Making the decision to undergo a procedure to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or presbyopia can be difficult and requires, in large part, good information and advice on the part of the professionals.

Many patients consider the eyes their most important and delicate organ and therefore the confidence they place in us is fundamental to undergoing the procedure. To surgically correct refractive disorders (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia) we utilize our ophthalmologic centers and Custom LASIK technology.

The Custom LASIK technology offers optimum results and great quality. However, the patient should obtain clear and precise information regarding the treatment, as much about the benefits as the risks, in order to make a responsible decision.

At Eyecos we are concerned that the information that you receive is complete and objective and are committed to answering any questions that might arise in consultation with our professionals.

THE HISTORY OF REFRACTIVE SURGERY

The first attempted refractive surgery involving the removal of the crystalline lens was performed by Boherhave in 1808.

Many years passed, as did much research, before Josep Ignasi Barraquer first conceived and then introduced the keratophakia and myopic keratomileusis procedures via freezing, in 1949 and 1963 in his Bogota clinic.

These techniques attempt to reduce or eliminate severe myopia by either diminishing the refractive power of the cornea (keratomileusis) or increasing the power to correct hyperopia (keratophakia).

Twenty years after Josep I. Barraquer introduced these new techniques, several other surgical methods were developed for the correction of serious refractive disorders, all of them aimed at changing the shape of the cornea.

The Excimer Laser (or Exciplex Laser) was utilized for the first time to correct myopia in the human eye by Dr. Ionnis Pallikaris in 1989, though it was not until 1991 that Luis Ruiz invented the first automated microkeratome.

This instrument is used in the first stage of the surgery to make the non-refractive incision, preparing the cornea for the laser treatment.

The LASIK technique (keratomileusis with assistance of the Excimer Laser) combines the use of an automated microkeratome with the Excimer Laser, which shapes the cornea to correct the disorder in each patient.

In October 1995, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of the United States approved the utilization of the Excimer Laser in the correction of refractive disorders after a long and exhaustive study that demonstrated the effectiveness, predictability and safety of this type of laser.

The Eyecos team has been performing LASIK treatment since 1995, continuing to research and work to improve, day after day, this surgical technique and incorporating the latest lasers and software to guarantee the best results.