By:Walker Texas Ranger
LASIK or Lasik (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser to reshape the eye's cornea in order to improve visual acuity. For most patients, LASIK provides a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. Major side effects include starbursts, night-driving problems and eye dryness.
LASIK is most similar to another surgical corrective procedure, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and both represent advances in the surgical treatment of refractive errors of vision. For patients with moderate to high myopia or thin corneas which cannot be treated with LASIK and PRK, the phakic lens is an alternative.
Average costs of Lazik surgery and risks
Laser eye clinics are misleading customers by claiming that the operation is virtually risk-free when in fact one in 10 operations fail.
Glossy brochures and websites which quote post-surgery "complication" rates as low as just one in 1,000 do not mention that up to 10 per cent of patients will have to have further surgery.