LASIK Eye Surgery / Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that provides a long-term solution to eyesight problems like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism by reshaping a patient’s cornea.
Most commonly known as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, LASIK improves one’s vision by reshaping a patient’s cornea through a femtosecond laser or a miscrokeratome (surgical tool with a blade).
Depending on your condition, LASIK surgery will reshape your cornea in different ways. It flattens the cornea (for myopia), steepens it (for hyperopia) or smoothens an irregular cornea (for astigmatism).
Basically, a hinged flap of tissue is cut off the surface of the cornea with a knife. Small blood vessels in the eyes may burst at this stage, but it is a harmless side-effect that clears within weeks.
Next, the flap is folded back to reveal the stroma and an Excimer laser is used to vaporize the tissue – there is no actual cutting or burning with heat.
The flap is then replaced, which immediately sticks to the eyeball, and checked for air bubbles and fine debris. A perforated metal or plastic sheet is then placed over the eye to protect the flap.
Sound scary? In truth, it’s a quick and painless surgery, lasting between 10 and 15 minutes for each eye. No stitches or bandages, only topical anesthetic drops and voila! Your vision becomes instantly sharper. You may, however, experience a stinging sensation when the anesthetic wears off. Even if it’s not 20/20 vision, you can now live without those uncomfortable glasses or troublesome contact lenses.
Your vision might stabilize within days—or weeks—depending on individual but most will be able to resume their normal activities the following day.
Patients may be given a course of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops, and a pair of darkened shields to protect from bright lights and dry eyes.
There should be 3 to 4 follow-up consultations with the surgeon post-operation, as enhancements may be necessary in the event of undercorrection or overcorrection.
The key to a successful LASIK surgery lies in well-trained and experienced ophthalmologists. It’s easy to get free consultations that enable you to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery.
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