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LASIK Laser Eye Surgery

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LASIK is eye surgery done with a laser to help you see better. The laser makes tiny cuts that change the shape of the clear cover over the eye, the cornea. If done right, it can reduce a person's need for glasses or contact lenses.

Most patients are very pleased with the results. But there are risks, as with all surgery.

Is LASIK right for me?

Things to think about ...

Things Your Doctor Must Look for Before Surgery

Your doctor needs to find out if you have any of these conditions:

If You Choose LASIK

Before surgery:

After surgery:

To Report a Problem

The FDA controls the sale of the lasers used for LASIK. If you have a problem with LASIK eye surgery, first speak with your doctor. Then report the problem to FDA's MedWatch program at 1-800-332-1088. Or visit and click on "MedWatch" (Medical Product Reporting/Safety Information.)

Finding the Right Doctor is Very Important

Ask these questions before choosing a doctor:

Experience: How many LASIK eye surgeries has this doctor done with the same laser?

Equipment: Does this doctor use an FDA-approved laser?

Information: Does this doctor take the time to answer all your questions? Do you feel at ease giving and getting information with this doctor?

To Learn More

Call the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health web site at 1-888-463-6332.
Or visit

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Office of Women's Health
October 2003

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