The LASIK Procedure Explained

1st March 2016

What is LASIK?

LASIK, which stands for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis, is the most common laser eye surgery in the world. Over 30 million people have had LASIK to correct their vision. LASIK is used in the treatment and correction of refractive errors like hyperopia, myopia and astigmatism. Hyperopia, (or farsightedness) is difficulty in seeing far away objects. Myopia (or nearsightedness) is difficulty in seeing objects up close, while astigmatism is due to an irregularity in the shape of the eye itself causing blurring of both far and near images. Most people with refractive errors benefit from LASIK. However, some people with large pupils, dry eyes, high refractive error, thin corneas, unstable vision, some degenerative disease and those who are aged or are pregnant, may not be suitable for this procedure.

What to expect during your LASIK procedure

There are just a few steps involved during the LASIK procedure. Eye drops are used prior to the procedure to numb your eyes so there will be minimal discomfort.

A thin flap is created on the surface of your cornea using a special laser. This flap is then folded back so that the eye can be reshaped with the Schwind Amaris excimer laser.

In the case of nearsightedness, the cornea is flattened, and for farsightedness, it is made more curved. For astigmatism, the excimer laser can be used to correct the distorted cornea back into a normal shape.

The final step is to replace the corneal flap, which then sticks back to the underlying cornea.

After the surgery, you’ll be encouraged to stay at home to rest. By the next morning you should feel much better. Your surgeon will see you the next morning for a follow-up consultation so he or she can monitor your progress after the procedure.

Risks and Complications of the LASIK procedure 

Most LASIK surgeries are successful, but just like any other surgery, there are risks involved. In the more than twenty years since LASIK was introduced, side effects occur at a rate of less than one percent. Most of these side effects, which include temporary discomfort or flap complications, cam easily be taken care of with medication or an enhancement procedure. At the Lions Laser Vision Centre you will receive all the necessary information customized for your specific visual needs as your eyes are unique to you.

Choosing the Lions Laser Vision centre is your first step in successful laser vision correction. To find out if you are suitable, take our suitability test today.