LASIK has become a viable opportunity for everyday people to correct their vision, enhance their quality of life and reduce or eliminate a lifetime’s dependence on corrective lenses.

The procedure allows people from all walks of life to turn their dreams of clear vision into a reality in just a few, short minutes.

An estimated 600,000 LASIK surgeries are performed each year in the U.S. alone for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a procedure that uses a special technology to permanently change the shape of the cornea, which is the clear covering of the front of the eye.

During the procedure, there is a precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by this special laser, which reshapes the cornea, changing its focusing power and correcting specific vision problems.

New and recent advances in technology have made LASIK even more powerful in its ability to provide a wide range of vision correction.

For example, All Laser LASIK is a life-changing, in-house procedure that only takes 5 to 7 minutes per eye.

Following an initial healing period of two to three months, the results of the procedure last a lifetime.

Not only are people able to rid themselves of glasses and contacts, they have a crisper, sharper vision than ever experienced before.

How do you know if LASIK is right for you?

Patients should be age 18 and older and have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars and any eye disease. The best LASIK candidates are people with a lifestyle or occupation in which they are dissatisfied with their contact lenses or glasses.

For so many people, LASIK offers a long-term and cost-effective solution to correcting vision problems. When compared with eyeglasses and contact lenses, LASIK is a much more practical solution.

If you are considering LASIK, be sure to consult with an experienced LASIK surgeon before you make any final decisions. The skill of your LASIK surgeon is crucial to a successful outcome, and ensuring that you can get everything you need from the procedure.

When performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, LASIK is one of the safest surgical procedures available and has the potential to make a tremendously positive effect on a person’s life.

An initial consultation is the first step to determining if this procedure is right for you and enables you the possibility of seeing the world in a fresh, new way.

Kenneth D. Farr, MD, founder and medical director of the SunGate Medical Group, is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.