Around 10 million Americans have had LASIK surgery since it was first approved by the FDA in 1999. Around 700,000 LASIK surgeries are done each year. This is growing at a rate of 100,000 more per year.
It remains one of the most popular elective surgeries in the country, and its satisfaction rating among patients who’ve had the procedure is remarkably high.*
LASIK surgery is a common surgical procedure that permanently corrects refractive errors. Those who are sick of their glasses and contact lenses typically seek out LASIK surgery as an alternative. When a person has a refractive error, it means that their eye can be corrected. Irregular cornea shape means that light cannot refract properly onto the retina, resulting in blurry vision. LASIK surgery aims to reshape the cornea to allow proper light refraction.
* American Association of Ophthalmology