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When considering LASIK surgery, it is important to be informed about the surgery, what to expect before and after and what risks may be involved.

In a LASIK eye surgery, the cornea is reshaped to perfect refractive error, which is a main cause of vision imperfections. Your eye works similarly to the way a camera uses light to reflect an image onto film. With a camera, the focusing of the light is used to create an image. The human eye does the same as it uses light to bring into focus an image in your view. What causes images to look distorted is that the shape of the cornea is misshaped, causing distortion.

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LASIK is a form of refractive laser eye surgery that is used to decrease dependency on glasses or contact lenses. If you are considering laser eye surgery and want to know more about the LASIK procedure, review the following quick facts and stats.


LASIK was developed in 1990 by Lucio Buratto (Italy) and Ioannis Pallikaris (Greece). The year that the LASIK procedure was first performed in the United States:
  • 1991
The amount of people in the US who underwent LASIK in 2000:
  • Approximately 1.3 million

Vision problems that can be improved with LASIK:
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (distorted vision)
FDA statistics show the percentage of LASIK patients that are able to achieve at least 20/40 vision (vision to drive without glasses):
  • 92% to 95%
LASIK has a very high success rate. According to numerous surveys, the amount of patients that say they are satisfied with their LASIK outcomes:
  • 92% to 98% are satisfied
One of the most common vision problems, nearsightedness, can be treated with LASIK. Amount of Americans that are nearsighted:
  • One in four
The benefits of Wavefront-guided LASIK technology include:
  • More Precise
  • Fewer Aberrations
  • Reduces Retreatment Rates
The three wavefront-guided systems are:
  • CustomVue by VISX
  • CustomCornea by LADARVision
  • Zypotix by Bausch & Lomb