What is LASIK?
LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that corrects refractive errors or vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive procedure today. From 1990 to the present, over 10 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide establishing refractive surgery as the second most common ophthalmic surgical procedure, behind cataract (more than 10 million surgeries per year worldwide). In 2003, in the USA alone, more than 1.2 million LASIK surgeries were performed.
There are no needles, no stitches, and no pain. Prior to the procedure, drops are placed in the eye to anesthetize it (like the ones used to check your eye pressure for a glaucoma test) and an instrument called speculum is placed in the eye to prevent you from blinking.
LASIK has altogether eliminated or reduced the dependence on glasses or contact lenses for millions of people around the world.