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Uncover the Myths about LASIK

Uncover the Myths about LASIK

Despite a nearly 30 years’ history of LASIK or Refractive Surgery, there are still some myths among those who are concerned about the procedure. Let’s discuss the common myths that we usually encounter nowadays.


Myth #1: LASIK or Refractive Surgery is painful.

Truth: Generally, there will not be any pain sensation on the eye during the Refractive Surgery procedure. The reason being is your eye doctor will instill anaesthetic eye drops to numb your eye. The anaesthetic effect will usually last until the whole procedure has been completed. Therefore, you will feel no pain even after you step out the operation theatre. However, there might be mild grittiness or stinging sensation which will usually last for the first few hours after the procedure. With the World’s most advanced Refractive Surgery – Small Lenticule Extraction (ReLEx Smile), it greatly reduces the mild grittiness that may occur after the procedure.

Myth #2: LASIK or Refractive Surgery may cause blindness.

Truth: Although nowadays Refractive Surgery is performed under high levels of safety, it is still considered as a surgery whereby certain risks may be involved. However, the number of blind cases due to Refractive Surgery is still ZERO in Singapore. Therefore, a thorough eye examination followed by doctor’s consultation are important to review all benefits and risks of Refractive Surgery before making decision.

Myth #3: I will not need any eyeglasses after LASIK or Refractive Surgery

Truth: Our vision may change with time regardless of any Refractive Surgery. Hence, even if one have had Refractive Surgery, he or she may still need eyeglasses at certain phase of life after the procedure. For instance, all of us will start to have reading difficulty when we reach the age of 40 to 50s due to the loss of crystalline lens elasticity – Presbyopia. Eyeglasses with near reading prescription can easily overcome this issue.

Myth #4: Laser may burn your eyes.

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Truth: A “cold” laser named Excimer is used in certain Refractive Surgery. “Cold” laser means that it does not burn the corneal cells, in fact, it disrupts the molecular bond that holds together the corneal cells. However, some patients may report burning smell during the procedure. The odour is from the chemical reaction of the laser on the cornea. Some refractive surgery machines have a build-in vacuum device to remove the odour.


Myth #5: There are permanent side effects from LASIK or Refractive Surgery.

Truth: Laser surgery is still considered a surgery, and with every surgery there are risks involved. One common side effect after LASIK is dry eyes, and they usually lessen with time. However, in a small number of patients, it may be permanent. This can be overcome by the use of lubricating eyedrops.

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Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Q1. What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is a quick and simple procedure, which is done by an eye surgeon to reshape the cornea and improve vision. The goal of this surgery is to improve the way the eyes focus light rays onto the retina.


Q2. How long does LASIK procedure take?

The procedure will only take less than 30 minutes to finish. It is an outpatient surgery so you can go home on the same day. No need to worry about staying at the eye care center overnight to recover from the operation.


Q3. Does LASIK surgery hurts?

A lot of LASIK surgery patients report little to no discomfort during and after surgery. You will not feel pain during the procedure as the surgeon will instill anaesthetic eye drops before starting the surgery. Even during the reshaping of the cornea with lasers, you will not feel any sensation. You will also be administered with pain medication should you feel discomfort after the surgery.


Q4. How do I know if I’m qualified to undergo LASIK?

Not all patients who are keen to do corrective surgery are suitable to undergo LASIK surgery. Your eye care specialist will help you determine whether you are qualified or not.  Here are a few general guidelines for your convenience:

  • You are least 18 years old. Vision of younger patients may still change overtime so they are not yet qualified for LASIK.
  • You are not pregnant or nursing. During these stages, your hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eyes so you may not undergo LASIK.
  • You have stable vision and eyeglass prescription for 1 year prior to surgery
  • The front and back part of your eye is healthy
  • Your cornea should have sufficient thickness
  • You do not have eye conditions such as infections, ocular herpes, eye inflammation, or severe dry eyes. These eye conditions could affect postoperative healing of your eyes.
  • You do not have unmanaged diabetes or rheumatologic conditions.


Q5. How much does LASIK surgery cost?

LASIK surgery can range from $3000 onwards. The price for every operation may vary, based on your eye condition and the technology used. Atlas Eye’s LASIK packages cover 3 post-operation checkups and 2 years warranty of the surgery results. ReLEx SMILE is the next generation LASIK and it range from $5000 onwards.


Q6. What can I expect after the surgery?

After the procedure, your eyes may feel watery, or you may feel a little discomfort for a couple of hours. This is all part of the healing process and will eventually fade away. You will have functional eyesight the night of surgery or the day after the procedure. You are advised to rest for about a day or two and to avoid strenuous activity until your eyes completely heal. Remember to arrange transport on the day of your operation as you will not be allowed to drive.

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