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Emergence of Refractive Surgery

Emergence of Refractive Surgery SPECIAL ARTICLE Peter J. McDonnell, MD major story of the last 2 decades of the 20th century has been the emergence of re- fractive surgery. Initially extremely controversial, with modest predictability and de- batable safety and long-term stability, surgical modification of corneal curvature has A come to be well accepted by the profession and the public. The number of these pro- cedures that will be performed in 2000 may exceed 1.5 million. These procedures will continue to be refined over time, and new procedures designed to treat extreme refractive errors (eg, phakic intraocular lenses) or other problems not currently treatable (eg, presbyopia) will fuel growth in this area. Ultimately, the genetic and environmental influences that result in excessive axial elon- gation and myopia will be identified, and the progression of myopia in school-aged children will be arrested. The benefit to society of eliminating myopia and other refractive errors in the next century will be enormous, allowing the reallocation of enormous resources away from corrective lenses and toward research into treatments for blinding diseases. Corneal infections will become much less Emergence of resistant organisms will of an important concern to the corneal and continue to be a major issue for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Emergence of Refractive Surgery

JAMA Ophthalmology , Volume 118 (8) – Aug 1, 2000

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6165
eISSN
2168-6173
DOI
10.1001/archopht.118.8.1119
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Abstract

SPECIAL ARTICLE Peter J. McDonnell, MD major story of the last 2 decades of the 20th century has been the emergence of re- fractive surgery. Initially extremely controversial, with modest predictability and de- batable safety and long-term stability, surgical modification of corneal curvature has A come to be well accepted by the profession and the public. The number of these pro- cedures that will be performed in 2000 may exceed 1.5 million. These procedures will continue to be refined over time, and new procedures designed to treat extreme refractive errors (eg, phakic intraocular lenses) or other problems not currently treatable (eg, presbyopia) will fuel growth in this area. Ultimately, the genetic and environmental influences that result in excessive axial elon- gation and myopia will be identified, and the progression of myopia in school-aged children will be arrested. The benefit to society of eliminating myopia and other refractive errors in the next century will be enormous, allowing the reallocation of enormous resources away from corrective lenses and toward research into treatments for blinding diseases. Corneal infections will become much less Emergence of resistant organisms will of an important concern to the corneal and continue to be a major issue for

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JAMA OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 2000

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