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Advances in Refractive Surgery: 1975 to the Present

Stulting, R. Doyle M.D., Ph.D.; Lahners, William J. M.D.; Carr, Jonathan D. M.D.


Purpose. To review the major advances in the field of refractive surgery occurring over the past 25 years.

Methods. Literature review.

Results. The major developments in refractive surgery over the past 25 years are reviewed.

Conclusions. The past 25 years have witnessed great changes in refractive surgery. As a result of advancements in technology, instrumentation, and technique, we have seen improvements in the treatment of all types of ametropias. In this article, we review some of the successes and failures of the past quarter-century.

From the Cornea Service, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Submitted February 2, 2000.

Revision received June 13, 2000.

Accepted June 13, 2000.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. R. Doyle Stulting, Emory Eye Center, 1365-B Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, U.S.A.

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.