LASIK — Do You Have An Eye for It?

LASIK eye surgery is the most commonly performed form of laser eye surgery for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. But, do you know LASIK eye surgery may not always be the most appropriate corrective surgery option and a case-by-case analysis is important?

To begin with, LASIK is a type of refractive eye surgery that calls for a surgical insertion of a flap within the cornea to correct refractive error problems of the eye. That’s why adults on the other side of 40 years, prone to develop Presbyopia (the inability to focus on objects nearby), should consider its probable impact on short distance vision.

LASIK eye surgery is most appropriate for people with a moderate degree of refractive error, like those who exhibit one or more of the below symptoms:

· Nearsightedness (myopia), where short distance vision is fine, but distant objects appear blurred out.

· Farsightedness (hyperopia), wheredistance vision is fine, but nearby objects appear blurred out.

· Astigmatism, which causes overall blurry vision.

LASIK is a fairly safe surgery form with minimal collateral risks that may include:

· Undercorrection or overcorrection: if the amount of tissue removed is slightly below or over the line, further corrective measures may be required

· Vision disturbances: sometimes night vision may be slightly hampered

LASIK preparedness:

· Consultation with your specialist is necessary if any form of immunosuppressive medication is underway

· LASIK may induce a temporary decrease in tear production — check with your ophthalmologist if you have dry eyes

· Pregnancy or breast feeding — vision can be slightly blurry, supervision during this period becomes mandatory

· Consult with your specialist of you’re into any contact sport, like boxing or martial arts

Some of the pros (amongst many) of getting LASIK surgery done are:

· It is associated with very less pain

· Vision is corrected almost immediately or maximum within a day post the surgery

· Adjustments can be made years after LASIK surgery to further correct vision

· Post surgery, most patients no longer need corrective eyewear

A good surgical outcome is a factor of careful evaluation, diagnosis and execution. If you have any eye related concerns, head over to Medanta which you might have known until now as having the best team of cardiologists around. But do you know they also have one of the most advanced departments of ophthalmology with a team that considers it its endeavor to bring to you the best care for your eyes.