Updated: August 26, 2011

When the vision-correcting surgery LASIK was introduced 13 years ago, nearsighted women around the nation cheered-until experts voiced their concerns about the procedure's long-term effects. But now a new study in the American Journal of Ophthalmology confi rms LASIK is safe and the results are lasting. When researchers tracked 178 patients for a decade, they found only 21 percent required follow-up treatment. "We've developed better technologies over the years to make the procedure more precise, so there are fewer mistakes that lead to side effects like dry eyes or vision halos [rings of light around objects]," explains James Salz, M.D., an eye surgeon in Los Angeles and a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To ensure you get the best outcome, choose a surgeon based on experience, not price. "You don't want to discount-shop when it comes to your eyes," he warns. "Ask your regular ophthalmologist for a referral to an eye surgeon."

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