An acronym meaning "LASER In situ KERATOMILEUSIS". It is a method of correcting the eye to decrease dependence on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK uses a combination of sophisticated microsurgery and a laser to reshape the cornea. Reshaping the cornea alters the focusing power of the eye allowing the subject to become less dependent on glasses or contact lenses. It differs from standard laser surgery (PRK) in the rate of restoration of vision, which tends to be more rapid; it is painless; and fine-tuning of vision can be done earlier. There is also a larger range of correction available.
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