Like most inventions, the credit for who invented laser eye surgery goes to more than one person. Although it was Dr. Fyodorov, a Russian doctor who actually first applied the idea of refractive surgery in the early 1930s, it was not until 1960 when Theodore Maiman invented the first laser, known as a ruby laser.
Fyodorov did not invent refractive surgery, but one of his greatest contribution to the field of laser eye surgery was in researching the previous studies in the field and developing a formula which made the procedure much more predictable than it had been in the past. The legacy of his formulations can be found in nearly all of the laser eye machines being developed today.
Laser eye surgery is a procedure or treatment that is used to correct vision problems, in particular nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The basic point of this surgery is to reduce a person’s need or dependency for glasses or contact lenses, thereby improving their quality of life overall.
How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?
Although the procedure itself is quite simple, the technology and relevance behind it is quite complex. Basically short pulses of invisible ultraviolet light, or laser, is used to remove a small flap off the surface of the cornea, and in doing so correcting the curvature of the cornea.
By doing this, the retina is able to focus and concentrate on images better, and thus the patient’s vision is improved.
Thousands of people worldwide have already taken the leap and had the laser eye surgery performed, and the majority of people are completely satisfied with the results. However, as with any other type of procedure, there are certain risks and complications involved.
Although these are a rarity, they do still occur in some cases, and so they are therefore essential to learn about. The most typical laser eye surgery complications are overcorrection and undercorrection, overcorrection meaning that too much tissue was removed during the procedure, undercorrection referring to the fact that too little tissue was removed.
As long as you take the time to find a qualified and experienced surgeon, and ensure that you are in the most qualified hands possible, then there should be no serious problems as a result of the procedure, however just to be safe you need to be prepared for the worst.
If it turns out that you do end up with overcorrection or undercorrection, you are able to have another procedure in an attempt to fix it, but again there is the chance that something may go awry and you may end up even worse off than you were going in to the procedure, which is a fact that you must consider.