Are you a candidate for LASIK?
Generally, a candidate is over 18 years old and has healthy corneas. Candidates must not have had a significant increase in their prescription in the last 12 months.
The criteria that surgeons use to determine eligibility vary. The following set of questions is designed to alert patients to conditions that surgeons will evaluate on a case-by case basis. Click here to check your eligibility.
What can you expect from LASIK?
The primary goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on visual aids.
Can LASIK cure reading glasses too?
A method known as Monovision whereby one eye is left slightly myopic and the other corrected for distance, allows people to perform most functions including reading and long distance viewing with great success.
Will I have perfect vision after surgery? Will I still need my glasses?
Every patient’s vision improves after LASIK, though to differing degrees depending upon the initial spectacle or contact lens correction.. Patients with high initial correction may require reading glasses or a thin pair of glasses for activities such as night driving. We urge you to look at LASIK not as an alternative to perfect eyesight, but as a procedure that reduces your dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
What are the long term effects of the LASIK procedure?
The Excimer laser procedure has been prevalent in many countries worldwide since the early 1980s. Many clinical studies conducted to study the long term effects of this procedure have come up with the same conclusion – that there are no long term effects on the integrity of the eye.
Can I go blind?
LASIK is the second most frequently performed surgery in the entire field of medicine since 2000, having been performed on more than 17 million patients worldwide. With adequate care, right equipment and trained personnel chances of serious complication is extremely remote.
Is the procedure painful?
Not at all. Post-operatively, you may feel a slight grittiness in the eyes, which may last a few hours.
When can I get back to work?
Usually, you can be back at your desk, performing your routine tasks, the very next day.
Are there any side effects?
Your vision may fluctuate for a few days after surgery. You may notice some glare around lights at night. Your vision in the evening will not be as sharp as your vision during the day. These are temporary and usually pass off with time.
How long does the effect of LASIK last?
The effect is permanent.
Are all laser procedures the same?
There are two laser procedures used to correct refractive errors – PRK and LASIK. These procedures differ vastly, though. In PRK, the procedure is done over the surface of the cornea. In LASIK, surgery is performed under the protection of a flap of corneal tissue, which has tremendous advantages in patient comfort, predictability and safety.
What are the powers it can correct?
Myopia : minus 1 to minus 15 diopters.
Hyperopia : plus 1 to plus 6 diopters.
Astigmatism : upto 6 diopters.
Advantages of LASIK
- No injection
- No elaborate surgery
- Totally an out patient procedure
- Treatment over within 10 minutes
- Normal activities can be resumed the next day
- Permanent, once in life time treatment
- Both eyes treated at the same time
What happens when I come to the hospital for a checkup?
During your visit to our hospital, you will first be taken through a routine checkup of your refraction by a team of qualified optometrists. This will be followed by a corneal topography and the dilatation of your pupils for a detailed retinal exam by a consultant. Detection of retinal degenerations or breaks may require immediate prophylactic treatment of these. If the retinal exam is normal or following the prophylactic laser treatment, you can discuss your treatment options with a consultant and decide on a surgery date convenient to you. Following dilatation, it may be difficult to read or drive for several hours after the visit. You may wish to bring sunglasses and/or a driver for your vehicle.