Laser Assisted in
situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a refractive eye surgery carried out
to correct myopia (short sight), hyperopia and astigmatism. Many individuals
get LASIK done to avoid
wearing contact lens or eyeglasses.
A person should be over 18 years and
have a stable correction for at least one to two years to qualify for Lasik
It is more popular
than other techniques because the patient feels less pain and the
recovery time is low. Many who receive the treatment describe it as
'magic', as it only takes 15 minutes to perform the procedure in both the eyes
and within two hours the vision is restored to normal.
People who are
wearing soft contact lenses are advised to stop wearing them at least 5-7 days
before the surgery. The cornea
of the patient is given a detailed
examination before surgery to detect any irregularities. This gives the surgeon
a clue as to the amount of corneal tissue that needs to be removed and the
location where it needs to be done.
The surgery is
carried out in 3 steps
. First a flap is created with the corneal tissue,
then the cornea beneath the flap is remodelled and finally, the flap is placed
back in position.
administered to prevent infections.
include dry eyes, over or undercorrection and light sensitivity.
Several studies have indicated that LASIK
is a boon
to people with refractory errors . 98% of the patients
who undergo the surgery are satisfied with it.
The success of Lasik is so high that it is
no longer reasonable to wear 'add-ons' like contact lenses or thick
glasses. Get a LASIK done and throw away your glasses-forever!
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