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- What are the possible risks?
- Like with every surgical procedure, there are some risks with Lasik as well. However, since the time Lasik was launched 20 years back, no case has ever been reported which lead to loss of vision. Prompt medical attention can effectively treat any complication or side effect that might arise after the procedure. Throughout the recovery period, patient must take every care and practice caution so as to avoid bacterial contamination or physical injury to the eyes.
- How soon will I be able to see after the surgery?
- Immediately after the surgery, you will experience dramatic improvement in the quality of vision. Your vision will continue to improve everyday after the surgery and in 4 to 6 months will stabilize completely. The healing process of Lasik is extremely fast and there is no residual side effect.
- Which Lasik procedure should I choose? What is the difference between normal Lasik and thin flap Lasik?
- Thin flap Lasik is a new technology specially designed for people who have thin corneas. The corneal flap created by this method is very thin and so ideal for patients whose corneal thickness is less. Thin flap Lasik offers better outcome in terms of reduced side effects and improved corneal strength. Although thin flap Lasik is fast replacing traditional Lasik procedure, some people still opt for traditional Lasik because of slightly increased cost of the procedure. However in people who are unfit for traditional Lasik surgery, Thin Flap Lasik may be the hope to get rid of glasses permanently
- What precautions must I take before Lasik?
- Users of contact lenses must stop wearing them 2 weeks before the first examination or consultation. This is because contact lens can alter the shape of the cornea and this leads to inaccurate measurements. Although this change in shape is temporary and small, it can still lead to wrong measurements. Make up, perfumes and hair care products are to be avoided on the day of the surgery. In fact, you must refrain from using any kind of eye make up for 2 months after the procedure. It is best of you do not drive the car on the same day after the surgery.
- What is the accuracy of Lasik?
- Lasik is a computer guided system and so is very accurate in its working. A number of factors determine how accurate the final correction will be and these factors differ with different individuals. A comprehensive ophthalmologic examination before the procedure will establish whether or not you will need glasses after the procedure. With newer and improved Lasik machines, the accuracy and precision of the final outcome has increased many folds
- How much time does it take to complete Lasik?
- You will be out of the procedure room within 10 minutes after the surgery begins. The Laser correction itself takes about 20-40 seconds based upon the level of correction and the amount of tissue to be removed from the cornea. You will be able to see without glasses immediately after the surgery. Your doctor will ask you to wait at the center for 1- 1½ hour after the surgery to make sure you are all right. You can resume your regular activities by next day itself though you must take care not to stress your eyes.
- How long does Lasik last? Is it permanent?
- Lasik surgery re shape cornea so as to change the curvature of the cornea and bring about correction of the refractive error. Lasik procedure is a permanent cure and once modified, the curvature of the cornea stays so for a very long time. This is the most common question asked by most of Lasik Surgery seekers - the eye power removed by Lasik should last for the rest of your life. As per medical documentation & research, it shows that once the cornea layer modified or resphaped by Lasik Laser, it tends to stay modified permanently. Therefore, LASIK lasts a very long time. In few rare instances there are cases of regression, which may be corrected with further surgery, but the vast majority of corrected eyes continue to stay in their state of improved focus. The FDA recognizes LASIK as proven, safe & effective surgery for Glasses removal. LASIK has been approved for use by pilots in the Navy, Air Force and NASA. Current Lasik Technology available at Delhi is one of the finest, safe & most reliable FDA approved technology for glasses removal
Lasik is FDA approved safe, efficient and permanent cure to treat shortsightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism. Even Navy, Air force and NASA treat Lasik as a standard treatment for its pilots.
- How painful is Lasik surgery?
- Lasik is a virtually painless procedure and there is absolutely no reason to worry about it. Before the procedure, your surgeon will instill anesthetic eye drops to anesthetize the whole eye and only then will they bring in the laser machine. During the procedure you feel no pain at all and the whole procedure is wrapped up in less than 20 minutes. Patients barely experience any post surgical pain and for those who do, a simple painkiller alleviates the symptoms. Whatever little discomfort you might feel after the surgery is resolved easily by taking rest and using ‘artificial tears’ and antibiotic eye drops.
- How safe is Lasik?
- Lasik is one of the safest and most effective treatment option for patients of hyperopia, myopia and astigmatism. The new and advanced Lasik machines help to customize the treatment according to each different individual requirement and in the process greatly decrease the chances of any complications or side effects. Careful screening at the hands of an expert Lasik surgeon eliminates the chances of developing any unforeseen complication. All in all, it can be safely concluded that Lasik Laser surgery for eyes is a safe and reliable treatment option.
- Am I too old for Lasik?
- As defined by the FDA, the minimum age for Lasik is 18 years. Old people too can be successfully treated with Lasik provided they do not have any co-existing eye disease like cataract or glaucoma. As long as you have healthy eyes and a stable vision for last 1 year, you can be treated with Lasik for myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism
- Am I eligible for Lasik?
- Candidate screening to determine the feasibility of the procedure is a very important step for a successful Lasik surgery. On your first appointment with the Lasik surgeon, you case will be thoroughly examined and based on your results, your surgeon will either advice for or against Lasik. Lasik surgeons all over the world adhere to the International Guidelines for Lasik when selecting patients for the procedure. While many patients who were previously considered unfit for surgery with traditional Lasik can now be treated with advanced Lasik machines, there are still some who are not suitable for surgery.
The minimum requirement for a successful screening procedure is:
• Minimum age of 18 years
• Stable vision for at-least last 1 year
• Healthy eyes other than the error of refraction
• Good general health
- How exactly does Lasik work?
- Lasik is an acronym for Laser Assisted in-situ keratomileusis. This laser assisted surgical procedure is performed to correct various disorders of vision, including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. The idea behind Lasik is to re-shape the curvature of the cornea in such a way so as to enable the light beam entering the eye to converge precisely on the retina and in the process produce a clear sharp image.
Based on the kind of Lasik used, your surgeon will start the procedure by making a corneal flap, either using a Microkeratome or a Femtosecond Laser. The next step is practically the same in all Lasik procedures. An excimer laser is placed over the eyes and centered carefully. The computer operated laser system starts removing away precise, predetermined amount of corneal tissue so that the curvature of the cornea gets gradually altered. In under 20minutes, the cornea is reshaped for both the eyes, corneal flap is put back in place and the procedure is completed.
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