LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a popular elective procedure that corrects refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea with a laser. LASIK technology has improved rapidly in recent years and we expect that progress to continue.
LASIK was patented in 1989 by Gholam A. Peyman, MD, and performed for the first time in 1990 by Ioannis G. Pallikaris, MD. Since then, LASIK has undergone many technological advancements that have improved its safety, precision, predictability, and outcomes.
Here are ways LASIK has changed through 2023—and where the procedure is headed in the future.
Femtosecond laser = All-Laser Treatment
One of the major innovations in LASIK in recent years was the introduction of the femtosecond laser, which replaced the mechanical blade (microkeratome) for creating the corneal flap. The femtosecond laser uses ultrafast pulses of light to create a thin flap with more accuracy and fewer complications than the microkeratome. The femtosecond laser also allows for more customization of the flap size, shape, and thickness according to the patient’s corneal anatomy and refractive error.
At Lake Lazer Eye Center, Dr. Khambati utilizes this all-laser approach with advanced laser platforms to perform our SoftTouch LASIK procedure. The result is a highly accurate, fast, and comfortable procedure tailored to each patient’s unique eyes.
SMILE Vision Correction
Another important development in laser vision correction has been the SMILE procedure. SMILE is a LASIK-like procedure, with the major difference being it’s a one-step procedure (LASIK is 2 steps). Depending on your unique eyes, goals, and vision needs, one procedure may be recommended over the other. Dr. Khambati will discuss this with you in detail during your complimentary consultation.
As one of the first in the country to offer Zeiss SMILE, Dr. Khambati is highly experienced in this advanced procedure.
The future of LASIK
As LASIK technology continues to evolve, we can expect further improvements in the future. One of the most exciting:
Expansion of potential vision correction candidates: As LASIK technology has advanced, more people are now candidates than in years past. In addition, more FDA-approved procedures like SMILE have become available, which allow us to treat patients who may not be ideal LASIK candidates. As the technology continues to develop, more and more people will qualify for some type of advanced vision correction procedure. (A thorough vision consultation is needed to determine candidacy. If you’ve not had one yet, this is your first step. Schedule now)
LASIK is a remarkable procedure that has transformed the lives of millions of people around the world. With ongoing research and innovation, LASIK may offer even more benefits and options for patients who seek clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.
To find out if you qualify for SoftTouch LASIK or the SMILE procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Khambati and the Lake Lazer Eye Center team – dial (586) 792-3891 or book online now.
Detroit LASIK practice Lake Lazer Eye Center offers up-front pricing, and convenient and affordable payment plans for SoftTouch LASIK and the SMILE procedure. Dr. Khambati has helped thousands of people from all over the world escape the restrictions of glasses and contacts. In the event that you’re not a candidate for vision correction, we’ll assist you with a contact lens evaluation or a selection of designer and specialty eyewear.