For many people, wearing glasses or contact lenses every day can be an inconvenience. With glasses, you’re a rainfall away from distorted vision; with contacts, a gust of wind away from dry eyes.
However, with LASIK or laser eye surgery, individuals can say goodbye to the hassle of glasses and contacts and enjoy clear vision with just a simple surgery.
Laser eye surgery has been a game-changer in the world of modern medicine. In this blog, we’ll explore the fascinating world of LASIK and how it has revolutionized the field of ophthalmology.
What Is Laser Eye Surgery or LASIK?
LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a type of refractive surgery in which the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) is reshaped using a laser. It’s the most frequently performed laser eye surgery for correcting vision problems.
This procedure uses a blade or a femtosecond laser to make a flap in the cornea. A small piece of tissue is then removed from the cornea with an excimer laser to rectify the refractive mistake. After being repositioned on the cornea, the flap is then allowed to recover naturally.
LASIK is typically used to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Compared to other types of laser eye surgery, LASIK is less invasive and often results in a shorter recovery period.
Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery or LASIK
Laser eye surgery, particularly LASIK, provides numerous benefits for individuals seeking to improve their vision. Some of the key advantages of LASIK are as follows.
1. Improved Vision
Better vision improves everyday activities and overall quality of life. LASIK can correct refractive problems in the eye, leading to better and sharper vision and, therefore, a better quality of life.
2. Reduced Reliance on Glasses or Contacts
LASIK offers convenience by reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contacts, which can be inconvenient for many people.
Patients who undergo LASIK often report a significant reduction in their reliance on corrective lenses or glasses.
3. Convenience and Comfort
LASIK eliminates the inconveniences of glasses or contacts, such as cleaning and maintenance, or the discomfort of wearing them for long periods.
4. Quick and Painless
The LASIK procedure is generally short, lasting about 15–20 minutes per eye. Additionally, the numbing eye drops used at the beginning of the procedure make it virtually painless.
5. High Success Rate
The operation is not only quick and painless, but it also has a high success rate. A majority of patients report considerable improvements in their vision after LASIK.
LASIK Recovery and Aftercare
It’s normal to experience some mild discomfort and blurriness in your vision after LASIK. This is usually only temporary and goes away within a few days to a week. Some patients may experience dry eyes, which can be treated with lubricating eye drops.
Adhere to your doctor’s post-operative care instructions to ensure a quick recovery and lower your risk of complications. These instructions might include the following:
- Resting and avoiding strenuous activity for a few days after surgery
- Avoiding rubbing your eyes
- Using prescribed eye drops as directed
- Wearing eye shields at night to protect your eyes while you sleep
- Avoiding swimming, hot tubs, and other activities that may expose your eyes to water or infection
While LASIK is a safe and effective procedure, there’s always the possibility of complications, so discussing any concerns with your doctor is important. Additionally, attending follow-up appointments after laser eye surgery is essential to track development and spot any corrections that may be required.
Improve Your Vision With Laser Eye Surgery — Visit Prasad Netralaya Today!
LASIK is a groundbreaking laser eye surgery that can dramatically improve a person’s quality of life by eliminating the trouble of wearing glasses or contacts. While there’s always the possibility of issues with any operation, LASIK is, for the most part, safe and effective.
Prasad Netralaya offers state-of-the-art eye care services, including LASIK surgery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards clear vision without glasses or contacts!
Dr. Vikram Jain, M.S. had his medical training (MBBS) from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India. He did his master's in Ophthalmic surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. He currently manages the Glaucoma department of Prasad Netralaya hospital.