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Article Home Eye Problems LASIK: Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

LASIK: Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

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LASIK is the short form for Laser In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a surgical procedure for correcting certain visual problems and to eliminate the need for eye glasses or corrective lens. The goal of LASIK eye surgery is to produce clearer, sharper vision.

 

What are the Indications of LASIK?

What are the risks of LASIK surgery?

  • Under corrections
  • Overcorrections
  • Astigmatism
  • Glare, halos and double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Flap problems

How should you prepare?

  • Stop wearing your contact lenses for at least 2 weeks before your surgery
  • Skip the eye makeup on the day before and the day of your surgery
  • Arrange for a ride home after surgery, you might still feel the effects of medicine given to you before surgery, and your vision may be blurry.
  1. Before surgery, the Doctor takes medical history and uses specialized equipment to carefully measure your cornea, noting the shape and any irregularities. The more detailed the measurements, the more accurate your eye doctor can be in removing corneal tissue.
  2. During surgery, surgery is usually completed in less than 30 minutes. During the surgery, you'll be asked to focus on a point of light. Staring at this light helps you keep your eye fixed while the laser reshapes your cornea. You may detect a distinct odor as the laser removes your corneal tissue; some people describe an odor similar to that of burning hair.
  3. After surgery, your eye may burn or itch and be watery. You'll probably have blurred vision. You may be given pain medication or eye drops to keep you comfortable for several hours after the procedure. Your Doctor might also ask you to wear a shield over your eye at night until your eye heals. You'll have a follow-up appointment with your eye doctor one to two days after surgery to see how your eye is healing and so that your doctor can check for any complications. Plan for other follow-up appointments periodically during the first six months after surgery as your doctor recommends.

Are the Results promising?

More than eight out of every 10 people who've undergone refractive surgery no longer need to use their glasses or contact lenses for the majority of their activities.

Your results depend on your specific refractive error and other factors.