Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery or LASIK surgery, as it is popularly known, is one such most commonly performed laser refractive surgery to correct vision problems.
LASIK surgery is performed by using a particular type of cutting laser, which changes the shape of the cornea, improving the vision. This procedure is most commonly performed in people with refractive changes in their vision, like nearsightedness and farsightedness. Through this article, we will briefly go through the basics of this procedure and discuss if it is the right choice to make.
When is LASIK eye surgery used?
LASIK surgery proves to be very beneficial mainly in three conditions —
Nearsightedness or myopia in which you can clearly see nearby objects, but distant objects are blurry
Farsightedness or hyperopia in which you can clearly see distant objects but nearby objects are blurry
Astigmatism in which both near and far visions are affected
These three conditions are caused due to refractive changes in the eye and if not very high, can be corrected using glasses or contact lenses. However, the LASIK procedure is considered to be a much better and safe alternative.
The procedure is less time consuming and gets over in about 30 minutes. As it is a minimally invasive procedure, the recovery time period is also quite fast. With regular follow-ups and strictly following your doctor’s advice, you can recover in less than 6 months after the surgery.
Who is eligible for LASIK surgery?
The following criteria must be met for eligibility for LASIK surgery:
If your vision has undergone changes in the last six months to one year (the time frame sometimes varies based on your unique health concerns), then you cannot get LASIK surgery. However, if it is stable, you can get it.
Your immune system plays a key role in helping your eyes heal after the surgery is performed. People who are immunocompromised are often asked not to undergo medical procedures unless they need it.
If you suffer from certain eye conditions such as progressive vision deterioration, keratoconus, ocular infections such as uveitis, keratitis, and herpes simplex, dry eyes, your doctor may advise you against LASIK surgery as these health conditions can cause problems with the outcome.
Is LASIK Surgery Safe?
Now that we have discussed how the LASIK eye procedure can help you with your vision problems, you must have some obvious questions: Is it safe to undergo/do LASIK surgery? Or can LASIK surgery fail?
This procedure is considered fairly safe with minimal risks and complications like any other procedure which could be reduced by adhering well to the post procedure instructions. The most important thing is to get yourself and your eyes checked by a trusted ophthalmologist if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Unstable eye power, Autoimmune disorders, weakened immune system, persistent dry eyes, eye infections, and thin cornea are certain conditions that might disqualify you from LASIK eye surgery.
Why choose Centre for Sight?
Centre for Sight focuses on providing the best eye care using the latest technology and techniques. At Centre for Sight, you will receive the LASIK surgery procedure from one of our top LASIK surgeons. Here at CFS, we aim at giving you maximum assistance right from your first consultation throughout your treatment and thereafter.
Article: LASIK Surgery: All Your Questions Answered!
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Oct 11 2021 | UPDATED 02:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his privatecapacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.