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Top 5 Must Know FAQs about LASIK & Refractive Surgery

Are you thinking about correcting your eyesight permanently? However, there are too many question marks in your mind? Heard from your friends about LASIK but not sure whether is that the truth? You may find your answer below:

Q1. How does LASIK or Refractive Surgery remove my short-sightedness and astigmatism?

chartFirst of all, you must understand why a person is diagnosed with refractive errors (e.g. short-sightedness, astigmatism and etc). Having refractive error means the light was not focused on the light sensitive tissue lining of our eye  (retina), resulting in blurred image. By reshaping the outer part of our eye (cornea), the light can be re-focused on the retina and people who previously need eyeglasses or contact lenses, may not need that anymore.

How to reshape the cornea? By applying “cool” beam laser. This is how the term LASIK been established – Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.

Q2: Am I qualified to go for LASIK or Refractive Surgery?

Honestly speaking, we cannot answer you without a proper eye assessment. However, there are some general guidelines for those who are interested to get rid of their eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  1. Healthy eye. There are no eye diseases or abnormalities present at the moment as it may affect your qualification. Any eye condition should be solved before the surgery.
  2. Stable eye prescription for at least 1 year. There should be ≤ 0.50 dioptre change in your eye prescription for the past 12 months. Patients who have significant change in their eyesight will be monitored and surgery day should be postponed until their eyesight is stabilized.
  3. Aged 18 years and above. Patients under 18 years old tend to have unstable eyesight and therefore, Refractive Surgery is usually not recommended for them.
  4. For ladies – you are not nursing or pregnant. Eye prescription may fluctuate in ladies who are expecting a baby or nursing due to the hormonal changes in their body.
  5. No Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjogren’s Syndrome may result in poor visual outcome and increase the risk of complications after Refractive

Q3: Will I get perfect vision after the procedure?

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Though doctors strive to make the refractive error zero after Refractive Surgery, this may not always be possible. Refractive Surgery aims to reduce a person’s dependence on spectacle or contact lenses. No one can guarantee you a perfect vision after Refractive Surgery. 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.

Q4: Is LASIK or Refractive Surgery painful?

No, it is usually not painful. This is because the doctor will use anaesthetic drops to fully numb your eye before the surgery begins. During the process, you may feel some mild pressure sensation and temperature around the eye, but no pain at all. You will also be prescribed with eye drops to provide comfort after your surgery.

Q5: How much does a LASIK or Refractive Surgery cost?

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The price ranges from $3500 up to $6500 in Singapore. It may be difficult to find a solid price about the procedure as there are different types of surgery which come with different pricing. A lot of people may choose the most economic treatment but we strongly advise you to choose the most suitable treatment for your eyes. A one-time off payment for a life-time vision, it is totally worth the money.

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Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Q1. What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK_blog_picLASIK 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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