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President's Prescription: LASIK Eye Surgery

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The No. 1 most sought after elective surgery in he country might surprise you. 

It has nothing to do with improving how people see them, but rather, how they see the world. This week we take a look at the ins and outs of LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK eye surgery has become a common and fairly affordable refractive procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related changes, to produce clearer, sharper vision without the need for glasses or contacts.

In general, people who undergo refractive eye surgery have a good chance of achieving 20/25 vision or better. More than eight out of every 10 people who've undergone refractive surgery no longer need glasses or contact lenses.

Refractive surgery is performed using a laser programmed to flatten the curve of the cornea or make it steeper to bend light rays to focus more precisely on your retina. An eye surgeon uses a special blade or cutting laser to cut a hinged flap about the size of a contact lens away from the front of your eye. 

Folding back the flap allows your doctor to access the part of your cornea that needs reshaping. Using a laser, your eye surgeon then adjusts specific parts of your cornea. After reshaping is complete, the flap is folded back into place.

The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

Results after LASIK eye surgery are different for everyone. People with low-grad nearsightedness tend to have the most success. 

If you're considering refractive eye surgery, talk to your doctore. He or she can exploain how the surgery might benefit you. 

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