For nearly seven years, LASIK eye surgery has helped us see clearly without contact lenses or glasses.
But what changes has LASIK seen over the years.
Chad Blackman says his life got easier, when he decided to have LASIK eye surgery.
Chad says, "You don't have to worry about getting your contacts dirty or taking your contacts out or your glasses fogging up, just simple things."
In LASIK, doctors use a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea to improve your vision. And the surgery has improved as well.
LASIK surgeon Dr. Bruce Grene says, "The most significant difference is that we have completely different surgical instrumentation."
Better equipment, better choice of patients, better knowledge than during the LASIK boom.
Grene says, "It was sort of LASIK is perfect for everybody and of course that's not the case and I think now we have a more realistic view what it's limitations are."
Limitations Carolyn Dotson wishes she'd seen coming before he LASIK.
Carolyn says, "When I'm coming up on a stoplight and I see the light, I can see the light but underneath it I see about half of another light."
Problems like these are why the Federal Trade Commission recently issued a consumer alert about LASIK.
Hundreds of thousands of patients have had the procedure, most very successfully. But as with any surgery, there are risks and possible complications. Now, you can see them clearly.
Both the FTC and the FDA have web sites with valuable information on LASIK. To find out if you're a good candidate, click on the "KAKE News Links" icon on the homepage of this website.