The history of LASIK eye surgery started at the end of the 19th century in Columbia. Jose Barraquer was one of the pioneers of this vast field of medicine. He had a great interest in experimenting with tissue of the cornea. He believed that with certain manipulation it would allow the patient to see clear without glasses and he was right and far ahead of his time. Further information can also be found at

First experiments

First experiments were only an attempt to move from traditional methods that were Dtransitioning from manual cut to a mechanized operation by the introduction of microkeratome – a tool that plays vital role even today.

Steps in surgery

The operation was basically accomplished in three steps:

  • Cornea was cut open
  • Disk was removed with the microkeratome then reshaped
  • Disk re-attached with a cryolathe (an instrument for reshaping the cornea to correct vision)

Not accurate

Now this was hands down a huge step forward, but the technique was not as accurate as it was needed to be. Also, rehabilitation often took a long time.

New techniques

The next step that was significant in laser eye surgery history made by Stephen Trokel in mid-20th century. He researched the possibility of excimer laser application in this field. First, he conducted experiments with animals, then on blind humans. After he had proven the cornea returns to its normal state within weeks, the first operation with this technique was done, showing that this was correct path to be exploring.

Further history

History developed further when Dr. Lucio Buratto combined the two mentioned methods. He introduced a new approach that implied that the cornea disk was not removed from the tissue, but rather stayed partially attached. This allowed for further easier relocation and much faster recovery.

In Michigan

Yaldo Eye Center is where Michigan Lasik eye surgery is being done to improve vision of many patients. Those interested in Michigan Lasik surgery can get further information at