LASIK Surgery 101

  • Topic Info:LASIK is the most popular eye corrective procedure and stands for Laser In Situ Keratomileusis. The procedure involves using a laser underneath the corneal flap (In Situ) to reshape your cornea and correct vision problems. LASIK surgery reduces the need to wear eyeglasses or contacts.

    According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 36 million Americans wear contact lenses, and more than 150 million Americans use some sort of eye corrective eyewear to compensate for refractive errors.

    The price of LASIK surgery has come down as technology has developed, but it is still not cheap.

    However, when you consider the long-term benefit, the cost may even out. Think about it... a three-month supply of contact lenses typically costs about $44, which accumulates to $176 annually. If you've been wearing contacts for 25 years, you have spent more than $4,000 on contacts.

    Eye Care Specialist and LASIK Surgeon, Dr. Richard Norden, explains what LASIK surgery is, why it's beneficial, and if you might be a candidate for the procedure.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS