Invention of spectacles was a great achievement at a time when patients with refractive error were severely handicapped or practically blind. Spectacles enjoyed a high degree of popularity for a long time, but now their disadvantages such as, cosmetic blemish, restricted field of clear vision, aberrations, obstruction in sports and physical discomfort, are apparent. However, this does not mean that spectacles are to be condemned. There are still many situations where spectacles are the only alternative available for restoration of vision and also a respectable visual device.
A question that always haunts the minds of the ophthalmologists and patients alike is “Why should we depend on prosthesis when it is possible to restore natural vision with all its inherent advantages (not just cosmetic)?” The answer to all our doubts and apprehensions lies in LASIK.