What is LASIK?

 

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is a vision correction option that has been FDA approved since 1995 that can help reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. LASIK surgery corrects nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism, while either reducing or eliminating the need for corrective lenses.
During the procedure, a femtosecond laser is used to create a flap in the cornea, and underneath that flap, the laser helps to permanently re-shape the cornea by removing tiny amounts of corneal tissue. LASIK is an outpatient procedure that generally takes less a few minutes to complete and is virtually painless due to the use of anesthetic eye drops.
LASIK is a relatively safe and accurate procedure, but as with any surgery, there are a few risks such as over-corrections, under-corrections, and temporary changes in vision. Results can occur as soon as a few days after surgery, but for some people it can take up to 3-6 months for vision to stabilize. LASIK surgery can help improve your quality of life, and most people end up with 20/20 vision or better.