This is Science Today. Laser technologies have revolutionized
the field of vision correction. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler
of UCLA says laser procedures for astigmatism and
near-sightedness surpass standard laser refractive
procedures in terms of efficiency and patient comfort.
Wachler: More people can expect to get good
vision the next day and go back to work. It's something
that five years ago; we would have had a hard problem
offering it to the same range of people.
Narrator: Dr. Boxer Wachler has been using
a new 'laser disc' technology to correct astigmatism
with or without nearsightedness.
Wachler: I'm finding when I say that now we
can correct astigmatism, most people are very surprised.
They didn't know that we had that capability, but
we do and it's very effective. When we look to the
future, There are going to be new techniques and technologies
that include lasers and some non-laser technologies
to correct people's visual problems. And I think we'll
be seeing shortly a laser approved to correct farsightedness.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.