Eye News Volume III Issue 2
“The advances in laser technology and Dr. Lewis’s extensive corneal experience have made me a strong proponent of LASIK as an important option for my patients wearing glasses and contact lenses,” Fabriziani continued.
“The progress in excimer laser technology has been critical to the success of this procedure. LASIK is now mainstream,” Fabriziani feels.
The excimer laser was originally developed by IBM for use in the semiconductor industry. It didn’t take long before scientists realized it was remarkably accurate at shaping corneal tissue.
While some laser manufactures concentrated their efforts on simplistic and now outdated broad beam techniques, NIDEK developed a sophisticated scanning slit approach.
“Instead of blasting away precious corneal tissue, NIDEK uses a software-driven design that scans the cornea and gently removes tissue. The slit paints the cornea and fashions the ideal optical shape,” said Dr. Fabriziani.
“The technology behind the NIDEK EC-5000 laser has been recognized Internationally. I was sold on scanning-slit technology when I learned many experienced refractive surgeon’s chose the NIDEK when their friends and family needed LASIK” claimed Dr. Fabriziani.
LASIK is rapidly becoming the most popular eye procedure both nationally and internationally.
Many think LASIK is a modern version of RK (Radial Keratotomy) developed in the former Soviet Union. It isn’t! The true birthplace for LASIK is Bogota, Colombia.
In 1949, Jose Barraquer began sculpting the cornea to change its shape and reduce dependence on glasses and contacts. American scientists and physicians helped the international effort to refine the process. Thanks to brilliant intellects in Italy, Greece, South America, Canada, France, and the United States LASIK was born.
Dr. Carmen Barraquer (Jose Barraquer’s daughter) continues to make important contributions to the science of LASIK at the Barraquer Institute in Bogota.
The FDA, known for its conservative approach, first approved LASIK several years ago. Sources estimate nearly two million LASIK procedures will take place in the US alone in 2001.
Willis Houston (show on the right) had his LASIK surgery recently.
Mr. Houston reported, “The surgery was better than my expectations and I am thrilled that I was 20/20 ever since my first day.”
Like others, Mr. Houston is most excited he can drive without his glasses. He added, “The surgery has made me look younger.”
Dr. Lewis, who has performed over 4000 procedures in the last two years said, “I am always amazed with the feeling of freedom these patients describe. It is as though they have been held back from enjoying life, sports, and hobbies by their glasses and contact lenses.”
Dr. Wong and his wife, Tuyet, are extremely happy with the results of this exciting surgery. They are just one of many couples who have chosen LASIK and iHateMyGlasses.com™.
The accomplished LASIK and Epi-LASIK Philly surgeon Dr. Lewis has dedicated his career to the pursuit of surgical perfection and complete patient satisfaction. In addition to performing LASIK eye surgery in Philadelphia, he offers sophisticated intraocular lens implants and intraocular contact lenses. In fact, Dr. Lewis is one of the most experienced Visian ICL Philadelphia / Bucks County specialists.