LASIK (which is an abbreviation of Laser In-Situ Keratomileus) is a state of the art laser surgical procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Laser vision correction surgery has a long track of success and safety, having been performed world-wide for the past 20 years. Laser vision correction was initially done using a procedure called PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) that involves removing the surface layer of the cornea and treating the underlying tissue with the laser. PRK is still done for certain patients and works well, LASIK has evolved into the dominant type of procedure being done by experienced refractive surgeons. Custom Lasik is my procedure of choice based upon the outstanding results that I have been able to achieve for my patients. I personally have performed over 7,000 LASIK procedures.
LASIK can treat low to moderate degrees of nearsightedness (myopia), and can be combined with the treatment of astigmatism. If your eyeglass prescription is between -1.25 to -9.00, you are potentially a candidate to have laser vision correction surgery. Similarly, if you are farsighted (hyperopic), and your distance eyeglass prescription is between +1.00 to +3.00, you may be a LASIK candidate. If your prescription is outside of these parameters, you may still be a candidate for a different type of refractive surgical procedure such as a refractive lens implant or a clear lens extraction.