For many people, laser eye surgery can correct their vision so they no longer need glasses or contact lenses. Laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. This changes its focusing power.
There are different types of laser eye surgery. LASIK - laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis - is one of the most common. Many patients who have LASIK end up with 20/20 vision. But, like all medical procedures, it has both risks and benefits. Only your eye doctor can tell if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
- Basics of LASIK Eye Surgery (Federal Trade Commission)
- Is LASIK for Me? A Patient's Guide to Refractive Surgery (American Academy of Ophthalmology) - PDF
- LASIK (Food and Drug Administration)
- LASIK - Laser Eye Surgery (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- LASIK Eye Surgery (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- What Should I Expect Before, During, and After Surgery? (Food and Drug Administration)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Corneal Surgery, Laser (National Institutes of Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) (National Institutes of Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Photorefractive Keratectomy (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Levels of interleukin-6 in tears before and after excimer laser...
- Article: Comparison of postoperative pain following laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy and transepithelial...
- Article: Vector analysis of 1-year astigmatic outcomes from a prospective, randomized,...
- Laser Eye Surgery -- see more articles
- Diagram of the Eye (National Eye Institute) Available in Spanish
- Glossary (LASIK Eye Surgery) (Food and Drug Administration)
- Refractive Surgery and Corneal Modification Definitions (American Optometric Association)