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Seeing the Light: How Photonics Continues to Improve Eyesight

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Valerie Coffey, Science Writer, [email protected]

Cutting-edge laser technology and new techniques are enabling amazing diagnostic and treatment advances in ophthalmology. In 1981, Rangaswamy “Sri” Srinivasan, a researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, experimented with a pulsed argon fluoride (ArF) excimer laser on turkey leftovers, and lasers have had an ever-growing role in ophthalmology ever since. That landmark resulted in the first laser-based vision-correction techniques, including laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (lasik) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) techniques. Ophthalmology uses...Read full article

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