LASIK Overview

LASIK (or Lasik) is a form of laser eye surgery that offers vision correction for nearsightedness, often producing near 20/20 vision.  

LASIK eye surgery may be a good option if you depend on glasses or contacts for good vision, your eyes are healthy, and glasses or contacts are frustrating, inconvenient, uncomfortable, or impair your recreational and career interests. 

  • LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. Custom LASIK is the same as wavefront LASIK.
  • LASIK treatment is not permanent. Aging will affect your vision even if you have LASIK surgery.
  • Lens implants may be the only option for vision correction for those who are not qualified for LASIK surgery.
  • Before 1999, surgeons used a microkeratome to cut the cornea of the eye. Today, surgeons have the option of using a femtosecond laser, or intralase, rather than the microkeratome, which has a metal blade.
  • LASIK has been conducted on millions of patients without reported side-effects. But the procedure is still surgery. Reported side-effects from LASIK include, but are not limited to, loss of vision, dry eye, and development of visual disturbances such as glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect night-time vision. Some side-effects may diminish or disappear over time or they may become permanent.

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