Conditions Treated By LASIK: A Comprehensive Guide

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Key Takeaways

LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is more than just a cutting-edge refractive procedure; it's a beacon of hope for millions who dream of clear, visual freedom. Here at San Antonio Eye Specialists, we often encounter questions about which visual impairments LASIK can address. In this guide, we discuss the primary conditions that LASIK can correct, helping you understand if it may be the right solution for you.

Understanding LASIK

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery. In simpler terms, it corrects vision by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, ensuring that light entering the eye is properly focused onto the retina, leading to clearer vision.

The Primary Conditions Treated by LASIK

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Characterized by a pronounced clarity in viewing nearby objects contrasted by a blurry perception of distant ones, myopia results either from an elongated eye or an excessively curved cornea. In addressing this, LASIK employs lasers to slightly flatten the cornea, thus correcting the way light is focused onto the retina.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

The converse of myopia, hyperopia offers clearer vision of distant objects at the expense of a blurry near vision, often stemming from a short eye or a flattened cornea. Through LASIK, the cornea's flat profile is steepened, ensuring that incoming light converges directly onto, rather than behind, the retina.


Manifesting as a blurred or somewhat distorted vision irrespective of distance, astigmatism arises from an uneven corneal or lenticular shape. LASIK addresses this by rectifying the cornea's irregular curvature, thereby reinstating balanced vision, with less distortion.


A naturally occurring, age-related eye condition, presbyopia complicates near-vision tasks such as reading. As the eye's internal lens loses its youthful elasticity, focusing on nearby objects becomes a challenge. One LASIK-based approach, termed monovision, treats one eye for proximity and the other for distance, offering a blended visual solution, though it may necessitate an adaptation period.

Is LASIK Viable for Me?

While LASIK is effective for many, it's not suitable for everyone. Factors like corneal thickness, eye health, age, and the degree of refractive error can influence your eligibility. It's vital to have a comprehensive eye exam and consultation to determine if LASIK or another refractive surgery is your path to clearer vision. Learn whether or not you are a LASIK candidate here

LASIK At  San Antonio Eye Specialists

At San Antonio Eye Specialists, our commitment is to provide honest, personalized care and guidance. Our team of experienced skilled professionals is here to answer all your questions and help you navigate your visual journey. If you've ever wondered about LASIK and your candidacy for the procedure,  we invite you to schedule a complimentary assessment with our fellowship-trained refractive surgeons and explore the possibilities.

Ready for life-changing visual freedom? Schedule a FREE LASIK Consultation with San Antonio Eye Specialists today. For your eyes… don’t compromise! 

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