, an acronym
ssisted in Si
eratomileusis, is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses
or contact lenses.
LASIK FDA site:">
Public information from the official LASIK FDA site:
"LASIK is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea
, the clear covering of the front of the eye
, using an excimer laser
. A knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced."