LASIK eye surgery is performed to address different vision problems. These vision issues are myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. The process involves creating a flap on the cornea using laser technology and reshaping the cornea to correct the vision.
In recent years, LASIK (an acronym for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) eye surgery has gained immense popularity. It is now the preferred vision-correction method opted for by thousands across the globe. The process is said to be practically painless and, in most cases, guarantees excellent results.
Is LASIK Eye surgery completely safe and without any side effects?
Every surgical procedure involves a certain degree of potential risks. LASIK eye surgery falls under this category.
However, in this surgery, the chance of complications is lesser than 1 in 20 operations. In general, LASIK eye surgery enjoys a high success rate and has an outstanding safety profile.
Any complication that may however arise isn’t extreme or vision threatening. In addition, you can reduce the risk of complications by choosing a trusted clinic, skilled professionals, and safe services—all factors present in our clinic.
It is extremely rare for patients to end up with worse vision than before going through LASIK eye surgery. In the event problems do arise, they can always be fixed by a follow-up surgery. The risk of eye infections is also quite minimal.
It is also important to determine how good of a candidate one is before diving into the eye-surgery procedure. Our trained professionals evaluate the condition of the patient before every surgery to further ensure that risks are kept to a minimum. Certain patients are less suitable for LASIK eye surgery and, hence, are advised against it.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
Our staff assesses your present condition and medical history in order to determine how suitable you are for LASIK eye surgery.
In general, if you have one or more of the following conditions, you might be unsuitable for the operation:
- Large pupils
- High refractive error
- Too thin or irregular corneas
- Unstable vision
- Dry eyes
- Certain degenerative or active autoimmune disorders
Furthermore, pregnant women are automatically disqualified from undergoing LASIK eye surgery.
What are the potential side effects of the operation?
Most professionals solve the side effects caused by LASIK eye surgery through medical treatment. Slight discomfort postsurgery is a common symptom, which might last for approximately 24–48 hours at most.
Other rare complications following the procedure may include the following:
- Dry eyes
- Vision fluctuations
- Difficulty driving at night
To avoid these side effects and complications, take proper precautions postsurgery, using the recommended medication and taking enough rest. Some patients may still have to use glasses after surgery for driving at night.
To deal with potential infection during the first stages of the healing process, our experts will prescribe eye drops and antibiotics. Use these for up to a week, or until symptoms disappear.
How should I prepare for the surgery?
Our medical professionals will take precautions before your actual LASIK eye surgery. You will undergo a preliminary session with our professional to evaluate your health status. This is also to guide you comfortably through the process.
In this session, our medical professionals will explain in detail all the processes before, during, and after the surgery. They will also conduct tests during evaluation. These tests are for corneal thickness, refraction, air pressure, pupil dilation, corneal mapping, among others.
Do you have additional preparation tips?
On the days leading to your LASIK eye surgery as well as on the actual day of the procedure, take note of the following:
- Do not wear contact lenses at least 3 days before the process.
- Do not wear gas-permeable rigid contact lenses at least 3 weeks prior to surgery.
- Bring along your prescription glasses.
- Refrain from putting on eye makeup on the day of the surgery.
- Have a light meal beforehand, and take all prescribed medicines.
- Avoid wearing heavy hair accessories.
What should I do after the procedure?
You need to religiously follow the postsurgery regimen prescribed by your doctor. You may experience dry eyes and blurry vision immediately after surgery. This is normal, and you’ve nothing to worry about.
Our professionals shall apply some eye drops at this stage to moisten the eyes. Note this might cause some discomfort and slight blurring of vision. Also, remember to use only the eye drops prescribed by the doctor.
The healing process begins immediately after surgery, and most patients experience clear vision in a couple of days. Even though vision might be blurry for a day or two, it should wear off quickly enough.
LASIK eye surgery is indeed one of the safest surgeries out there, and hundreds of thousands of people opt for it every year. With proper precautions, you can almost avoid all side effects.
At our clinic, we prioritize the health and safety of your eyesight. Therefore, we take absolute precautions to make your LASIK eye surgery experience is comfortable and rewarding, and with minimum risks.