LASIK is a refractive surgery in which a flap of the corneal surface is raised and a thin layer of underlying tissue is removed using a laser. It can correct common vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia) to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
Here are a few common myths about LASIK, and the actual facts:
Myth: LASIK is painful.
Fact: Numbing eye drops are used to keep your eyes comfortable during LASIK, which takes only about 15 minutes for both eyes. You will feel some pressure briefly during creation of the corneal flap, but laser reshaping of the eye is pain-free. If you are anxious before your procedure, your surgeon can give you a mild sedative to help you relax.
Myth: You can go blind from LASIK surgery.
Fact: LASIK affects only the front surface of the eye, serious complications are rare, and no one has ever gone blind from LASIK surgery.
Myth: If you have a poor outcome from LASIK surgery, nothing can be done to fix it.
Fact: More than 95 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their outcome. If your results are unsatisfactory, there are a number of treatment options to improve your vision further. Also, possible LASIK side effects such as dry eyes usually are temporary and can be managed successfully.
Myth: LASIK is new, so long-term side effects and complications are unknown.
Fact: Laser vision correction was introduced in the 1980s, and the first treatment performed in the United States occurred in 1987 (more than 25 years ago). Side effects from modern LASIK surgery typically are mild, occur shortly after surgery, and resolve quickly. Significant complications are rare.
Myth: LASIK corrects only nearsightedness; it cannot correct farsightedness or astigmatism.
Fact: LASIK can correct all common refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). If you have severe refractive errors, other refractive surgery options are available.
Myth: A successful LASIK surgery means you will never need eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Fact: LASIK does not prevent the progression of normal aging changes in the eyes, so at some point after age 40, you likely will need reading glasses, like anyone else. Also, it's possible you might still need to wear glasses on a part-time basis for specific tasks, such as driving at night.
SMILE is the only technique available in the world, wherein the laser surgery is performed without using any blade and without lifting any flap. In other words, your fear of cutting the cornea with a blade is absolutely removed by this procedure and at the same time unlike most of the FEMTOSECOND lasers in the market; we do-not make and lift a corneal flap.
With ReLEx®, the VisuMax® enables the fusion of cutting-edge femtosecond technology and precise lenticule extraction to provide minimally invasive vision correction. A refractive lenticule is created in the intact cornea and removed via a small incision without ablation or a flap. The treatment is thus a flapless, all-femto and single-step procedure. SMILE is LASIK procedure without making the flap and PRK without any pain.
The combination of precise refractive femtosecond laser technology and lenticule extraction marks the start of a new era in refractive surgery.
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Removal of lenticule:
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During the consultation our team of specialists will carry out a complete examination of your eyes to determine the extent of any issues that need correcting. This consultation will include a full refraction and retinal checkup so you can be confident that all aspects of your eyesight have been thoroughly checked before committing to surgery.
Please make sure to bring all of your health records for our team to examine; these records will include your eye examination records. During your consultation we perform a full refraction and retinal checkup, so you are likely to have blurred vision for a few hours after the tests are complete, so please bring a friend or relative that can drive you home safely after your consultation.
Most people are suitable for eye surgery, however there are a few that are not. We provide a Consultation where your personal specialist will perform several simple tests before confirming whether or not laser eye surgery will be the right choice for you.
If your eye prescription is stable, i.e. you have had the same prescription for more than 2 years, the result of LASIK will last longer. When your eyesight and vision has stabilized, you are an excellent candidate for laser eye surgery, however we can still perform the surgery on eyes that haven't stabilized. The only noticeable difference is the rate of deterioration after your surgery. Unfortunately, no matter how thorough your initial consultation or how brilliant your surgeon, you can not avoid the effects of ageing on the eyes, so deterioration is a given. As a guide, 18 years after surgery, stable eyesight regresses on average -0.05D and unstable eyesight regresses to -0.54D, which gives you decades of perfect eyesight to enjoy.
As you become older your distance vision will remain stable, giving you many years of enjoyment and practicality without the need to wear glasses. After the age of 40 years you may need additional reading glasses in certain conditions due to natural aging of the eye. We can advise on this when you visit us at your consultation.
LASIK and ReLEx SMILE eye surgery usually take around 10 minutes per eye. However, your whole visit including your recovery period will take around 1 1/2 hours.
Most people need laser eye surgery in both eyes. To make the process as convenient as possible, we treat both eyes at the same time. By treating both eyes together, you only have a single recovery period, as opposed to two separate recoveries if the eyes were treated separately. This means that you can get back to work faster and enjoy glasses free, perfect vision even sooner.
In the majority of cases LASIK and ReLEx SMILE eye surgery does not hurt. We also use numbing eye drops to avoid any discomfort that you may have felt normally. You might feel pressure on your eyes but this isn’t reported as an issue by our many patients. Customer comfort and satisfaction is our number 1 goal.
Immediately after surgery your vision will be blurred for a few hours. You will need a driver to take you home after surgery, and may possibly need a driver at the start of the following day, however, most patients are fine to drive at the end of the following day and be enjoying improved vision with no ill effects.
We recommend that you take the rest of the day off to help you relax. As for full return, usually 48hrs would be adequate but you can return sooner or later depending on the environment in which you work. Please speak to your consultant for more accurate time frames.
After the initial fuzziness that tends to last a couple of days your eyes will gradually give you improved vision until a few weeks after surgery when you will notice that you are enjoying perfect vision. No need for glasses or contact lenses, no more squinting at the alarm clock when you wake at night, improved vision for sport and much more.
Your surgeon will take you through all aftercare in detail and hand you any medications or antibiotics to help healing. We recommend that you also use a hat or sunglasses for a few days as they may feel sensitive to light straight after surgery. You will also have to avoid washing your hair for a week after surgery. Apart from some basic care, just avoid rubbing your eyes for a weeks and all should be OK. If your treatment requires anything more specialist then your surgeon will discuss this with you at your consultation.
LASIK and ReLEx SMILE eye treatment can treat and correct a wide range of conditions, including myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. Even presbyopia, or aging in the eye, is fully treatable with our laser eye surgery meaning that you can throw away those reading glasses the same day.