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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 unsure whether to proceed with it? You may find your answers below:

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

chartFirst of all, you must understand what are refractive errors (short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism). Having refractive errors mean the light is not focused on the light sensitive tissue lining of our eye (retina), resulting in blurred vision. By reshaping the outer part of our eye (cornea) with a “cool” beam laser, the light can be re-focused on the retina and people who previously need eyeglasses or contact lenses, may not need them anymore.

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

You can ascertain your suitability through a pre-LASIK evaluation. However, there are some general guidelines for those who are interested to get rid of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  1. Healthy eye. There are no eye diseases or abnormalities. Any eye diseases and or infections should be resolved before surgery.
  2. Stable eye prescription for at least 12 months. 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 should be postponed until their vision has stabilised.
  3. Aged 18 years and above. Patients under 18 years old tend to have unstable eyesight and therefore, Refractive Surgery is usually not recommended.
  4. For ladies – you are not nursing or pregnant. Eye prescription may fluctuate when expecting a baby or nursing due to the hormonal changes in the body.
  5. No Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjogren’s Syndrome may result in poor visual outcomes and increase the risk of complications after Refractive Surgery.

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 spectacles or contact lenses. No one can guarantee perfect vision after Refractive Surgery. Our vision may change with time with or without any Refractive Surgery. Hence, even if one have had Refractive Surgery, he or she may still need eyeglasses at some point in time after the procedure.

Q4: Is LASIK or Refractive Surgery painful?

No, it is usually not painful. This is because the doctor will use anaesthetic eyedrops to fully numb the eye before the surgery. During the procedure, you may feel some mild pressure around the eye, but no pain at all. You will be prescribed with eyedrops after your surgery to minimise dryness and infection.

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

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The price ranges from $3,199 up to $4,999 for 2 eyes at Atlas Eye Specialist Centre. There are many eye centres offering various types of treatment with different pricings. We advise patient to choose a treatment most suited for their eyes instead of choosing the most economic treatment. A one-time payment for a lifetime 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 the LASIK procedure take?

LASIK is a 30 minute out-patient procedure. There is no need for the patient to be hopsitalised. Patient can return home 30 minutes after the procedure.

Q3. Does LASIK surgery hurt?

Majority of patients report little to no discomfort during and after surgery. You will not feel pain during the procedure as the surgeon will instill anaesthetic eyedrops before the surgery. During the reshaping of the cornea with laser, you will not feel any sensation. You can be prescribed with pain medication should you feel any discomfort after the surgery.

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

Not all patients are suitable to undergo LASIK surgery. Your eyecare specialist will help determine whether you are suitable.  Here are a few general guidelines:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are not pregnant or nursing. Hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eyes during pregnancy or nursing.
  • You have stable vision and eyeglass prescription for 12 months prior to surgery.
  • The front and back part of your eye are healthy.
  • Your cornea should have sufficient thickness.
  • You do not have eye conditions such as infections, ocular herpes, eye inflammation or severe dry eye. These conditions could affect post-operative healing of your eyes.
  • You do not have unmanaged diabetes or rheumatological conditions.

Q5. How much does LASIK surgery cost?

At Atlas Eye, we offer all 3 generations of laser vision correction and they include ReLEx SMILE, LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation. Surgery starts from $3,199 for 2 eyes. The type of surgery you for is dependent on the shape of your eyes, corneal thickness and the amount of astigmatism you may have. Surgery fees include 3 post-op reviews and enhancement surgery within 2 years from the date of first surgery.

Q6. What can I expect after the surgery?

After the procedure, your eyes may feel watery and you may experience some 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 2 and to avoid strenuous activities until your eyes heal. Remember to arrange transport on the day of your surgery as you will not be allowed to drive.

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