The History of LASIK
At Joffe Custom LASIK, we are committed to providing safe and effective technology to every patient. Additionally, we want to educate our patients about LASIK, the process and our technology so they feel comfortable in taking the next step with Custom LASIK.
Laser vision correction has been developed throughout the 20th Century with advances in the field of Ophthalmology and evolutions in the capabilities of the excimer laser and development of the femtosecond laser. Since its inception, over 25 million people worldwide have been treated and LASIK has become the most popular elective procedure.
In 1989, the first United States patent was granted for a new medical procedure that altered the curvature of the cornea. This marked the official launch of the laser vision correction industry in the U.S. after many years of trials and clinical development.
One year after the initial patent for laser vision correction, the first LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) procedure was performed. It didn’t gain formal FDA approval until 1999, but it quickly became the preferred treatment method for Ophthalmologists nationwide.
Since then, the laser systems used within LASIK have continue to develop, especially with the integration of Custom Wavefront technology. Custom Wavefront has given LASIK specialists a level of refinement that they didn’t have previously as it allows more sophistication in the anatomical profile of every patient. Combined with computerized topography, wavefront systems provide a much greater assurance of correction with higher-order or induced aberrations.
Our co-founders, Dr. Stephen Joffe and Craig Joffe, have been involved with laser vision correction since the early years of its development. Through this time, they developed a passion for LASIK and providing the highest quality in technology and customer service, which you will find in Joffe MediCenters today. When you choose Joffe, you choose a family operated company that knows LASIK, and is committed to you.