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What Is Laser Vision Correction (LASIK)?

Laser vision correction is a very common type of corrective eye surgery available for people who are nearsighted or farsighted.

The most popular form is LASIK. LASIK is the single most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. You may hear people calling it "LASIX," but the name is actually short for "Laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis". During the procedure, a flap on the front surface of the eye (the cornea) is folded back and a laser is used to reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back to its original position. Most patients experience good vision results the very next day.

Why is it so popular? LASIK has a relatively painless recovery and quick results.