Procedures for Women

Lasik Eye Surgery
Photorefractive Keratectomy

LASIK is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. LASIK has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.

An instrument called a microkeratome is used to create a thin circular flap in the cornea. Another method used in making the flap is with a laser.

The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.

When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.

Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired.

You may already have a surgeon or you might be looking at financing options first, either way can help you understand your options.


Some patients experience discomfort in the first 24-48 hours after LASIK eye surgery. Other side effects may include: glare, seeing, halos around images, difficulty driving at night, fluctuating vision and dry eyes.

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At a Glance


5 min or less


Mild Oral Sedative

In/Out Patient:  

Out Patient


1 to 2 days