LASIK-What Does it Stand for?

LASIK is a popular laser eye surgery to correct refractive errors in vision. But what does LASIK stand for? LASIK is the acronym for Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK serves to repair vision for those with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. As one of the most frequently and successfully performed surgeries in America, LASIK is a safe and suitable option for many patients. To learn more about if you are a good candidate for LASIK, visit our website at WEBSITE for a list of qualifications and to learn more about LASIK and other laser eye surgery options. 

To better understand the terms used to make up the word LASIK, let’s define each letter of the word. The word laser is also an acronym; it stands for light amplification by stimulated emission. During the procedure, the eye surgeon uses an excimer laser to fix refractive errors. With each pulse of the laser beam, a microscopic amount of corneal tissue is removed. Assisted refers to the fact that the surgeon relies on the assistance of the laser for accuracy and precision to sculpt the cornea. While the laser is programmed to correct vision deficits, it is still merely assisting the surgeon who had created the cornea flap and is ultimately responsible for the result. Successful LASIK outcomes are equal parts of technology and selecting the right eye surgeon. In-situ is a Latin term that means “in its original position or place,”, kerato is a Greek term that means cornea, and mileusis means to carve or shape. Letter by letter, LASIK represents laser technology that assists the surgeon after the flap is created while holding the eye in place to reshape the cornea. 

LASIK is an outpatient procedure that is complete in under 30 minutes with a high patient satisfaction rate of over 96%. The cornea is the first part of the eye to receive light to bring images into focus. When the cornea is misshapen, vision is blurred or distorted. If you are reading to be rid of prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses and want to learn more about how LASIK surgery can be beneficial for you, contact Great Plains Eye Specialistsby calling 605-718-5123 to book your eye exam. The quality of your eyesight is important to us and we look forward to how we can best serve you with personalized care, affordability, skilled board-certified surgeons, and the latest LASIK technology.