1. How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK?
With the help of a complete eye care system, it will be confirmed if the patient is fair or nearsighted or has astigmatism. He must not have any ocular health problems like untreated glaucoma or cataracts. Certain extra measures are needed like corneal surface mapping or cornea thickness. With the help of an experienced ophthalmologist, it can be noted if the patient is an ideal candidate for LASIK or not.
2. What I need to do for choosing my own surgeon or a practice?
The entire success rate of a LASIK treatment depends on the experienced surgeon, along with the accuracy of the noted pre-operative assessment. There are some criteria that a notable surgeon must possesses, and those are: certification prove from American Board of Ophthalmology; well trained in Ophthalmology practice with the help of skilled experience, need to perform several surgical procedures to gain as much knowledge as possible, have to known more about LVC patients, and also help them to understand the complications and outcomes, associated with the surgery. Even though a LASIK ad might be tempting, but do not forget that it is a lifetime investment policy.
3. What are associated with LASIK treatment and the time it takes?
The entire procedure might take 5-7 minutes for each eye. It takes place under topical anesthetic drops. During the process of LASIK, a medical instrument, namely microkeratome is used for lifting the upper thin layer of the cornea. Then, with the help of laser treatment, a precise amount of corneal tissue gets removed. After the procedure takes place, the flap is laid back in its previous position by natural suction. No sutures are used. Eye drops and plastic shields are used for protecting the eye for the day. Results are more or less immediate, when discomfort might take place for the first 24 hours only.
4. How can the laser possibly work?
The well known excimer laser takes the help of a light cold beam in order to sculpt the cornea’s surface, in its desired shape. It helps in correcting both farsightedness and nearsightedness, along with astigmatism.
5. Does this LASIK process hurt?
With the help of eye drops, cornea can be numbered easily. According to maximum patients, they feel either less or no discomfort at all, during or after LASIK treatment.
6. What about the recovery process?
In LASIK treatment, recovery is usually very fast. For the first few hours after surgery, patients might feel a little bit of irritation, along with a tearing and burning sensation. At this time, the vision is generally blurred. Therefore, maximum people nap at this point of time to rest their eyes. After few hours, the irritation stops and the vision start becoming clear. After the surgical day, the irritation feels stop completely, and the vision is quite clear.
7. I just cannot tolerate anything in my eye
Actually I am very nervous! Therefore, use of a mild sedative can work wonders before starting the surgery procedure. It can easily help you to relax during the procedure, and at the same time encourage taking a nap. The operating rooms technicians and surgeons always focus on this method during the surgical procedure.
8. Will it be possible to do both eyes, at the same time?
Maximum people prefer to go for one eye at a time. In certain cases, you can even see patients opting for operations in both their eyes, at the same time. This helps in avoiding the imbalance period, which generally takes place when one eye is still in need for correction.
9. What will happen if I move or blink my eye during this process?
During the process, you will be lying on a comfortable chair and staring straight at a fixation light. At this point of time, surgeons will use lip separator or speculum, to hold the upper eye lid open, and also to prevent blinking. The doctor has full control of the laser, and can also stop the procedure if he thinks that necessary.
10. Will I have to take the help of glasses after surgery?
You cannot get a guarantee of perfect vision with any of the medical process. Maximum people enjoys clear vision, where else some might see enough to pass a driver’s license without the need of contact lenses. This is an important point to note that LASIK does not eliminate the use of reading glasses. During the age of 40, a typical condition, namely presbyopia takes place, which might require the help of bifocal or reading glasses. Laser treatment will not be able to correct this condition, even though there are some interesting treatments, later.
11. How much time do I have to take leave from work?
In maximum cases, patients might return to their working environment within two days; some even join a day after surgery.
12. Will LASIK ever interferes with my lifestyle?
All your active sports might get postponed for a time period of two weeks or till your eyes are fully healed up, or if protective eye wears are approved by the surgeons. Some other activities might also be avoided like hot tubs, swimming and even saunas. After full recovery takes place, you can again regain your activities, and can even play sports without using your same old glasses.
13. How much time will the correction last?
LASIK can be defined as a permanent process; however, you might need the help of enhancement procedure in certain cases. Some patient’s life might change for their lifetime, which can also happen with the help of contact lenses or glasses.
14. Is the fact true that LASIK treatment needs six months to improve vision?
Visual improvement is more or less immediate, even though fluctuations might take place. Maximum fluctuations have stopped after two weeks. Moreover, it might take some more time to resolve swelling in eyes. Major people get healed up within two weeks, where else very few might take more than six to nine months.
15. How safe is the entire process? Are there any further complications?
As the process is quite safe, therefore; it has been rapidly accepted. With any kind of surgical procedures, complications might arrive. There are some vision-threatening results which exist, but these are extremely rare. These complications include infections (1 in 5,000) and irregular healing process, which is also known as “irregular astigmatism”. During such instances, contact lenses or further surgery might take place. Other complications might lead to blurriness for a temporary time, dependence on contact lenses of glasses for a short time period, or need for an additional surgical procedure. In most cases, patients recover without any problem. Thus, LASIK patients must confirm the credibility of the surgeons before any conclusion. They must have special training in cornea surgery, as knowledge of cornea healing power is a must, in this regard. They must also know to manage if any problem arises.
16. How can you rate the success?
There are different factors, on which success generally depends. The most important is the degree of astigmatism or farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Depending on this factor, the surgeon can judge 20/40 or greater vision of the patient. In maximum cases, 95% of LASIK eye treatments have reached 20/40, with just one procedure. This can also be defined as the requirement for legal driving without the use of any correction. If the patient do not reach his goal at the first time, then the need of a second try might take place.
17. Can LASIK treats my farsightedness?
If defined in moderate and low ranges, then LASIK might help you in this regard. On the other hand, for high levels, LASIK might not be the best option to opt for. You may take the help of refractive procedures for better results, in this regard.
18. What to do regarding astigmatism?
Astigmatism generally takes place, when the eye cornea is oval and no round. With the help of laser treatment, you can easily treat any level of Astigmatism. This takes place by removing the tissue in one direction, to make it round.
19. Can LASIK help in my dry eyes?
Maximum patients who have dry eyes opted for LASIK surgery. They cannot tolerate lenses as those give rise to discomfort. LASIK might worsen the condition, but this is a temporary method. These are generally treated with the help of artificial tear lubrication. In certain cases, punctal plugs, which are placed in the lower eye lid tear ducts, can be placed for improvement purposes. They can be removed once you are free from dryness, or can be left on a permanent basis, as well.
20. I have to take the help of reading glasses. Can LASIK help me in this regard?
LASIK is only used for correcting distance vision. If LASIK is performed when distance glasses are not needed for patients over 40 years of age, then they might need the help of a pair of reading glasses, later. There is one big exception, when people opt for monovision. Here, one eye is corrected for distance, and the other remains nearsighted. Among 100 % 10 to 20 % generally opt for monovision correction. This process is only recommended to those patients, who have already tried it with contact lenses
21. What is the price range of LASIK?
Due to some discount corporate LASIK centers, the cost might vary from one surgery to another. There are different financial programs which may focus from no-interest to low-interest. All these are available at Norwich Ophthalmology Group, which are used for Laser Vision Correction. LASIK can also turn out to be quite affordable, which can be as low as $72, per month.
22. Will insurance policy cover up my LASIK cost?
Maximum insurance companies will not cover up your LASIK cost. However, there are some special programs, which might cover up a certain portion of the entire cost. Patients might ask the insurance representatives about the benefits and coverage that they can enjoy.
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