IS LASIK SURGERY THE FUTURE OF EYE CARE?

There has been no other achievement in eye care over the last fifty years which is an important as Lasik surgery. The Lasik operation was first pioneered by a Columbian eye surgeon who was looking for a better method for cataract treatment, but as is the case with many of the most important advancements made in medicine, Lasik surgery was more or less stumbled upon by accident. Lasik surgery was not instantly accepted by eye surgeons worldwide, in fact it took almost fifteen years for the surgery to make its way to the United States, but once it arrived it swept the country, and quickly became one of the most common eye operations. Today, companies like, www.mhei.com, provide high quality Lasik surgery to thousands of patients each year. The Lasik clinics allow people to undergo their Lasik procedure in a very shorts time, and most of the cost is now covered by insurance companies, so the surgery has never been so widely available as it is today. As big as Lasik operations have become, there are many eye surgeons out there today who have predicted that the full potential of Lasik surgery has not yet been realized.

There are a few different things which are likely to happen with Lasik surgery in the next decade. The first and perhaps the most exciting development taking place in the Lasik development area is the speed with which people will be able to undergo Lasik eye surgery in the near future. Right now, Lasik surgery is a process which takes the surgeon around three hours to achieve, with an additional five hours of time for prepping the patient, and four more hours for the patient to be under observation upon the conclusion of the operation. So, an eye surgeon may only be able to perform one surgery per day. New equipment is going to change the speed in which Lasik operations can be done. There will soon be machines which operate on their own, and need only to be observed by a doctor. Many people in the field of Lasik development predict that the new equipment used in Lasik surgery could get the operation down to just an hour in total, meaning that thousands more people can benefit from the process.

The other thing which people have begun to predict for the future of Lasik surgery are operations performed as soon as a child is born. Most of the vision problems which people have in life can be observed when they are born. If doctors can make the Lasik process so that it can be used on babies, then people might never have to experience vision problems in their life. Lasik surgery is already being done on children as young as seven, but until recently there has been very little testing done on babies to see if they are good candidates for Lasik surgery.  This year several of the world’s leading eye surgery research institutes will begin looking into Lasik surgery for newborn babies.