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LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK is eye surgery done with a laser to help you see better. The laser makes tiny cuts that change the shape of the clear cover over the eye, the cornea. If done right, it can reduce a person's need for glasses or contact lenses.

Most patients are very pleased with the results. But there are risks, as with all surgery.

Is LASIK right for me?
Things to think about ...

Things Your Doctor Must Look for Before Surgery
Your doctor needs to find out if you have any of these conditions:

If You Choose LASIK
Before surgery:

After surgery:

To Report a Problem
The FDA controls the sale of the lasers used for LASIK. If you have a problem with LASIK eye surgery, first speak with your doctor. Then report the problem to FDA's MedWatch program at 1-800-332-1088. Or visit and click on "MedWatch" (Medical Product Reporting/Safety Information.)

Finding the Right Doctor is Very Important
Ask these questions before choosing a doctor:

Experience: How many LASIK eye surgeries has this doctor done with the same laser?

Equipment: Does this doctor use an FDA-approved laser?

Information: Does this doctor take the time to answer all your questions? Do you feel at ease giving and getting information with this doctor?

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