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What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for LASER IN-SITU KERATOMILEUSIS is the newest laser procedure for the correction of visual defects such as Myopia, Hyperopia, and Astigmatism. Shaping the cornea from within, LASIK combines the precision of the Excimer laser with the proven benefits of lamellar keratoplasty (surgery under the protection of a flap of corneal tissue). The majority of people who undergo LASIK are able to pass an international drivers' license test without the use of visual aids.
How old is the treatment?

The first LASIK procedure was done twenty years back. Since then it is the most frequently used procedure for correction of refractive errors. Over a million people have already taken benefit of it, till date.

The LASIK Procedure
Imagine the cornea to be the dome-shaped transparent outermost layer of your eye, much like the glass on your watch. Using the precision and accuracy of the Excimer laser, LASIK changes the shape of the cornea to improve the way rays of light are focused by the eye.

First, a thin layer of the cornea or corneal cap is lifted up and an instrument called the Keratome glides across the cornea. Then, in less than 60 seconds, ultraviolet light and high energy pulses from the Excimer laser reshape the internal cornea with an accuracy of up to 0.25 microns. By computerized adjustments of the laser beam it is possible to treat high levels of shortsightedness and moderate levels of long-sightedness, including high levels of astigmatism.

After the cornea has been reshaped, the flap adheres rapidly, without requiring stitches. The procedure is performed using eye drop anaesthesia. Many patients see a dramatic improvement in vision on the first day. For eyes that are very weak pre-operatively, recovery is a bit slower.

Are you a eligible for LASIK?
  • Any person 18 yrs. Or above
  • Having stable refractive error.
  • Final confirmation can be endorsed by your doctor after complete eye check up.
What numbers can be corrected by LASIK?

Myopia (minus numbers), hyperopia (plus numbers) and Astigmatism (cylinder numbers) can be corrected by LASIK.

  06   Is Lasik better than contact lenses?  
      Contact lenses require daily care and maintenance and need to be changed from time to time. Poor contact lens hygiene can cause vision threatening complications. Lasik is only one time procedure.  

Is the procedure painful?

Not at all. Post-operatively, you may feel a slight grittiness in the eyes, which may last a few hours.

When can I get back to work?

Usually, you can be back at your desk, performing your routine tasks, the very  
 next day.

Are there any side effects?

Your vision may fluctuate for a few days after surgery. You may notice some glare around lights at night.

Can there be re-treatments?

Yes, if necessary. Lasik is a very predictable procedure. Under or over corrections which necessitate re-treatments are extremely rare. If required re-treatment can be performed, 3 to 6 months after the initial treatment.

How long does the effect of LASIK last?
The effect is permanent.
Will I face any problem when I undergo cataract surgery in the future?
No. New formula has been developed to calculate IOL power for patients who have undergone Lasik. It is extremely important to preserve your preLasik reports for this.
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