LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's
dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The goal of this website
is to provide objective information to the public about LASIK
| surgery. See other sections of this site to learn about what you
should know before surgery, what will happen during the surgery,
and what you should expect after surgery. There is a glossary of
terms and a checklist of issues for you to consider, practices to
follow, and questions to ask your doctor before undergoing
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is
a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea,
the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser.
A mechanical microkeratome (a blade device) or a laser keratome
(a laser device) is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left
at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma,
the middlesection of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled
laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced.
There are other techniques and many new terms related to LASIK
that you may hear about. Click on the various links on our website
to learn more about LASIK Eye Surgery.