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April 1991

The Altar of High Technology and the Excimer Laser

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(4):489-490. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080040057026

Our society is often accused of worshipping at the altar of high technology. Ophthalmology often mirrors this fascination. We all applaud the success of scientific advances, but are often careless in determining whether new technology is an improvement over the status quo or merely adding more excitement (and often more expense) to the nature of how something is done.

See also p 491.

One significant and exciting area in ophthalmology revolves around a very expensive piece of high technology. The excimer laser shows tremendous promise in its ability to mold and shape the cornea. In this issue of the Archives, Sher et al1 present clinical results of one aspect of how this technology can be used. Before discussing their report, however, I would like to lay a few ground rules that seem logical in measuring the success of new procedures:

  1. High technology simply for the sake of high technology

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