What is LASIK eye surgery?

Category: Surgeries


LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. It us used to improve vision and reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Shortsightedness 7 3
Astigmatism 4 2
Longsightedness 1 0
Vision problems 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with LASIK eye surgery

Side effect Patients
Dry eyes 2
Eye floaters 1


Currently having LASIK eye surgery

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped having LASIK eye surgery

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 2
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for LASIK eye surgery.