Are You Suffering From Blurry Vision?
Are you experiencing blurry visions? You may already be suffering from any eye-related issues such as myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) or astigmatism which is related to the abnormal shaping of the eye. Thankfully, you don’t have to struggle with poor eyesight anymore as these issues can now be targeted and resolved using laser eye surgery through LASIK (Laser-Assisted In situ Keratomileusis) treatment.
At Ebsaar, not only do we give you the best vision but also the best long-term solution to your eye problems. Our state-of-the-art laser eye surgery consists of Opti-LASIK treatment, the most advanced form of laser eye surgery. Compared to ordinary LASIK, Opti-LASIK treatment combines other advanced technologies to come up with a detailed examination of the eye so that each patient gets a customized treatment plan. Moreover, Ebsaar also offers PRK, LASEK and Epi-Lasik, each consisting of a common goal but varies in execution. LASEK is similar to both LASIK and PRK although alcohol is utilized for the purpose of re-adjusting the corneal tissue. PRK or Photorefractive Keratectomy is a good alternative for those who do not qualify for LASIK treatment or those who have thinner corneas. Epi-Lasik is considered to be the combination of LASIK and LASEK.
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, but its official use was not approved until around 1995. From the first LASIK surgery in 1991 in US clinical trials, the treatment has now been widely recognized as a successful method in correcting eye issues with refraction which plays a major role in how our eyes function.
Through the years, 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, be a well-informed patient! Conduct your own research on the process and ask as many questions during consultations. As beneficial as it can be, LASIK treatment is irreversible.
Dr. Jose Ignacio Barraquer, The Godfather of modern refractive surgery & Lasik with Dr. Hani Sakla
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
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.
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:
- Patients who have undergone the procedure have reported improvement in their vision within the next 2 days.
- Ability to get back to your daily life fairly quickly.
- Reduced/ eliminated need for your glasses or contact lenses.
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.
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.
As far as age limits go, you must be over the age of 18 to qualify for LASIK treatment as our eyes are still changing before that. 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.
Yes, just as with any kind of medical treatment you undertake, there are some risks involved. Whilst some can be avoided through adequate care, the others are risks that are simply part of LASIK treatment as seen below:
- LASIK eye surgery cannot be reversed. Future improvements can be made to further correct vision, but nothing can be taken back.
- If you choose an inexperienced doctor, you could suffer irreparable damage with the flap in your cornea.
- What is known as ‘best vision’ can be lost around a year following the surgery. This vision is the highest vision you have with glasses or lenses.
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:
- Dry eyes: Your doctor will prescribe eye drops to combat this. Do not use any other types of drops. Stick to your prescription.
- Pain/Discomfort: Antibiotics and painkillers will be allocated for you to take. Amongst these will be sleeping pills that will help you get some rest as you need to keep your eyes closed for a couple of hours after surgery. Do not worry as this pain is not as bad as you think it to be. Anesthesia and numbing drops are used and you only feel a mild discomfort the next day.
- Imbalanced vision: It might take a bit of time for your eyes to get adjusted to the changes which could lead to fluctuating vision. While this should go away, if it persists consult your doctor.
- Glare: Again though normal after the surgery, get it checked if it does not go away.
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.
LASIK Treatment 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.
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.