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Everything you Need to Know About Lasik Surgery

LASIK or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis is a corrective vision surgery that corrects eye problems. People who get LASIK eye surgery don’t have to use contact lenses and glasses as much.

LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea. It improves the way light rays are focused on the retina.
For you to see properly, light rays have to travel through your cornea and lens. These two parts of the eye refract light, so it lands on the retina. The retina converts light into signals that travel to your brain and become images. But the cornea of an individual with refractive errors prevents light from bending properly.

Why do people go for LASIK?

Individuals struggling with refractive errors and other vision problems may go for LASIK eye surgery.

Such vision problems are:

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness): A person with myopia can see objects near to them clearly, but objects at a distance are blurry.
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness): Individuals with hyperopia can see distant objects clearly, but objects close by aren’t clear.
  • Astigmatism : In astigmatism, the eye’s front surface and cornea (or the lens inside the eye) aren’t curved properly.

How does LASIK work?

A LASIK procedure usually has three steps:

  • Creating a corneal flap - At the beginning of the surgery, your eye surgeon will use a laser to create a flap on the cornea’s surface layer. After that, the flap will be folded to access the cornea’s thickest layer, the stroma.
  • Reshaping the corneal tissue - Next, the inner corneal tissue will be reshaped using an excimer laser. Any irregularities will also be fixed. This step is crucial; any adjustments made to this tissue will improve the way that light is focused on the retina to fix refractive errors.
  • Putting it back all together - Lastly, the surgeon will fold the flap back down and smooth the edges. No stitches are needed, and with proper care and rest, the eye will heal.

LASIK Complications

After LASIK eye surgery, patients may experience unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, most of them are temporary. Side-effects subside in a few days, and patients can resume their day-to-day activities.

  • Eye infection
  • Itchy eyes
  • Blurry, hazy vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Halos, double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Vision loss/changes

For many individuals, deciding on which surgery to go for can be an overwhelming process. Going for an eye checkup, consulting with your ophthalmologist can help you on your journey towards better vision.

If you are experiencing any issues with your eyesight, visit MM Chokshi Eye Hospital for a quick eye checkup. Look at the world with more clarity. Make an appointment today.

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