Did you know… LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism?
What is LASIK Surgery?
According to Dr. Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD, Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea to help you see clearly without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery is essentially pain-free and takes only about 15 minutes for both eyes. The video below shows you how LASIK Surgery works:
Benefits of Lasik eye surgery
Laser eye surgery offers numerous benefits and can dramatically improve your quality of life. Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after the surgery, but LASIK results do vary. Some people may achieve only 20/40 vision or less.
Limitation of Lasik eye surgery
A small percentage of people will need a LASIK enhancement, or “touch up” procedure, a few months after the primary LASIK surgery to achieve acceptable visual acuity. Some patients may also still need reading glasses in their 40s, due to a normal age-related loss of near vision called presbyopia.
While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Your optometrist will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction is best for you.
If you’re not a good LASIK candidate, a number of other vision correction surgeries are available, such as PRK and LASEK laser eye surgery and phakic IOL surgery.