LASIK surgery is the most popular elective vision surgery in the United States. And while most people know it’s a way to correct vision, they may not understand exactly how it works. LASIK is an acronym for a procedure called “laser in-situ keratomileusis” – a bit of a mouthful, but simply explained the surgery reshapes the cornea using a cool beam laser to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK is a very quick procedure, literally taking just seconds. Recovery is also quick and the results will last a lifetime. A common question is whether LASIK is safe, and the answer is a resounding “yes!” We use iLASIK, which reduces the risk of complications associated with the use of the hand-held microkeratome blade. It’s an added safety measure that not only improves the overall surgery but gives many patients an added level of comfort. The U.S. Navy even tested Bladeless iLASIK technology for naval aviators. Previously, traditional LASIK vision correction was off-limits for these pilots because of high altitude concerns and recovery time following the procedure. According to the Navy’s studies, a Bladeless iLASIK procedure delivered better vision quality, faster visual recovery time, and no issues with high altitude. Recovery time is important to the Navy because these aviators must make frequent carrier landings to maintain their qualifications. Another one of the concerns many people have when it comes to LASIK surgery is the cost. Don’t let that be the reason you don’t pursue LASIK and enjoy a life without glasses or contacts. Taking into consideration what you spend on contacts and glasses over the year, there’s a good chance you’ll find LASIK a better deal in the long run. You also can look into insurance discounts and financing. Check out our website for information on how to make LASIK affordable.