LASIK Surgery

1What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK surgery provides permanent alternative to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery is a vision correcting refractive procedure for the correction of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hypermetropia) and cylindrical number (astigmatism) by reshaping of cornea with computer controlled precision in order to improve visual acuity.
2What is the right age to have LASIK?
Patient’s age should be 19 years onward. In most of the cases the refraction stables at this age.
3How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
You will be eligible only if you satisfy the following conditions: 1. Age More than 19 years 2. Myopia -1.00D to -15.00D 3. Hypermetropia +1.00D to +6.00D 4. Astigmatism +/-1.00D to +/- 6.00D 5. No change in prescription power for 6 months 6. Corneal thickness & curvature should be appropriate.
4Examinations required prior to LASIK surgery?
a) Slit lamp examination b) Tonometry c) Autoref examination d) Cycloplegic examination e) Corneal Topography f) Corneal OCT g) Pentacam-HR h) Fundoscopy i) Abberometry j) Pupilometry
5Why it is important to have a mapping of cornea?
An irregular shape or less thickness of the cornea can be only determined by computerized Topography and Pentacam-HR which suggest structural weakness of cornea by mapping more than 20,000 data points. In such situation LASIK is not recommended.
6Time required for LASIK procedure?
Our Alcon Wavelight EX-500 is World’s fastest excimer laser which removes 1Dioptre of number in 1.4seconds. It means if you are having -5.0 Dioptre, it can be removed within 7 seconds. Total procedure takes around 8-10 minutes.
7Can astigmatism be corrected with LASIK?
Yes, in addition to near sightedness and far sightedness, astigmatism can be treated. If you have astigmatism, it means that your eye has a curvature like a Rugby Ball rather than a Basketball. The laser will typically flatten or steepen one meridian to improve the shape of the cornea and enhance vision.
8How accurate is LASIK?
Based on clinical data from the FDA, LASIK is almost very accurate. Even with our advanced Alcon Wavelight EX-500 technology and experience, some patients may need to have a retreatment to achieve their best uncorrected vision but chances are very less.
9Is the laser procedure painful?
No. The laser procedure itself is virtually painless. A slight pressure may be felt for few seconds during the procedure. You will be aware of the laser sounds while you watch a red flashing light.
10What type of anesthesia is used for the surgery?
Only the local anesthetic eye drops are used for painless surgery whose effect lasts for few minutes.Don’t worry, no injections or intravenous drugs are used.
11What happens if I can’t keep my eye steady during the surgery?
Our Alcon Wavelight EX-500 is sophisticated excimer laser system which has an eye-tracking device.Even on slight moment of your eye this device will rapidly follow your eye moment during the surgery and continues to deliver its laser.
12What is the recovery time after the surgery and what can I expect?
LASIK surgery has the surprisingly fast recovery time. Within just 8-10 hours after surgery you will see 70-80% improvement. Following the first day, your vision will improve towards nearly 90-100% over the next week. Most people are able to return to their normal activities within 1-2 days.
13Is there a guarantee that I will not have to wear glasses or contact lenses?
There are no guarantees in any part of medicine. But as a general rule, people who have the LASIK procedure done will have a 90% chance of success for 6/6 vision or better (good enough to drive) without glasses. As a rule, the higher degree of correction, the less of a chance that you will have 6/6 uncorrected but 6/9 is nearly always attainable.
14Will I need reading glasses after surgery?
Generally, patients under 40 years of age read well without glasses following surgery. Patients over 40 may need magnification for reading fine print.
15How many times do I need to be seen following surgery?
Usually one day, one week, one month and 3 months.
16Is the procedure safe?
Yes. Hundreds and thousands of people have had laser vision correction done with less than 1% chance of complications. But the Latest Opti-LASIK procedure, SBK (Sub Bowman Keratomileusis) microkeratome and Pentacam HR have made this procedure more safe and predictable today.
17Yes. Hundreds and thousands of people have had laser vision correction done with less than 1% chance of complications. But the Latest Opti-LASIK procedure, SBK (Sub Bowman Keratomileusis) microkeratome and Pentacam HR have made this procedure more safe and predictable today.
a. Over or under correction. b. Flap related complications like displacement or folds of flap c. Glare and Haloes d. Dryness They all are treatable and correctable by appropriate treatment.
18What is the worst possible complication from the surgery?
Amongst rarest, the worst possible complications of LASIK are a serious infection which could lead to a scarring of the cornea or possibly even diminishing the vision. It can usually be controlled with topical antibiotics resulting in little or no loss of vision.
19Is my doctor accessible?
Yes, We at Eye Care LASIK Centre take pride in ourselves as being accessible to our patients. From the initial consult through to the post-op appointments, you will see Dr Shashank Rathod and his team of associated doctors.
20Why to choose Eye Care Lasik Centre?
• Experience you can trust • Technology you can rely • Your eyes deserves the best