Where Do We Stand with The Ever Evolving Technology?
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Albert Einstein. “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road”. Stewart Brand. The developments in the field of ophthalmology have gone through tremendous and fast evolution over the last 40 years. The purpose of this evolution is the well being of our patients. In the surgical field we aim at efficiency, safety and predictability. Technological innovations are always aimed to improve a surgical need or a patient outcome. For example with the development of modern phacoemulsification machines and techniques it became possible to aspirate the hardest of nuclei through a tiny incision down to 1.8 mm, which was not possible manually. So innovations in surgical techniques have evolved rapidly to improve the use of the technology. Another example is the introduction of excimer laser technology in refractive surgery which gave us the opportunity of precision in carving the corneal surface to attain the desired refractive result which was not possible with any previous technique.