Corrective laser eye surgery is by far the most popular eye surgery in today’s times. It has taken the world by storm, with approximately 2,000 people having it performed every day. The two most common methods of corrective surgery are LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Laser eye surgery can correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, thereby eliminating an individual’s dependency on corrective lenses.
o Most popular, LASIK uses a precision laser to remove corneal tissue and reshape the cornea to change its level of focus.
o PRK is preferred for individuals with thin corneas where creating a flap may be more difficult.
Both types of corrective surgery take approximately 15 minutes per eye. New “bladeless” wave front technology has been introduced to mitigate some of the issues caused by aberrations in flap edges.