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In the ever-evolving world of medical technology, LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery stands out as a revolutionary procedure that has transformed the lives of millions by providing a clearer, spectacle-free vision. This blog post aims to demystify the LASIK procedure, shedding light on its intricacies, benefits, and considerations.

What is Laser Vision Correction?

Auckland Eye doctors explain laser vision correction

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK is a refractive surgery technique designed to correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The procedure involves reshaping the cornea, the transparent front part of the eye, using a laser to improve the way light rays are focused onto the retina.

Key Components of LASIK Surgery

  1. Pre-operative Evaluation: Before undergoing LASIK, a comprehensive eye examination is conducted to assess the patient’s overall eye health, corneal thickness, and prescription requirements.
  2. Creation of the Corneal Flap: The first step of LASIK involves creating a thin corneal flap. This can be done using a microkeratome, which is a mechanical surgical device, or a femtosecond laser, which uses ultra-fast laser pulses to create the flap.
  3. Laser Reshaping of the Cornea: Once the corneal flap is created, an excimer laser is used to precisely reshape the cornea based on the patient’s prescription. The laser removes microscopic amounts of tissue, altering the cornea’s curvature to improve vision.
  4. Corneal Flap Repositioning: After the corneal reshaping is complete, the surgeon carefully repositions the corneal flap, allowing it to naturally adhere without the need for stitches.
  5. Post-operative Recovery: Patients may experience improved vision almost immediately after the surgery, with the full benefits becoming apparent over a few days to weeks. Follow-up visits are essential to monitor progress and address any concerns.

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

  • Quick Recovery: LASIK boasts a swift recovery period, with many patients returning to their normal activities within a day or two.
  • Reduced Dependence on Glasses and Contact Lenses: The primary goal of LASIK is to reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyewear, providing greater convenience and freedom for individuals with refractive errors.
  • High Success Rates: LASIK has proven to be highly successful, with the majority of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better following the procedure.

Considerations and Candidacy

While LASIK offers numerous benefits, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Factors such as age, overall eye health, and stable vision prescription are crucial considerations. It is essential for individuals considering LASIK to undergo a thorough evaluation by an experienced eye surgeon to determine candidacy.

Cost and finance

  • Laser eye surgery prices:
  • Initial technical assessment: FREE
  • Initial surgeon assessment: FREE
  • LASIK surgery: $3,200 per eye; $6,400 both eyes


LASIK eye surgery has emerged as a transformative solution for those seeking freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Our team of experienced eye care professionals can guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and help determine if LASIK is the right solution for you.

Take the first step towards clearer vision by booking your free laser eye assessment today.

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