Get Prepared for Lasik

PRE-LASIK EYE EXAMINATION:

Prior to LASIK vision correction surgery, our professionals will perform a comprehensive eye examination to ensure that you are a good candidate for undergoing LASIK treatment. The pre-LASIK vision correction evaluation (LASIK CONSULTATION & PRE LASIK SAFETY TESTS) should include:

  • History Taking
  • Visual Acuity Testing
  • Refraction
  • Keratometry (measurement of corneal curvature)
  • Slit Lamp Examination
  • Pupillary measurements
  • Tear Film Analysis
  • Glaucoma Testing
  • Pachymetry (measurement of corneal thickness)
  • Detailed Retinal Evaluation with Dilatation
  • Corneal Topography
  • Oculyzer II Analysis
  • Aberrometry Test

For your own safety we request you to not self-drive home after the tests as the vision may be slightly blurry for a couple of hours.

ON THE DAY OF SURGERY:

The big day is here, and you have butterflies in your stomach. You are dressed comfortably and you have had something to eat. You arrive 1 hour before your scheduled surgery time and check in, where you will be asked to complete a patient information form. A Surgical Counsellor will then review your consent form with you and go over your post-operative instructions and medications. You will complete some additional medical forms and finalize your payment.

A detailed activity schedule is provided for you, and if you wish, you may be given a mild sedative to calm your nerves.

Your prescription will be verified once again and then you are escorted into the operating room, where you will spend about 10-15 minutes.

LASIK:

If you are having Lasik, anesthetic drops will be administered to your eyes prior to commencing surgery. The surgeon begins by using a lid speculum to gently hold your eyelids open, a suction ring is then placed onto the eye, at which time you will feel pressure and your vision will dim. You will hear the microkeratome pass over the eye, then the pressure will be released and your vision will return. The eye tracker is locked, and the flap is lifted.

Laser time will vary from 30 seconds to 1 minute, during which time you will hear the laser as the cornea is re-shaped. The removed cells are gently flushed from the area and the flap is repositioned and will immediately begin to adhere to the cornea. Once the second eye is treated and your surgery is complete, you will relax in the recovery room for 15-20 minutes.

The surgeon will take one last look at your eyes and then you are released from the clinic Your day of surgery should be a day of rest and we recommend that you stay awake for 4 to 6 hours after surgery.

After Lasik surgery you may experience a burning, irritated feeling which lasts approximately 4 hours.

The morning after you will notice an amazing improvement in your vision. You will come back to the clinic for your first post-operative visit so we can ensure you are healing properly.

PRK:

If you are having PRK, anesthetic drops will be administered to your eyes prior to commencing surgery. The surgeon begins by using a lid speculum to gently hold your eyelids open. A ring is placed on the eye, and drops will be inserted. The epithelial cells are wiped away, and once the eye tracker is locked, the laser will begin. Laser time will vary from 30 seconds to 1 minute, during which time you will hear the laser as the cornea is re-shaped.

The removed cells are gently flushed from the area, and a contact lens is inserted onto the eye. Once the second eye is treated, you will relax in the recovery room for 15-20 minutes.

The surgeon will take one last look at your eyes and then you will be released from the clinic. It is recommended that the day of surgery be a day of rest.

After PRK surgery you will likely experience blurry vision, light sensitively and irritation for approximately one week after surgery.

You will come back to the clinic the following morning for your first post-operative visit so we can ensure you are healing properly.


Congratulations on your new vision!!

POST LASIK INSTRUCTIONS:

What you are likely to experience after the procedure:

Mild or moderate tearing from both eyes is common and can differ from one eye to the other on the day of treatment.
Foreign body sensation or irritation in the eyes.
Occasional appearance of small red spots on the white surface of both eyes
Sensitivity to bright light.
Hazy vision on the day of the treatment.

Do's:

You should instill your eye drops according to the prescription.
You should clean your eye lid margins from the day after your treatment with sterile tissues.
You can have your normal food.
You should blink your eyes gently and frequently on the day of treatment.
You can watch TV, read books, from the day after your treatment.
You can work on computers from the 3rd day of your treatment.
You can wipe and clean your face away from the eye.
Use sunglasses when you go out and apply plastic shields while sleeping for 2 weeks.

Dont's:

Do not expose your eyes to dust.
Do not touch or rub your eyes.
Do not take head bath or splash water into the eye and face for 2 weeks
Do not keep your eyes open for long duration.
Do not clean the eye on the day of your treatment.
Do not swim for one month.
Do not use eyeliner for one month.
Avoid exercises for 1 week.
Avoid self-driving for 1 week.

In case of emergency / any query please contact: +91 96553 66011

LASIK KNOWLEDGE CENTRE:

Is LASIK your remedy to refractive errors?

LASIK is the ideal remedy for:

  • Any person who would like to get rid himself/herself from dependency on glasses or contact lenses.
  • Any professional in various sports like swimming, cricket, squash, badminton, skiing, tennis and other outdoor sports.
  • Anyone seeking employment in the armed forces or merchant navy and professional pilots and individuals with interest in acting and modeling.
  • People who are intolerant to contact lenses (soft, semi-soft and hard) which give rise to irritation, watering and redness of the eyes.
  • Anyone who would like to discard spectacles and contact lenses for cosmetic reasons.

LIFESTYLE BENEFITS OF LASIK:

See what you have been missing...

  • Clear natural vision without the hassles and inconvenience of contact lenses.
  • An opportunity to choose your preferred career whether it is IPS, defense services, commercial pilot, modeling or acting.
  • Better vision for recreational sports like water, winter and contact sports.
  • You can look forward to the best marriage prospects with a partner of your dreams.
  • A natural appearance without glasses and a new visual freedom for all aspects of life.
  • Most patients are able to pass a driver’s license test without their glasses or contact lenses.
  • Above all, one can look forward to a clear, natural vision and a pleasing appearance for years to come.

PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR LASIK TREATMENT:

All individuals above the age of 20 years can undergo LASIK procedure.However a thorough work-up is necessary before patient selection.

The following criteria are essential before a patient can opt for this procedure.

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

  • Age more than 20 years.
  • Contact lens wear should be discontinued for a period of three days in case of soft contact lens and 1 week in case of semi-soft (RGP) contact lenses.
  • Myopia: - 1.00 D to -10.00D.
  • Hypermetropia: +1.00 D to + 5.00 D.
  • Astigmatism: +/- 1.00 D to +/- 4.00 D.
  • Stable refraction i.e. no change in prescription power for six months.

PRE-OPERATIVE PROCEDURE:

  • Refraction : To check the correct number of spectacles
  • Corneal topography : To map the power of cornea
  • Corneal pachymetry : To measure the thickness of cornea
  • Keratometry : To measure the curvature of cornea
  • Slit-lamp examination : To assess the condition of the cornea
  • Tonometry : To check the eye pressure
  • Retinal check-up

COMMON LASIK FEARS:(and Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid!)

The world is full of fears about sight: fear of missing your exit, fear of squinting to no avail at your child’s big performance, fear of leaving contacts in too long.

People considering LASIK have their own unique fears: in particular, concerns about pain, cost and complications. But after this life-changing procedure, many LASIK patients share one regret: I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

1. Fear of being awake during surgery

Perhaps the most common LASIK fear is the fear of being awake during surgery. But LASIK begins with numbing eye drops, and sometimes a mild sedative, to help you relax. Still, some patients notice mild discomfort, such as pressure, vibration or dimmed vision, during the procedure. You don’t have to worry about blinking, though, because a specially designed instrument holds your eye open. And a computer in the laser tracks your eye movement more than 4,000 times per second, ensuring precision. In 15 minutes or less, both eyes can be done with little discomfort. If you can stare straight ahead for 45 seconds—about as long as it takes to watch a traffic light—you can do this.

2. Fear of LASIK cost

A second common LASIK fear is the cost of LASIK. A LASIK price typically covers the initial consultation with eye exam, state-of-the-art lasers, highly trained eye surgeons, personalized aftercare and a lifetime commitment. The cost of LASIK can seem costly at first glance, but a lot is rolled into that final price. Some insurance plans cover a portion of LASIK, too, and a variety of payment options and discounts are available. Some patients estimate that their cost of LASIK pays for itself within a few years because of their saved costs in eye glasses, contact lenses and contact-lens solution. With proper planning, LASIK can fit into even a tight budget.

3. Fear of complications

A third popular LASIK fear is fear of complications. True, LASIK comes with some risks. Yet no surgery—not even a routine one such as filling a cavity—comes without some risks. Choosing the most advanced laser technology and a highly experienced, reputable surgeon can reduce the risk of complications. In addition, individual qualities, such as cornea thickness and ocular health, can reduce risks even further. At your LASIK consultation, your eye doctor will discuss any risks and complications with you. Elect for the procedure only if you feel comfortable with the risks of LASIK.

Among patients who overcome their LASIK fears, many wish they hadn’t been so afraid. Having laser eye surgery shouldn’t haunt you. With a professional behind the laser and an understanding of the procedure, it’s easy to overcome common LASIK fears and opt for a surgery that can change the way you see the world.

So what are you afraid of? Make a consultation appointment today.

LASIK PROCEDURE STEP-BY-STEP:

  • First, the eye surgeon uses an instrument known as a microkeratome to make a thin flap of the outer layer of the cornea.
  • Then he folds back the flap, which remains attached on one side.



  • Next, he uses the cool laser light from the Excimer laser to ’ablate'' i.e. remove the pre-determined amount of tissue to reshape the cornea with great accuracy and corrects the individual's refractive error.
  • The cornea is made flatter to treat near-sightedness, and steeper to treat far-sightedness and/or more spherical to correct astigmatism.
  • Finally, after the laser is administered, he lays back the corneal flap in its original position, where it bonds itself instantly.
  • Due to the extraordinary natural bonding qualities of the cornea, no stitches or sutures are required. An eye-patch is not required.
  • Visual recovery is rapid and there is little or no post operative pain.

PRK vs LASIK:

Photo refractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye surgery designed to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK came before another laser procedure called laser-assisted-in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), but PRK is still performed frequently and regularly today. LASIK has the same overall effect as PRK—it is just a slightly different way to correct vision. Both surgeries work by changing the shape of the cornea.

In LASIK, an eye surgeon makes an incision (with either a laser or a blade) in the cornea to create a flap of tissue. The flap of tissue is lifted so the laser can be applied to reshape the inner layers of the cornea. The computer-controlled surgical laser carefully reshapes the layers of the cornea to repair imperfections in curvature that lead to distorted vision. The corneal flap is then put back in place and heals over the reshaped part of the cornea in a few days.

In PRK, the eye surgeon does not create a flap of corneal tissue. Instead, the outer layer of the cornea is removed to expose an area for a laser to reshape. This makes PRK a better choice for people whose eyes meet certain criteria, such as having thin corneas or chronically dry eyes.

The most significant differences between PRK and LASIK are the initial discomfort and the speed of visual recovery. Recovery from PRK takes a little longer than from LASIK because the outer layer of the cornea needs time to heal.

During this recovery time, a PRK patient is given prescription eye drops (antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops) to promote healing and to reduce discomfort after eye surgery. The drops are normally prescribed for several months following surgery. PRK patients can expect it to take one to three days for the discomfort, blurring and other post-surgical effects to subside, and it will take up to six months for vision to reach absolute peak acuity and clarity.

LASIK recovery is much faster. The discomfort following LASIK surgery is usually mild and short term. While most patients report seeing normally within several hours after the procedure, their vision continues to improve gradually for several months before reaching peak quality.

Both surgeries are safe and effective and carry a very high rate of patient satisfaction. Choosing between PRK and LASIK is a decision best made in consultation with a trained eye doctor who specializes in laser eye surgery. The good news is that history has shown that whichever you choose, you’re likely to be very pleased with the outcome.