About the book
Since the invention of the excimer laser for refractive surgery by Stephen Trokel, MD and Francis L'Esperance, MD of Columbia University in the 1980s, and the FDA approval in the 1990s, over 100 million eyes have been treated worldwide by a wide variety of procedures. Unfortunately, there have been few publications classifying the myriad of procedures in a systematic fashion, in a way that is accessible to the physician and layperson alike, so it is useful in determining which procedure is best for a given indication. Therefore, the aim of this book is to group all available procedures into 3 logical categories, based on anatomic principles, so that these categories also logically highlight the relative advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. Hopefully, this will help general ophthalmologists, as well as optometrists, recommend the appropriate procedure in the field of refractive errors of the eye, and the layperson to choose the best one, given the varying considerations of safety, cost, contraindications, recovery time, and other factors.