LASIK (pronounced "Lay-sik")
can improve your vision. This procedure reshapes the cornea
(surface of the eye), helping you to more clearly focus what
you see. Advanced laser technology makes LASIK fast and often
painless. Vision begins to improve soon after surgery, and
may become stable within weeks.
Tools that your eye doctor may use during LASIK include:
laser, which produces a concentrated beam of cool ultraviolet
(UV) light. Each pulse of this laser can remove a tiny portion
of corneal tissue. An excimer laser is so accurate that it
can cut a notch in a human hair. It generates no heat and is
gentle to tissue.
a microsurgical instrument that can make extremely thin, precise
laser, which produces rapid pulses of light. Like a microkeratome,
it can make thin, precise cuts.
What You Should Consider
LASIK is not for everyone. Be sure to discuss your medical history
with your eye doctor. You may not be a good candidate if you: