What is LASIK? What is the success rate? What is involved?
LASIK stands for Laser In Situ Keratomileusis. Kerato means the cornea, and smileusis is Greek for carving or sculpting. It is called in situ because surgeons work with the cornea while it is in the eye. This is a procedure designed to correct the refractive error of patients who are short sighted, long sighted or astigmatic. It involves the creation of a very thin layer (or flap) of the cornea, which is lifted under local anaesthetic. The laser is then applied, re-shaping the underlying surface for the correction of the refractive error. The flap is then replaced like a natural band-aid and bonds rapidly with the cornea without requiring any stitches.