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A. A New Laser Disc Treatment For Astigmatism

Narrator: This is Science Today. A new laser disc technology has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to correct astigmatism. This optic condition is caused by an elongated cornea that distorts or blurs vision. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler of UCLA says the laser disc can be used during the LASIK procedure, which is a laser eye surgery designed to correct nearsightedness.

Boxer Wachler: People know that we can correct nearsightedness but this laser disc technology has only been available since March of 1998, so a lot of people don't realize that we can correct astigmatism with a laser as well.

Narrator: Astigmatism is melted away in seconds using the laser disc technique.

Boxer Wachler: The laser disc is a very specialized piece of equipment that actually fits into the laser itself and the little disc has the astigmatism correction on it for the patient's eye and as the laser then comes down, this little disc is reshaping it to correct the astigmatism as well as the nearsightedness which the laser was programmed for.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.