This group is a lifesaver

“This group is a lifesaver - excellent treatment, wonderful staff, and thorough follow-up. The results couldn’t be better! I highly recommend the Selkin Laser Center to everyone!”

Scott M - Medical Doctor

The results were instant for me

“The results were instant for me; I couldn’t believe the change. I drove myself to my next-day follow-up appointment. I could see 20/20."

Shelly C - Retail Manager

The best decision I've ever made

“Having LASIK done by Dr. Selkin was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Now I can see nearly perfectly with no help at all. Thanks to Dr. Selkin for changing my life and helping me to see clearly once again!”

Chris V - PC Technician
History of Lasik

Zyoptix® - Its Place in Permanent Vision Correction

Although people often think of laser eye treatment as ‘new’, laser vision correction has been available for more than 10 years. This section gives a brief overview of the history of the most common types of refractive surgery, starting at the most recent developments: Wavefront guided laser eye treatments - Zyoptix®

This is an advanced form of Standard LASIK (see below).
Both a wavefront- guided LASIK treatment and Standard LASIK are performed using the same surgical technique. The difference is that with a wavefront guided treatment, additional information is collected in the during the clinical examination and programmed into the laser. (See next section for more information).

Zyoptix, Bausch & Lomb’s wavefront- guided treatment, was the world’s first commercially available wavefront system and was launched in September 2000 in Europe, Canada, Latin America and Asia. By September 2003, more than 100,000 patients world-wide had been treated with Zyoptix. In early October 2003, after extensive clinical trials, the FDA approved Zyoptix for use in the USA.

In September 2003, Bausch & Lomb introduced the next generation in personalised vision correction with the arrival of the Zyoptix 100 laser. This new technology provides for faster treatment times and uses state-of-the-art Iris Recognition technology to ensure the upmost in patient safety.

PRK History

PRK was developed in the mid-80s. PRK involves manually removing the top layer of cornea and then using the laser to correct the refractive error. The top layer of the cornea regrows over several days. Although this treatment can be more painful than LASIK, PRK is still preferred by some surgeons as the visual results are good and it does offer a good alternative for people who have thin corneas.

PRK accounts for approximately 25% of treatments in Europe and in some countries like Italy it is the first choice of treatment. A new technique called LASEK which combines PRK and LASIK is being used by some surgeons, and in 2002 5% of all Refractive treatments were LASEK treatments.

A Brief History of LASIK

LASIK (LASer In situ Keratomileusis) is currently the most popular laser vision correction technique capturing approximately 90% of all refractive procedures in the US and 70% Europe. First introduced in the mid 90s, LASIK quickly gained popularity because it offered quicker, less painful visual recovery than PRK.

RK History

This technique was very popular in the late 80s and early 90s, reaching its peak in 1993 when more than 250,000 people underwent RK (Marketscope). It involves radial incisions in the periphery of the cornea in an attempt to flatten the cornea. Today very few surgeons use this technique.