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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Laser Eye Surgery

A procedure used to correct the eyesight of the visually impaired, laser eye surgery has become a popular option for those looking for a lifetime free from glasses and contact lenses – but what secrets does it hold in its history?

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1. No one has ever gone blind 

There is a wealth of assorted information out there concerning laser eye surgery, including the popular myth that you can go blind if the surgery goes wrong. To date, there have been no recorded occurrences of anyone going blind from laser eye surgery.

This means that, amongst the millions of people that have gone through the treatment to correct their vision, not one person has lost their sight as a result the surgery. A very small number, roughly 0.1 per cent, experience complications, but none of these are anywhere near as severe as blindness.


2. There are no needles

Many people shy away from what is potentially a life changing procedure because of a fear of needles, or the idea of a needle in or around their eye. This is a particular shame, because no needles are actually used in the procedure and all numbing is performed by eye drops. While these may cause a slight stinging for 10 – 20 seconds, it does mean that no injections or needles are required for the procedure. If you feel that you require more information on the details of the surgery, it is a good idea to contact a specialist such as Optimax.


3. There’d be no laser eye surgery without rabbits

Rabbits have played a key role in the development of the laser technology required by laser eye surgery and have often provided great breakthroughs in the field. The very first experiments that used new lasers on the eye were performed for the US Air Force on rabbits in 1981. Whatever your thoughts on animal testing, the success of these early experiments meant rabbits played an important part in developing the technology before its implementation for humans.


4. The procedure was established by 1990

Though people are often concerned about the relative youth of the procedure, it has actually existed for over 20 years now, during which time it has come a long way. Between the years of 1988 and 1990, doctors and scientists developed the procedures that became the foundation of the surgery we know today.


5. Progress is still being made today

After millions of successful operations over a period spanning three decades, the technology and techniques behind laser eye surgery continue to progress and evolve as our understanding of the eye and the issues that affect vision develops. The procedure has now become even more accurate with the introduction of mapping technologies that make each surgery completely unique to the individual.