What is LASIK?
LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is the most popular laser vision correction procedure. It can eliminate completely the need for glasses or contact lenses by correcting short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hypermetropia) and astigmatism.
It has a track record of over 30 years and is the most investigated and safe elective procedure worldwide. LASIK involves the creation of a flap, a thin layer of corneal tissue, with a femtosecond laser; once the flap is lifted excimer laser sculpts the cornea to match your refractive prescription. The flap is finally repositioned.
Just over 10 years ago, a keyhole procedure that does not involve creating a flap, called SMILE, was introduced; its advantages over LASIK include less potential for dry eye, better preservation of the corneal nerves and better biomechanical stability.
What are the benefits of LASIK laser eye surgery?
An active lifestyle without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.
- Improved quality of vision compared to strong spectacles.
No contact lens risks.
Less dry eye than with contact lens wear.
Quick improvement in vision following the procedure.