Lasik Eye Surgery

Nayanam pradhanam sarvendriyanam (Eye is most important of all parts of body) 

 My Experience

I had very light eye sight problems when I was in 8th class. Gradually the problem was more and by the time I joined 11th standard I had to contact Eye doctor. Doctor was surprised to know that how I was managing my studies with such a big mypoia. I had -5 point for my both eyes. When I entered graduation it was -6 and was stable as I used to have spects all the time.
I had lot of problems having spects, especially one day when my spects were broken and I could not do any work.

Afterwards I used to have spare spects (back up) always but later decided to go for LASIK surgery. I had enquired about it for a year and determined to go for it. My best friend Ramu, who also undergone the surgery helped me to take up the surgery.
In Feb 2005, I had LASIK surgery and so far no problems faced. Thanks to the technology.
I thought I would post information about this so that my friends or visitors of website get useful info:
LASIK Eye Surgery
Main intention of surgery is to reduce the person's  dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

Doctors use a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, the clear covering over the coloured iris, and the lens, which is just behind the pupil of the eye.

LASIK is the acronym for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, a type of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

The procedure is generally preferred to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) because it requires less time for the patient's recovery and the patient feels less pain, overall; however, there are instances where PRK is medically indicated as a better alternative to LASIK. Many patients choose LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.

How is it different from PRK ?  
In PRK the epithelium (top layer of the cornea) is scraped off and then the laser is applied. The epithelium then grows back over the bare area during the next few days. In LASEK the epithelium is removed with a drop of weak alcohol solution, the laser applied as before, the epithelium is replaced back onto the eye and held in place with a contact lens. The contact lens is then removed a few days later. LASEK is hence a "no knife" operation.

Is LASIK safe?
Reseach shows that 97% of surgeries done so far in the world did not have any problems. Many patients have experienced glare or halo effects when night driving, particularly just after treatment. This is more likely the higher the correction that has been made, but is rarely severe.

Can both eyes undergo surgery at the same time?
Most surgeons perform LASIK on both eyes at the same time.

How long does LASIK take?
The laser treatment itself usually takes less than a minute, while the entire procedure takes around 15 minutes per eye.

How do I know if I'm eligible for laser vision correction?
Your eyecare practitioner can help you decide, but below are some general guidelines to check out before your doctor visit:

  • You must have healthy eyes — no glaucoma, infection, cataracts, severe dry eye, or any other condition that would affect postoperative healing.
  • You must be an adult: at least 18 for some procedures and at least 21 for others.
  • Your vision must be stable for at least a year before surgery.   

How long will it take to recover?
Most patients have a reasonably comfortable period after surgery and are back at work within a few days to a week.

Depending on the vision correction attempted, driving may be unsafe for one to two weeks. Tinted glasses with ultraviolet protection are needed when out in the sun for the first three months.

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