Procedures using lasers to permanently correct vision eventually will make most eyeglasses obsolete, experts said at an American Academy of Ophthalmology convention.
George Waring, a professor of ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine, said recent advances in laser technology will enable most Americans who wear glasses or contact lenses to hang them "in a museum one day."Experts at the recent convention, where the latest results of laser surgery were reported, said they are most excited about the excimer laser, used on about 1,000 nearsighted patients worldwide. During a 12-second procedure, the laser shaves away the outer layer of the cornea to flatten it and correct nearsightedness.
The procedure will not help severely myopic patients who require larger portions of the cornea to be removed, researchers said.
The procedure is expected to cost $1,500. The Food and Drug Administration could approve it by 1994. Ophthalmologists have used lasers for surgery since the 1960s.