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What is LASIK?
Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is an eye refractive surgery in which a laser beam (excimer laser) is used to correct the vision of patients suffering from refractive errors. The laser is applied underneath a corneal flap (in situ), which reshapes the cornea (keratomileusis) and converges the light on the retina by the cornea so that a clear image is formed on the retina.
What are the Benefits of LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery offers numerous advantages to people with weak eyesight and has been wearing glasses for a long period. These include:
- Corrects vision
- Relatively quick and painless procedure
- Less recovery time
- Corrects all types of refractive errors
What is Recovery and Post Op. Care after LASIK surgery?
- After the surgery, vision improves quickly, but it won’t be a complete recovery. It takes about 2 to 3 months after surgery for the wound to heal and complete recovery of the vision.
- You will be prescribed to use topical antibiotics and steroids after the surgery for 3-7 days to prevent infection and inflammation as your eyes may feel gritty, itchy, watery, or have a burning sensation.
- Use of dark eyeglasses for 1-7 days to protect eyes from bright lights
- Use of protective goggles to prevent rubbing of the eyes during sleep or while taking shower.
- Eye drops are prescribed to reduce dry eyes and pain medication like ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
- No swimming or use of a hot tub should be done for 2 weeks after surgery.
- You will be examined 1 day after surgery to ensure that the flap has remained in the proper position and that there is no inflammation or infection.
- In case of no further complications, the next visits are typically scheduled at approximately 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months postoperatively.
What are the Risks and Complications after getting LASIK Surgery?
Possible side effects after LASIK surgery include:
- Dry eyes
- Nite vision disturbances
- Bacterial infections
- Induced irregular astigmatism
- Regression (Regression is when your vision slowly changes back towards your original prescription)