LASIK Eye Surgery Basics
- Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is the most common type of laser eye surgery.
- During a LASIK procedure, the cornea is reshaped, adjusting how the eye focuses. For example:
o Improve far vision by flattening the cornea.
o Improve near vision by steepening the curve of the cornea.
o Treat astigmatism by smoothing irregularity.
- LASIK is an out-patient procedure.
- LASIK procedures typically take about 15 minutes. However, you will be at the doctor’s office for approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.