LASIK stands for Laser in Situ Keratomileusis or in other words correction of vision using LASER to reshape the cornea. It utilizes an excimer laser that is computer controlled to make the calculated changes in the corneal shape, thus permanently correcting the number.
No. LASER treatment is painless. There may be a sensation of pressure during the procedure and minimal discomfort for a couple of hours after the procedure, but essentially no pain due to use of eye drops to numb or anaesthetize the eye.
The success of the surgery at Wavikar eye institute is very high because of our stringent and extensive pre operative evaluation for suitability for LASIK. This not only establishes safety for the procedure, but also allows precise correction of the refractive error individualized to the patients’ unique requirements.
98.87% of our patients have achieved perfect vision (6/6) so far.
Most of the eye growth (and as a corollary the eye power change) occurs until an age of 18 years. It’s rare for the eyeball to keep growing after this. We do not perform LASIK if the number is not stable. Once done, the results are permanent though.
Visual recovery after LASIK is quick. Almost all patients see well the day after the surgery, and achieve their best vision after 24 hours. However improvement may continue to occur for even up to 2 weeks after surgery.
Yes. Use of contact lenses does not affect LASIK treatment. However be sure you have discontinued use of the contact lens for a period of 3 weeks (3 weeks in case of Semi soft lenses or Rigid gas permeable lenses, and 3-4 days in case of soft contact lenses) before both assessment for suitability of LASIK as well as before the surgery itself.
In LASIK the shape of the cornea is altered. In order to assess suitability for the same, a detailed examination of the corneal shape and thickness is essential in the form of corneal topography. This will enable the surgeon to establish safety of the procedure. It is not advisable to go for LASIK without such an assessment, as guidelines for the same are well established and mandatory. If a person is found unsuitable for LASIK, he / she can be assessed for other forms of refractive surgery.
World over, due to the established safety of the procedure, LASIK is safely done in both eyes at the same time.
Conventional LASIK results in establishing the vision as good as was with glasses or contacts. However, in custom LASIK, visual results are of far better quality and sharper, as we are using a much advanced technology.