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LASIK surgery is an eye procedure used to correct them. There are primarily three defects in our vision- myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. All these three defects can be corrected by the LASIK procedure.
Clear vision is a blessing! True, isn’t it? When the vision is not clear, we use glasses or lenses to correct the defect.
LASIK procedure helps to reshape the cornea of the eye and enables the light to focus on the retina without the need for specs or contact lenses. In this article, let’s learn more about this all-important procedure.
Who is LASIK surgery for?
If wearing glasses/lenses to correct your vision is not your cup of tea, you can choose to get the LASIK surgery done. The doctor will check your current health condition to ensure there are no complications. Your eye health is also important. So, the doctor will check your eyes to ensure they are healthy and can be operated on.
There are some conditions when LASIK surgery is not recommended such as for people below 18 years of age, pregnant or nursing women, people with dry eyes and so on.
What happens during the LASIK procedure?
Vision problems generally happen because the cornea of the eye is not properly shaped. So, light does not get focussed on the retina creating a blurry image.
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During the procedure, the cornea is reshaped using a special cutting laser. First, a flap is made on the cornea and then, the laser is used to reshape it. This makes the light to focus on a single point which creates a clear image.
What are the risks of the LASIK procedure?
LASIK surgery is pretty much a straightforward procedure with very low risks. In some cases, however, there are some complications that happen like dry eyes, sensitivity to light, infection, excess tears etc.
If the cornea is not shaped properly, it can lead to double vision, glare or seeing halos around lights.
That’s why choosing an experienced doctor whom you trust is extremely important.
What steps should be taken after LASIK surgery?
After the surgery, you might feel sore and a little discomfort in your eye. There might be slight pain as well. Some people also experience itchy sensations. All of this is normal.
Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to take care of the pain as well as dryness. Within a few days after the surgery, usually, these sensations go away.
There are some necessary precautions you will have to take like making sure you stay away from dusty, unclean places; not letting shampoo/soap enter into your eyes, wearing an eye shield to protect your eyes from harsh sunlight etc.
What will be the impact of LASIK treatment?
LASIK surgery has shown great promise. With minimal side effects and the best results, most people are opting for the procedure.
Take a look at the chart above. These are the results of a survey conducted by reviewofophthalmology.com. The results show that 82% of the people who underwent a LASIK procedure would recommend it to others. Pretty good numbers, right?
Where can I get LASIK surgery done?
There are two critical points for a successful surgery- an experienced doctor and infrastructure having advanced laser technology. Choosing a hospital which has both is important.
At Ayu Health, we have doctors who have extensive experience in performing LASIK surgeries. Every hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure to bring you the best of medicine and technology under one roof.
Get in touch with Ayu Health at +91 636-610-0800 or book an appointment on our website.
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About the Author
Dr. S. Goel
Dr. S. Goel is a renowned Internal Medicine Specialist currently practicing at Ayu Health Hospital, Bangalore. He is a Specialist in Internal Medicine, Diabetes HTN, Paediatric Care, and Family Medicine.