LASIK | Refractive Surgery

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is laser vision correction whereby our highly qualified ophthalmologists use precision laser eye surgery techniques and lens implants to correct focusing problems such as short sightedness (myopia), long sightedness (hyperopia), loss of reading vision (presbyopia) and irregular focus (astigmatism). LASIK frees people of spectacles/contact lenses for both distance and near vision.

Diagnostic Tests Done

  • Topography : Which maps out a 3D plot personalized to the eye.
  • Pachymetry : Measuring the thickness of the cornea using a pachymeter prior to refractive surgery, for keratoconus screening, LRI surgery.
  • Keratometry : Used to measure the curvature of the anterior surface of the cornea, particularly for assessing the extent and axis of astigmatism.
  • Refraction : Cycloplegic and Subjective Refraction.
  • Fundus Imaging : Assessment of the retina/fundus to ensure there are no other pathological conditions present.

The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye's cornea in order to improve visual acuity (sight). For most patients, LASIK provides a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. The procedure takes less than 10 minutes in which the laser treatment takes less than 2 minutes. Patient admission is not required and the patient can go home immediately after the procedure. There may be mild discomfort following the treatment which generally subsides within a day or two. No major side effects are noticed although sometimes some dryness and glare can be experienced. This is very common and sunglasses are advised to protect the eyes from any harmful UV rays.

Follow up appointments are schedules as necessary. The patients is able to carry out all habitual tasks immediately.

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