Common Vision Problems

Certain eye conditions, such as nearsightedness and astigmatism, can affect your vision from birth. Glasses and contact lenses can often be used to manage these problems, but all the hardware and maintenance necessary can be inconvenient and expensive over the years.

Correcting Your Vision

LASIK is a form of laser vision correction that utilizes a laser beam to reshape your cornea, making it a more ideal shape for focusing light. Over 16 million people worldwide have had LASIK surgery.1 Although individual results may vary, the majority of patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after laser vision correction.2 This is good enough to perform most daily activities without corrective lenses.

  1. Solmon K, Fernandez de Castro L, Sandoval H, et al. LASIK World Literature Review. Quality of life and patient satisfaction. American Academy of Ophthalmology 2009; 691-701.
  2. Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data. P020050S004b.

Find an Eye Surgeon

WaveLight, Alcon

The Answers to All Your Questions

Get the resource with everything you need to know about LASIK.

Download iBook


  • Dr. Brint

    "Custom LASIK means delivering what the patient needs."

    - Dr. Brint serves as a paid consultant to Alcon.

  • Chelsea Chipman

    "It’s a new world when you can see."

    - Chelsea Chipman LASIK patient

  • Jared Richardson

    "It’s been the best thing I’ve ever done."

    - Jared Richardson
    LASIK patient

Important Information About the WaveLight® Excimer Lasers

WaveLight® Excimer Lasers are prescription medical devices that are approved for use in performing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) to correct certain kinds of nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Only doctors who have been trained in laser refractive surgery (including laser calibration and operation) should use an WaveLight® Excimer Laser.

You should not undergo LASIK surgery if you are pregnant or nursing; if you have a collagen vascular, autoimmune or immunodeficiency disease; if you show signs of keratoconus or any other condition that causes a thinning of your cornea; or if you are taking isotretinoin (Accutane*) or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone*). The most common risks of LASIK vision correction surgery with refractive lasers include dry eye syndrome; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision; and loss of vision.

Talk to your doctor and review the appropriate WaveLight® Excimer Laser Patient Information Booklet for your condition to learn more about the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery. For further information, please refer to the additional Important Product Information on this site, or FDA’s web page on LASIK surgery.

* Trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Looking for information on cataracts? Click Here