Is Lasik right for you?

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Glasses are fine for pulling off that “don’t I look smart?” look, but any spectacle wearer will tell you they’re a pain. Hinges wear out, scratches permanently cloud your line of sight, stray eyelashes wind up on lenses… eventually you get sick of it. And contacts are no better, with constant lubrication being the only thing keeping you from red, stinging, itchy eyes. Plus there’s the not-insignificant fact that you have to stick your fingers in your eye to put them on.

Which is probably why more and more patients are turning to Lasik corrective eye surgery for a permanent solution to their vision problems. LASIK, or laser in-situ keratomileusis if you want to sound like a scientist, essentially works by reshaping the cornea to correct the cause of your vision problems. It’s a quick and painless procedure that usually offers complete vision correction within 24 hours. According to the Mayo Clinic, results from LASIK can depend on your refractive error and other factors. People with mild nearsightedness tend to have the most success with refractive surgery. People with a high degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness along with astigmatism have less predictable results. Even with that in mind, the Mayo Clinic says that most people report high satisfaction after LASIK surgery, although long-term results often aren't available or haven't been well-studied. Part of the reason for this, the Mayo Clinic says, is that people are overall satisfied after surgery, so they don't feel a need for repeat examinations and follow-up data is not collected.

One simple procedure can let you put those glasses back in their case and see the world with your own eyes.

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