What is Lasik?

LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is an outpatient surgical laser procedure used to treat refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.   With LASIK, your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) uses a laser to reshape the cornea to improve the overall way the eye focuses light rays onto your eye’s retina.

LASIK may decrease your dependence on glasses and contacts and in most cases allows you to go without them entirely! According the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), 70 percent of LASIK patients actually received 20/20 or better vision.   However 20/20 does not always mean “perfect” vision.  Just because you have LASIK to correct your distance eye sight, you will probably still require reading glasses around the ages of 40 – 45.  For this reason, it’s important to consider that LASIK may not product “perfect” vision without the need of reading glasses.