Modern LASIK surgery has seen many advances in recent years, from its beginnings in Radial Keratotomy and Lamellar Refractive Surgery to the complex laser surgery utilizing custom wavefront technology that is used today. A wide range of physics is involved in understanding how changing the curvature of the cornea impacts human vision, and how the changes themselves are made. In this video series, students hear from a nationally known veteran LASIK surgeon with more than thirty years of experience as he discusses the evolution of LASIK. Homework and lab activities focus on the following topics:
In the YouTube video series above, Dr. Stanley Teplick discusses the fundamentals of LASIK surgery - using lasers to reshape the cornea. Basic geometric optics can be used to describe the principles of vision, but the technology currently employed in vision correction has far exceeded these simple models. The interaction of light in the form of lasers with tissue plays a critical role in the success of LASIK surgery. Dr. Teplick takes us from its humble beginnings to the sophisticated technology being used today.