What is Lasik?
Ophthalmologists have been treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with various procedures for over 25 years. In the 1980's researchers found that IBM's new Eximer laser, used initially for etching computer chips, had medical applications as well. The eximer laser has made possible the precise treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The Eximer laser allows for the precise removal of up to 0.25 microns (0.00004 of an inch) with each pulse. The eximer laser produces a non-thermal or "cool" beam of light.
Lasik stands for Laser In-situ Keratomileusis. Simply stated, this means to change the shape of the cornea using the energy of the laser. The laser changes of shape of the cornea so that light rays are focused More precisely on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating refractive errors.
Correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with the eximer laser is the most technologically advanced method available to reduce you dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Well over one million laser vision procedures have been performed world wide. The safety of the procedure has been proven by over 15 years of follow-up.