Eyes on the Future – The New Laser Eye Surgery and the Customisation of the Cornea

It seems like just when we’re getting used to the idea of new technology, some more comes along to sweep us off our feet again. Laser Eye Surgery is still a relatively new practice and even though many thousands of people have had the Lasik treatment, the majority of the population is Application Of White Biotechnology still not familiar with how the procedure works, and how exactly it can help to cure the eyes of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. And before those people can even start to get familiar with the way that Lasik works, the surgery gets better, more complicated and much more exciting.
When most people think about laser eye surgery, they think about getting their eyes back to the strength they used to be. But now, the same Nasa technology that allows our telescopes to see stars that are thousands of light years away might be applied to Lasik surgery, granting patients the ability to see better at night, have far better image focusing and contrast, and to actually experience better than 20/20 vision. If you always thought that the six million dollar man was an impossible fiction think again; at least for the eye, it seems as if we can rebuild them better than they were before, making them stronger, keener, and altogether, more efficient.
A Nasa development known as wavefront technology and given the go-ahead by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2001, can help Lasik opthamologists take a long, hard look at the actual physical makeup of their subject’s eyes and deconstruct the sources of their vision problems. This means, that instead of just having a standard Lasik procedure, each patient will get an operation that targets their eyes specifically, and works to improve them in any way possible. Dr. Bradley Randleman who works at the Emory Diy Powerful Ultra Bass Eye Center in Atlanta testified to the possibility of this new technology stating that doctors are “getting more and more advanced with tailoring [their] laser treatment to the specific aberrations in the pattern of the cornea so [they] can best maximize the quality of vision.” This tailoring also makes it possible for the Lasik operation to correct more complicated problems than myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Past surgeries gone awry or more advanced/irregular astigmatism can be corrected as well.
These advances in eyesight technology remind us of the potential that the 21st century holds to extend the capacity of the human body. It’s simple enough to say, as adidas does in its omnipresent ad campaign that “impossible is nothing” but this mantra can be shot down with the simplest of examples. It is impossible for a human body to fly. Now, while improvements in natural human eyesight is not exactly analogous to our soon-to-come ability to fly, these advancements do suggest something more concrete, and more awesome. Doctors and scientists are beginning to display the ability to overturn the physical limits imposed on us by the natural capacities and incapacities of the human body.

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