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Last month we asked our EnVision readers if they were interested in LASIK and two-thirds of those who answered were either interested or needed to learn about it.

So, what is LASIK?

It stands for “laser-in-situ keratomileusis” and it’s a unique vision correction procedure that can eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. A LASIK procedure improves your eye’s vision by correcting the way your eyes focuses rays of light onto the retina.  During the procedure, an ophthalmologist creates a small flap in the corneal tissue, the clear dome at the front of the eye, and then reshapes the cornea beneath it with a laser. Don’t worry; an eyelid holder keeps you from blinking during the procedure. And while you might feel some pressure, it’s unlikely that you’ll experience any pain. The procedure itself usually takes less than 20 minutes per eye and after the procedure you’re only monitored for a short time to be sure everything is in order. The immediate effects vary depending on the person, but most people are able to return to work and other normal activities the day after the procedure.

Want to learn more about what happens during a laser vision correction procedure? Check out this article.

What are the results?

The majority of people who are good candidates for LASIK experience 20/20 vision within about a week or less–only a few still need to wear contacts or glasses. Others may have some short-term effects such as dry eyes, blurry vision, halos or trouble seeing in low-light, but these annoyances often fade away. Over time eyesight can deteriorate as a natural consequence of aging, but LASIK has been proven to have long-lasting results.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

Ophthalmologists use LASIK to treat conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. So if you’re affected by one of these, you may be a good candidate. But did you know that there are different types of laser vision correction, not just LASIK? One method may suit your vision correction needs better than another, so it’s important to consult your VSP doctor. If you’re curious, you can learn about the different methods here. Ultimately, your doctor will determine if you’re a good candidate and the best course of action to meet your vision correction needs. If you think the procedure may help to correct your vision, make an appointment with a VSP laser vision doctor.

Still have questions? Check out these FAQ’s about LASIK.

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The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your eye care doctor or physician for actual advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This article is the work of the attributed author and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of VSP. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Dr. Perlman is the Medical Director for VSP  and practices ophthalmology and ophthalmic plastic surgery at Perlman Center For Eye and Eyelid Surgery in Woodland, California.