The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves LASIK surgery for myopia and astigmatism, which appear to be the two refractive errors it is most effective in correcting. Since the FDA approved the excimer laser used during LASIK, more than 2.6 million people have chosen to undergo the procedure, (Braham 2002, 1). The procedure has restored 20-20 vision in the majority of those undergoing it, at a cost of approximately $2200-$3200 per eye, (Booth 2003).
LASIK offers hope for millions of individuals with refractive errors. Poor vision no longer has to be considered a permanent condition. LASIK offers many advantages. It is an outpatient procedure. A local anesthetic is used to numb the eye. Despite the simplicity and high efficacy rate of the procedure, it does have risks. During the procedure the surgeon must make a cut in the flap of corneal tissue using a scalpel. After the cut is made the excimer laser is used to rid the area of excess tissue. No sutures are needed when the procedure is over, because the natural suction capacity of the eye cements the flap back into place. LASIK surgery offers great hope to restore accurate vision in millions of individuals suffering from refractive errors. However, because of the risks it is not something that should be chosen on a whim. As Ian Williams said about his decision to have LASIK, ˘You wouldnĂt leave a car for someone to fix unless you thou