History of Lasers

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A concept of stimulated emission by light came from Albert Einstein in 1917. He toyed with the idea of photons interacting with highly excited molecules which created an emission with a second photon. Later this action became termed laser which stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. LASIK surgery uses light to make the incision in the eye to correct a vision problem. Bladeless surgery it creates a small clean incision in the cornea which results in faster healing times making LASIK an outpatient surgery.


It took till 1960 to create the first working laser. It happened at Hughes Research Lab when Dr. Theodore Maiman along with other researchers designed a synthetic ruby laser that sent out steady light pulses. The military instituted it at once for tracking and sensing applications. In the 1970s range finding became a billion-dollar industry promoting the use of lasers even more. By 1980 fiber optics came into the arena and an array of laser-based technology appeared as microwaves, and circuits took over electronics. At the same time medicine began to explore uses for lasers in their field.  By 1962 a dermatologist, Dr. Goldman used lasers to remove unwanted tattoos. Dr. Paul McGruff in 1963 did an experimental ablation of the atherosclerotic plaques. By 1980 Schawlow and Bloembergen received one half of a Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of laser spectroscopy.

Lasers in Ophthalmology

In the 1980s ophthalmologists begin to explore lasers as a better way to do eye surgery. By 1985 they had effectively treated the four causes of blindness, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract, and age-related macular degeneration with the laser. It permanently altered the way eye conditions became treated. Laser eye surgery expanded its practices in the 1990s. Now many lasers exist to do eye surgery. Ophthalmic lasers list as argon laser, diode laser, dye laser, ErYag laser, excimer laser, femtosecond laser, and cyclodiode laser. Each has been carefully crafted for the different eye conditions to give the best outcome possible from the technology. Rest assured that Houston LASIK has some of the latest technology in lasers available at its clinic.

Houston LASIK Lasers

The staff at the clinic along with the doctors’ update technology and training regularly. The clinic has some of the latest laser technology. For cataract surgery it has a femtosecond laser with a computer guided precision system. Femtosecond refers to the one-millionth of the one billionth second the device takes to make a light pulse. The clinic has an excimer laser which uses ultraviolet light. It disrupts molecular bonds causing ablation rather than burning the incision. Each laser has a different set of technologies to give optimum surgery or diagnosis such as Wavefront, or Intralase. Which laser will work for which condition and patient becomes determined by the history, state of the condition, and the technology. It takes an award-winning ophthalmologist like at the clinic in Houston to determine what laser and what approach. Call today and meet the staff, have a consultation and enjoy the latest technology available in lasers.


Houston Lasik leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Houston Lasik, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.