13 07 lasikDescription: Laser in-situ keratomileusis is a surgical procedure developed 15 years ago that allows a doctor to correct common vision problems, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.

How it's done: A thin corneal flap is created using a femtosecond laser. This flap is then lifted and the excimer laser is applied, reshaping the cornea to eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

Complications: Serious complications, which are extremely rare, include infection or excessive thinning of the cornea.

Recovery: You should be able to drive the next day. Eye drops are used for about one week.

Cost: $2,500 to $3,000/eye.