What is LASIK?

What is LASIK?

Not long ago, re-shaping your cornea with a precise laser beam guided by a computer-generated map that’s as unique as your fingerprint would have been considered science fiction. But now this type of surgery happens every day—along with a host of other modern treatments that bring renewed hope for nearly everyone whose vision needs help. Doctors have been performing laser vision correction surgeries for well over a decade. Nearly 32 million LASIK procedures have been performed to date, making it the most common elective vision procedure in the United States. In fact, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA have approved LASIK for their service men and women.

How does LASIK work?

Abnormalities in the shape of the cornea (the clear dome of tissue covering the iris) cause focusing problems that require glasses or contacts to correct. First, computer software is used to make an individual map of your eyes. This blueprint is used to drive the laser and give you a truly customized result. The LASIK procedure itself uses two state-of-the-art lasers to gently reshape your cornea, reducing or eliminating your need for glasses or contact lenses worn for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes.

LASIK Results

One year after having LASIK, patients in an FDA study reported that without glasses or contact lenses:

  • 100% of nearsighted patients and more than 95% of all clinical study patients could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses. 70% could see 20/16 or better.*
  • 98% of mild-to-moderate nearsighted patients and almost three-quarters of all clinical study patients could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses.*
  • Four times as many mild to moderate nearsighted participants were very satisfied with their night vision after treatment compared to their night vision before treatment with glasses or contacts.*

*Data on file. AMO Development, LLC. CustomVue procedure clinical trials submitted to the FDA; 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

LASIK Eligibility

More people than ever are candidates for LASIK. Our advanced LASIK procedure has earned FDA approval to treat the broadest range of vision imperfections possible. The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate is to visit us for a free consultation. We can answer your questions and give you a tour of our facility. In general, LASIK candidates:

  • Have mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness and all types of astigmatism.
  • Are dissatisfied wearing corrective lenses
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have healthy corneas

Most importantly, you should have realistic expectations about the procedure and understand that laser vision correction has limitations. LASIK surgery does involve risk. It is not for everyone and results are not guaranteed. Please contact our office to see if LASIK is right for you.

Future Technology

If your surgeon determines that you do not qualify for any current procedure, we will add you to our waiting list for treatment as technology is developed for your specific needs.

Get EyeSmart

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s webpage on LASIK.

LASIK surgery is not for everyone. It involves risk and the results are not guaranteed. Side effects may include, but are not limited to: dry eye syndrome which can be severe; visual symptoms including halo effect, glare, double vision, and/or starbursts, which can be debilitating; and the loss of vision. Glasses and/or contact lenses may be needed after surgery.
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