LASIK is corrective surgery to a very delicate part of the eye. Millions of people have LASIK surgery to correct their vision and to get rid of glasses.
If you are exhausted of glasses or contact lenses, you can go for Lasik surgery to correct your vision. In a LASIK procedure, a laser will be used to reshape your cornea — the clear, round dome at the front of your eye — to improve the way your eye focuses light rays onto your retina. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.
You should know some facts before you make a mind for this surgery; here are a few things to think about:
- LASIK is surgery to a very delicate part of your eye, and cannot be reversed.
- As with any surgery, there are risks and possible complications.
- Millions of people have had LASIK, many very successfully, but it’s not for everyone.
- Even with LASIK to correct your distance vision, you are likely to need reading glasses in your mid-40s. LASIK surgery cannot correct or prevent presbyopia, the age-related loss of focusing power for seeing near objects.
- If you are nearsighted and don’t yet need reading glasses, having LASIK may mean you will need reading glasses earlier than if you had not had the surgery.
- The benefits of the LASIK procedure may diminish over time. More than 10 percent of LASIK patients in the U.S. require a second surgery, called “retreatment,” to restore the desired vision correction. This is more likely for people who were more nearsighted or farsighted, or had higher astigmatism before LASIK.
- Most insurance plans don’t cover the surgery.
Understanding Your Eyes
Your eye works the same as a camera does. When you look at any object, light reflected from the object enters the eyes through the pupil and is focused through the optical components within the eye. The front of the eye is made up of the cornea, iris, pupil and lens, and they focus the image onto the retina. If the light rays don’t focus on the retina, the image will seem blurry to you. This is called a refractive error. Glasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery try to reduce these errors by making light rays focus on the retina.
Lets discuss that If you are an eligible candidate for LASIK?
- You should be at least 18 years old
- You shouldn’t be pregnant or nursing
- You shouldn’t be taking certain prescription drugs, like Accutane or oral prednisone.
- Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable
- Your should own a good general health
- A history of “dry eye” could also matter
What to Expect Before, During, and After Surgery
- Before The Surgery
You’ll need a complete eye examination by your refractive surgeon. A preliminary eye exam will be performed. Take your eye prescription records with you to the exams. If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them before your baseline evaluation (soft contact lenses — two weeks; toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses — three weeks; hard lenses — four weeks). Contacts can temporarily change the shape of the cornea and compromise precise measurements in the pre-op exam.
- During The Surgery
LASIK being an outpatient surgical procedure the only anesthetic is an eye drop that numbs the surface of the eye. The surgery takes 10 to 15 minutes for each eye. Sometimes, both eyes are done during the same procedure; but sometimes, surgeons wait for some days and weeks to see the result on one eye before doing surgery on the other.
The Surgical Procedure: The eye is moistened. A suction ring is positioned to keep the eye from moving and the cornea in the correct position. A special device cuts a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue off the outer layer of the eyeball (cornea) and the flap is lifted out of the way. The laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue, and the surgeon replaces the flap, which quickly adheres to the eyeball. There are no stitches. A shield — either clears plastic or perforated metal — is placed over the eye to protect the flap.
- After The Surgery
Healing is relatively fast, but you may want to take a few days off from work after the surgery.
- You may experience a mild burning or sensation for a few hours after surgery. Don’t rub your eyes. Your doctor can prescribe a painkiller, if you need one, to ease any discomfort.
- Your vision probably will be blurry the day of surgery, but it should improve considerably by the next day when you return for a follow-up exam
- You should report aggravating or unusual side effects to your doctor immediately.
- Don’t drive until your vision has improved enough to do so safely.
- Avoid swimming and hot tubs etc. for two weeks after having the surgery.
Say goodbye to glasses and see without contact lenses and glasses for lifetime. Let’s talk about it more and see how Lasik will work for you. Book an Appointment