LASIK Surgery: A Journey of Vision Transformation!
If you have vision-related issues, you must have heard about LASIK surgery by now. But are you aware of what LASIK exactly is? Is it safe to do LASIK? What vision problems can it treat? Or are you even eligible for LASIK?
While thinking about LASIK, you may have many questions and doubts.
Today, we will know all about LASIK, hopefully clearing most of your doubts.
LASIK Surgery – a Brief Intro
Simply put, LASIK or Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a type of eye surgery that can help fix vision-related issues arising from refractive errors. A highly precise laser beam is used to shape the Cornea (the transparent tissue layer in front of the eyes) to help the eyes see clearly.
Given LASIK’s rich and successful history that has been around for more than 25 years, LASIK surgery is highly trusted. With a high success rate, almost everyone who underwent LASIK surgery is satisfied. If you think it is safe to do LASIK surgery, you need not worry about it.
What are the Refractive Errors that LASIK can treat?
The light entering a usual set of eyes focuses precisely on the Retina. However, if the curvature of the Cornea is too curved, too flat, or not evenly spherical, the light entering the eyes isn’t able to focus on Retina. This causes blurry vision for nearby objects, distant objects, or objects at all distances, and these issues are generally referred to as Refractive Errors.
LASIK Surgeries generally deal with refractive errors in the eyes. Here are the refractive errors that can be treated by LASIK:
1. Myopia (Nearsightedness)
Myopia is a condition in which the eye cannot see distant objects clearly; however, the nearby things appear clear. Myopia is observed in the eyes that have unusually curved Cornea. This situation causes the light entering the eyes to focus in front of the Retina instead of focusing on the Retina.
2. Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
Hyperopia is a kind of refractive error in which you can’t see the nearby objects clearly, but distant objects are visible. Due to this refractive error, one may face difficulty in reading. When the Cornea is too flat or slightly curved, it causes the light entering the eyes to focus behind the Retina instead of focusing on it.
When the Cornea of the eye is unevenly curved, it causes the eyes to take the shape of an oval or a distorted sphere instead of a perfect sphere. This leads the light entering the eye to focus unevenly around the Retina. Those suffering from this condition can have blurry vision for objects at all distances or have distorted vision.
The Journey of LASIK Surgery
The journey of LASIK surgery begins with you deciding to ditch your glasses or contacts to live the carefree life you have been seeking for a long time.
Once you consult your eye specialist for LASIK, you will get to know if you are eligible for LASIK. If yes, the surgery will be scheduled for 2-4 weeks later.
Your journey will also include the usage of antibiotic eye drops and a few precautions to take.
You will be given numbing eye drops on the day of surgery to make the procedure painless. One eye takes less than 30 minutes to complete so you will be done within an hour.
The most exciting part of this journey is the time after your eyes have fully recovered. You can expect a full recovery within a few days.
With LASIK, you can expect enhanced vision without eyeglasses or contact lenses.
What disqualifies you from lasik eye surgery?
- If your vision prescription hasn’t been stable in the last 6-12 months
- If you do not fall in the age category of 18 – 35
- People with health conditions like Diabetes, cataracts, and auto-immune diseases
- Past eye injury
- The thickness of the Cornea is unusual
- If you are pregnant or nursing
We hope we were able to answer your queries about LASIK Surgery. If you are ready for a specs-free journey, feel free to get in touch with us at Planet LASIK. Book a free appointment now.