LASIK is an acronym for Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis and is done to reshape the cornea and allow you to see clearly. LASIK can correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. It is the most well-known laser vision correction procedure in the country, but it is not the only way to correct vision problems. In fact, some people may not be candidates for LASIK.
The different techniques associated with laser vision correction all reshape the cornea and help the light to refocus correctly on the retina. This is known as refractive surgery and is performed with an excimer laser. There are two types of LASIK offered: traditional LASIK and custom LASIK.
Other variations of laser vision correction include:
For many people, undergoing one of these procedures with an experienced LASIK specialist means that they will no longer have to wear corrective lenses. This can make a major difference in their quality of life.
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Find out about Pachymetry and what it's used for.
For more information, see Questions About LASIK.
If you are interested in finding out more about laser vision correction, or any of the specific refractive surgeries listed here, please contact an experienced ophthalmologist in your area for an initial consultation.