In the period between September 1990 and July 1991, 35 patients (46 eyes) were treated with the Excimer Laser. In 25 patients (34 eyes), a Myopia-Laser-Shaping was performed, one patient was treated for both myopia and astigmatism. In eight patients (10 eyes) correction of astigmatism was carried out. Two patients with recurrent erosions and one patient with superficial scarring of the cornea were treated. The authors review their initial experience with the Excimer Laser. The decision to initiate treatment must not be undertaken lightly, because the possibility of serious complications may not be neglected. This method shows promise in selected patients with light to medium degrees of myopia. In cases of severe myopia, our experience is encouraging. Subjectively, the patients are satisfied with the results, which do not fall short of their expectations. Further research and clinical experience in this area is urgently required.