Eliminating the lenticules reshapes the cornea. 
All 3 surgical options involve reshaping the cornea with a laser and boast similar patient satisfaction rates that restore clarity of vision. It really is a personal choice, after meeting the requirements to schedule surgery, between you and your surgeon. To learn if LASIK is right for you, set up your consultation with The Eye Clinic Surgicenter at WEBSITE or by calling 406-252-6608.

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