Dr. Jose Barraquer, M.D.

The father of LASIK is considered to be Dr. Jose Barraquer, M.D., who developed (with Dr. Cesar Carriazo), in Bogota, Colombia, the technique of opening a flap on the outer protective layer of the eye with a microkeratome and reshaping the cornea . As early as 1949, Dr. Barraquer was using manual methods for cutting and reshaping the eye tissue, which resulted in improved vision for many of his patients.

Also in Colombia, Dr. Luis Ruiz performed the first in situ Keratomileusis using the manual microkeratome.

Colombia continues to be one of the most highly-rated locations of the world for state-of-the art ophthamology and eye surgery.