What Does LASIK Mean?
LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a refractive surgery that is based on laser technology. LASIK, more commonly known as laser vision correction or LASIK, is actually a form of refinishing. In the words of the LASIK professional “LASIK is an acronym for many things, but best when just one is mentioned.”
When I had my eye exam, I was informed that LASIK could only be administered if my eyes were perfectly healthy. Otherwise, a corneal flap would be created by the surgeon and the flap would be cut open. In layman’s terms, the flap is created so that the surgeon can cut a new cornea and then place it in place over my eye. The result is a change in the shape and the colour of the eye. After that, the patient can resume their daily activities without the need to wear contact lenses.
I had my eye exam because I suffer from astigmatism and need glasses to see clearly. Astigmatism is a condition where the front surface of your eye (the cornea) is slightly irregular in shape. It causes my vision to blurry when I look at nearby objects. There are many different kinds of corneal surgeries to correct astigmatism, but LASIK is simply the latest high tech procedure. It is also called laser vision correction. So, how is LASIK performed?
During my consultation in LASIK Singapore eye clinic with the eye surgeon, he explained that LASIK consists of two steps. First, the flap is created so that laser light can cut through the top layer of tissue. Next, a thin slice of tissue from inside the eye is lifted above the flap. This is done to remove excess tissue that might be hindering the laser light. In some cases, an additional surgical procedure may be necessary.
Complications After My LASIK Eye Surgery
After the first six months of LASIK surgery, my eyes may feel a little red or tender. This is normal. It means that the flap has been successfully cut through. It also means that the flap is starting to heal and the vision in my eyes has become better every day.
After six months of LASIK surgery, I start to notice that my vision is starting to blur. My eyes no longer seem to focus on nearby objects clearly. Sometimes I find myself reading a book in a grocery store or on the internet with a lot of background noise. My eyes are very sensitive to glare and shadows. With some LASIK overcorrections, I have found that I have trouble seeing in the dark.
If you experience severe dry eyes after Lasik surgery then you should call your ophthalmologist immediately. Your eye doctor might want you to avoid driving for a few days after the procedure because it will be difficult for you to see things at night. He might even recommend that you sleep in an extra room. He will also probably recommend that you not drive for two weeks, at least.
As you can see, having Lasik surgery may produce some very visible side effects, like dry eyes, blurred vision and halos. This is why you need to let your doctor know about any experience of these problems. You need to let him know if you have experienced any kind of glare while driving, seeing extra lights during the day or experience severe dry eyes after Lasik. You need to get these corrected so that your vision is as good as it was before the surgery.
The flap inside your cornea that is cut during the Lasik procedure will also cause you some side effects. The procedure may result in a temporary blurred vision. Blurry vision may be permanent if you do not wear corrective glasses or contact lenses after Lasik. You may also be able to experience blurred vision due to scarring, but again, this will pass. It will probably take about six months for your vision to stabilize and be as good as it was before you had the surgery.
Another common problem that people experience is called nearsightedness or farsightedness. This affects your ability to see things in close proximity. You could be farsighted if your prescription eyeglasses don’t fit properly. Farsightedness usually gets worse as you get older and your eyes lose their shape, resulting in the need for reading glasses or bifocals.
While most people experience only minor side effects from Lasik, there are also other complications that you should know about. Some of these include excessive dry eyes, particularly in the early days after your Lasik procedure. As well, you could suffer from serious complications such as myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism and cataracts. If you notice any of these symptoms after having Lasik, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your surgeon to find out more.