Most people with eye related issues are known to commonly suffer from myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism which is related to the abnormal shaping of the eye; these affect the refractive power which can cause objects to appear blurry. Thankfully, these issues can be targeted and resolved with the use of laser eye surgery through LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) treatment.
At Ebsaar, we are committed to providing you with not only the best vision, but also the best long-term vision. With a team of dedicated and extremely able doctors, we are able to identify the problem and give you solutions that are suitable to you. Given the sensitive nature of the procedure and the technicalities involved, our doctors will be assessing you for suitability before deeming you safe to go into surgery.
Laser eye surgery consists of LASIK treatment, PRK, LASEK and Epi-Lasik, each consisting of a common goal but with subtle differences in execution. PRK or Photorefractive keratectomy is a good alternative for those who do not qualify for LASIK treatment or for those who have thinner corneas. LASEK is similar to both LASIK and PRK although alcohol is utilized for the purpose of re-adjusting the corneal tissue. Epi-Lasik is considered to be an amalgamation of LASIK and LASEK. Your eye doctor will determine the best option for you following a series of routine tests.
If you or someone you know is pregnant or nursing, you will need to put LASIK treatment off till after your hormones return to a balance. Hormonal fluctuations are known to change the shape of the eye not to mention the stresses of the surgery in itself that are not recommended during this sensitive stage of one’s life.
Although the discovery of the laser for use in surgery can be traced back to the 1970’s with developments brought about for ophthalmology in the 1980’s, its official use was not approved until around 1995. The first LASIK surgery dates back to 1991 in U.S. clinical trials and from then on, it has seen a steep rise especially with LASIK treatment. Now it is widely hailed as a successful method to correcting issues with refraction which plays a pivotal role in how our eyesight enables us to see things.
In addition to the benefits that LASIK treatment can bring, it is also noteworthy that many advancements have been made in the field that have brought it much farther along than its advent in 1991. As a result, much safer and faster options are now available and at Ebsaar we can discuss your options with you. Bladeless technology can now ensure a less invasive procedure and one that you as the patient would be more comfortable with. Depending on your requirement, the corneal tissue can be flattened or steeped or in some cases eradicated altogether to make way for better vision.
Above all, when selecting an eye surgeon conduct plenty of research. Take as many questions as you have and ask them during your consultation. As beneficial as this can be, LASIK treatment is irreversible so it’s best you are well-informed and thoroughly prepared.
Dr. Jose Ignacio Barraquer, The Godfather of modern refractive surgery & Lasik with Dr. Hani Sakla
What is LASIK treatment?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis and is a surgery performed for vision correction. LASIK treatment is known to be undertaken to correct eye problems such as myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism. The basic treatment involves an incision made in the eye for the surgeon to make adjustments to the cornea. The flap is then replaced and strict aftercare is prescribed for healing. Not all are considered suitable for the procedure however and you should consult your doctor before making any final decisions.
I have heard of different types of eye surgery. What are they?
Yes laser eye surgery is the broader term used to cover the 4 treatments carried out under it. LASIK is one of them along with PRK, LASEK and EpiLASIK. LASIK is the most popular of the four, followed by PRK which stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy. This choice of surgery as well as LASEK is sometimes advised to patients who do not qualify for LASIK. Also, as it does not involve a corneal flap some do prefer this over LASIK treatment. However, both procedures require the use of the same laser, known as the excimer laser.
Why should I consider LASIK eye surgery?
Although prior to making a decision you absolutely must consult your doctor, LASIK treatment has proven to be very popular for a number of reasons:
Provided you employ proper aftercare as instructed by your doctor, your recovery should be free of any issues as such. Although recovery of full vision is never guaranteed, you will see vast improvement.
How long does it take and is it costly?
What actually takes up time with this treatment is the consultation as your doctor will need to conduct a few tests and have an in-depth discussion with you regarding your health and family history. The actual surgery in itself takes approximately 10-15 minutes per eye. And yes, you can have treatment done in both eyes, but if you are going for this option you need to make sure you have someone on hand to help you get home and assist you with your daily activities as you will need to get plenty of rest. As for cost, it depends on your requirement although your insurance is not known to cover this type of surgery by default. You can check with them to see if you can have LASIK treatment included in your cover.
Who can qualify for LASIK treatment?
As far as age limits go, you must be over the age of 18 to qualify for LASIK treatment. The reasons for this are many, but the main is that the eye is still changing in those younger than 18. The eye tends to change even in those over 18 and your doctor may look for stable vision for a period of at least a year before considering you for surgery. Those under the age of 18 will have to depend on their glasses and lenses for a while longer as they are the safer options. Aside from age, your health will be taken into consideration as well especially other eye diseases such as cataract and glaucoma which could prevent surgery.
I have heard there are some drawbacks to LASIK eye surgery. What are they?
Yes, just as with any kind of medical treatment you undertake especially surgery, there are some risks involved. Whilst some can be avoided through adequate care exercised by you, the others are risks that are simply part of LASIK treatment as seen below:
What sort of aftercare should I follow?
Given the delicate nature of LASIK treatment, aftercare needs to be meticulous. Although this differs from person to person on their individual requirement, some aspects remain the same such as:
What should I look for in a laser eye surgeon?
Considering laser eye surgery primarily deals with the cornea and adjusting of its tissues, the surgeon should be someone who is a corneal expert. They should have adequate experience in handling the cornea and be able to identify even the smallest issues with it that could hinder chances for a successful LASIK treatment. When recommending laser eye surgery to you, listen carefully to see whether they are advising you taking your long-term vision health into consideration.
How did LASIK come about?
LASIK Treatment and everywhere else soared to popularity in 2001. The actual procedure in itself was spurred on by the discovery of the excimer laser on animal tissue which left no scarring after incision. It is dated back to the 1980’s and was considered a revolutionary step forward in the surgical treatment of humans. Today, the procedure is popular in many parts of the world although you must exercise a lot of care and conduct a great deal of research before locking down a place.
What if I still see no improvement?
Although this is rare with LASIK treatment, it does happen. You will need to go in for regular check-ups so that your doctor can keep tabs on you and see how you are progressing. If there is no improvement he/she will conduct a number of tests to see what the issue is and why the surgery has not helped. Following this, they will book you in for another procedure to help improve your situation. Although rare, it is not unheard of as some need surgery twice to rectify the problem depending on how severe it is.
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