Most people have heard of LASIK, but some may not be familiar with the vision correction procedure called Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA). Both procedures use the same laser to reshape the cornea to reduce nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Both surgeries are widely used today.

During LASIK surgery a laser is used to create a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap is then lifted and laser treatment is performed under the flap to re-shape the cornea. The flap is then replaced back to its original position. With LASIK surgery, you can expect better vision almost immediately with little to no discomfort.

With ASA, the top layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium, is gently removed. The laser treatment is then performed to re-shape the cornea. The surface epithelium grows back over the first few postoperative days. It is normal for your vision to fluctuate over the following few weeks with some mild discomfort or irritation. This should gradually improve each day. A bandage contact lens is placed on the cornea after ASA to help reduce discomfort and is removed at your next post-op appointment in most cases.


The only way to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK is by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation with the team at BoozmanHof. Contact us today or take our free online LASIK Questionnaire as a first step.