Medical File: Lasik Surgery

Medical File: Lasik Surgery
09 September 2019
It’s been lauded as a revolutionary surgical intervention that helps people improve their eyesight and enjoy better vision. But what exactly is Lasik surgery, and how do you know if it’s right for you?

What is Lasik surgery?

Also known as refractive laser surgery, Lasik surgery is now a common surgical procedure that can be performed in a surgeon’s rooms or through a day clinic at a hospital. For most people, recovering from Lasik surgery is quick, and you can recover in the comfort of your own home. Best of all, it’s relatively pain-free! Lasik surgery simply reshapes the cornea of your eye, enabling your eye to receive more light into it. This helps to improve your vision and ability to focus. 

Am I a candidate for Lasik surgery? 

At your next to last eye check, ask your optometrist if you’re a suitable candidate for Lasik surgery. Your optometrist, doctor, or surgeon, can make the final call on your suitability for this surgery but, usually, if you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for Lasik surgery:

  •  You are at least 18 years old
  • You’ve had stable vision for the past 2 to 3 years, and have not had to change your prescription for glasses, contact lenses, or similar.
  • You have no signs, or history of, diseases related to the cornea. 
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding. 
  • You have no significant eye health concerns.
  • You have not been diagnosed with Diabetes.
  • You have not been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. 

 What should I expect from Lasik surgery?

Every person is different, so your recovery and results from Lasik surgery are often determined by your body. Many people report an improvement in their vision in less than 24 hours. Your surgeon will advise you on how to prepare for the surgery, and this preparation may include not wearing your glasses or contact lenses for up to two weeks before the surgery. You won’t be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, so make sure you have a friend or family member on hand to help. You should see your surgeon the day after your operation, to ensure you are healing well.

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