What is Lasik Refractive Surgery?
Broadly referred to as Vision Correction Surgery, LASIK (“Laser Assisted Intra-Stromal Keratomilieusis”) surgery is a branch of Refractive Eye Surgery that is intended to correct and improve vision for people suffering from short-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism.
The shape of the cornea is modified in order to correct or improve the focusing ability of the eye.
A highly precise, computer controlled laser beam is used in order to reshape the cornea and its refractive properties.
This is achieved by creating a Lamellar Corneal flap, lifting the flap and exposing the stromal layer of the cornea, onto which the laser profile is shaped, thereby modifying the corneal shape. The flap is then repositioned on the cornea and a plastic eye shield is placed to protect the eye.
There is no need for general anaesthesia – only local anaesthetics (eye drops) are used.
Extensive clinical trials to date show excellent results after LASIK surgery for suitable candidates.
It is possible to continue with most of one’s daily activities within 2 – 3 days after the surgery.
Should I do it?
Candidates for Vision Correction surgery are typically people who are unhappy wearing spectacles or contact lenses, or those who have large refractive errors and do not wish to wear spectacles anymore.
If you are over 20 years of age and have not had any significant change in your vision (or spectacle prescription) over the preceding 2 years, then you will most likely be able to have the surgery. You will need to be assessed by an ophthalmologist to see if you are a suitable candidate.
This is a low risk, long term solution that has had very favourable results on thousands of patients around the world.