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FAQ - LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Eye surgery ( laser in-situ keratomileusis) is a vision correction surgery for people who have myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

FAQ - LASIK Eye Surgery

Q1. What is LASIK Eye surgery?

Ans. LASIK Eye surgery ( laser in-situ keratomileusis) is a vision correction surgery for people who have myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. It's main goal is to reshape the cornea so that it can focus images onto the retina, allowing you to see in a better way without glasses

Q2. How is LASIK surgery performed?

Ans. During the LASIK surgery, a specially trained eye medical professional first creates a  thin hinged corneal flap by the usage of a microkeratome or laser. The health practitioner then pulls back the flap to reveal the underlying corneal tissue, and then the excimer laser reshapes the cornea in a customized pre-specified pattern for each person.

Q3. How much time is required to perform a LASIK surgery?

Ans. The actual procedure normally takes much less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the quantity of correction wanted.  To correct your vision, the laser  only takes 5-30 seconds. However, you should be at the clinic for 2 hours on the day of surgery.

Q4. Is LASIK painful?

Ans. Fortunately, LASIK eye surgical operation is not painful. Before going for the surgery, your health care professional will put numbing eye drops into both of your eyes. While you may still feel a little bit of strain at some point of the procedure, you will not experience any pain.  After your surgical treatment, it is usual to sense a mild itching or burning sensation for your eyes, however it must go away quickly.

Q5. Who requires LASIK eye surgery?

Ans. People who have been detected with the refractive eye error can undergo LASIK surgery. Conditions include:

-Person should be 18 years or above

-Should have a prescription that has not changed significantly from past 12 months.

-Should not have any severe illness like diabetes

Q6. What is the cost of LASIK eye surgery?

Ans. The cost of the surgery may be affected by the complexity your refractive error.  You can expect to pay between Rs 35000 to Rs 1.25 lakh approximately for the both eyes.

Q7. How long will the impact of LASIK surgery last?

Ans. In maximum cases, the treatment effect of laser vision correction is everlasting, especially in case your eyeglass prescription was stable before treatment. If there is something in your genetics that says your prescription will change in the future, having surgery now will no longer prevent that from going on. In our experience, a alternate like that is not common. If necessary though, you will be capable of being re-treated many years later.

Q8. How soon after the surgery will I be able to see?

Ans. Visual recovery varies from one day to atleast one week. The majority of sufferers resume everyday activities one to 2 days following surgery however it may take 1 to two months for your vision to completely stabilize. Although everyone is little exceptional, the great majority of our LASIK sufferers acquire legal driving vision or better, the very next day. That is one of the best advantages of the LASIK surgery. Initially, your vision won't be crisp on the first day. This is normal and should improve progressively each day.

Q9. What are the side effects of LASIK surgery?

Ans. There are various visual phenomenon experienced by patients but it reduces and disappears with time. These include- light senstivity, Itchy & scratchy eyes, slight discomfort, dry eyes, Halos and vision fluctuations. The majority of patients who are good candidates for remedy have a problem-free experience. Before thinking about surgical procedure, doctors carefully evaluate every affected person to understand whether or not you are a good candidate.

Q10. Is LASIK a safe surgery for everyone?

Ans. LASIK is generally considered as effective and safe procedure with less risks. The complication rate is less than 1% and the success rate is high. It is important to note that though this surgery is quick and safe but it is not meant for everyone.

Dr. Prashaant Chaudhry
Senior Consultant & HOD
Ophthalmology and refractive surgery

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