Frequently Asked Questions
What is LASIK?
LASIK or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis is a surgical procedure to correct or improve faulty eyesight. It is most commonly known as Laser Eye Surgery. Laser eye surgery can be used to treat disorders of eyesight like near or far-sightedness or blurred vision. Various types of LASIK surgeries that can be performed are:
- Topography-guided LASIK
- Wave optimized LASIK
- Wavefront-guided LASIK
- All laser LASIK
What are the advantages associated with LASIK?
LASIK surgery has the following advantages:
- Adjustments for vision correction can be made during old age
- The better success rate when compared to other vision correction surgeries
- Can eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lens completely
- Little discomfort or pain compared to other procedures
What are the indications of LASIK?
LASIK can be performed for individuals of the following conditions:
- Myopia [to see the near objects clearly than objects which are far away]
- Astigmatism [irregular curvature of eye lens causing the objects to appear blurred]
- Hyperopia [nearby objects appear blurry and far objects are clear]
What is the preparation required for LASIK Surgery?
The preparation steps for LASIK Surgery are as follows:
- Your eyes will be examined by the doctor to check for health and any infection of the eyes.
- The shape and thickness of the cornea will be evaluated.
- The doctor may ask you to stop wearing eyeglasses or contact lens before surgery.
- Take all the medications as instructed by your doctor.
- It is advised not to read, write, or use electronic devices like a computer or cellphone 30 minutes prior to the test.
What are the steps involved in LASIK?
The following are the steps involved in LASIK surgery are:
- The patient is prepared for surgery and local anesthesia is given to the patient as eye drops.
- Then, a thin hinged flap is created on the surface of the cornea of an eye using specialized equipment known as a microkeratome.
- Next, the cornea is reshaped precisely to improve the vision by LASIK laser while tracking and monitoring your eye with a computer.
- The flap will be replaced on the surface of the cornea, after reshaping the cornea.
What is the recovery care for LASIK Surgery?
Some instructions are given to you by your doctor after the completion of surgery and they are:
- Use the eye drops regularly as advised by your doctor.
- Avoid bright and direct sunlight, the use of sunglasses is recommended.
- While sleeping, wear plastic shields to protect your eyes.
- Don't touch or rub your eyes.
- Take all the prescribed medications as directed by your doctor.
- Avoid swimming or splashing of water directly into your eye during the healing process.
Who can perform LASIK?
LASIK Surgery can be performed by:
- An experienced Ophthalmologist with training in LASIK surgery.
- Any MD [Doctor of medicine] with several years of training in LASIK.
- Optometrists who completed LASIK training and performed successful surgeries.
What is the cost of LASIK in Delhi?
The amount to be paid for LASIK in Delhi may vary according to factors such as:
- Doctor's fee
- Hospital charges
- Type of LASIK
- Lab tests recommended
- Medical condition
The minimum price in Delhi starts at Rs.16,000
The average cost in Delhi may range approximately Rs.45,000
The maximum amount to be paid in Delhi may be up to Rs.95,000
Is LASIK a major surgery or minor surgery?
LASIK Surgery can be either major or minor procedure depending on the patient's medical condition.
Who can undergo LASIK Surgery?
LASIK Surgery is performed on individuals like:
- The cornea of the eye must be thick enough for surgery.
- People who are not comfortable wearing contact lens or eyeglasses.
- Individuals whose vision has been stable for almost a year.
- People older than 18 years with eyesight difficulties.
Who cannot undergo LASIK?
People who cannot undergo LASIK surgery are:
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with a weak immune system or in poor health
- Individuals with changing eye vision over a year
- Individuals who are satisfied with either eyeglasses or contact lens
What are the risks and complications involved in LASIK?
As with every surgery, LASIK also has its own benefits, risks, and complications and they are the following:
- Temporary visual disturbances like seeing halos around the objects, poor night vision, etc
- Bulging of the eye surface [Keratectasia or Keratoconus]
- Eye discomfort or eye infection
- Irregular astigmatism
- Light sensitive eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Irregular healing of the outer layer of the cornea like inflammation under the LASIK flap etc.
- Decreased sharpness of the vision
- Vision loss (very rare)
How long does it take to complete LASIK Surgery?
The procedure may take almost 10-40 minutes to complete and may take more time depending on the condition of the patient.
What is the recovery time from LASIK Surgery?
Individuals who undergo LASIK Surgery may take 1-4 weeks to recover completely.
What is the success rate of LASIK Surgery?
The success rate of LASIK surgery depends on:
- Age of the patient
- The medical condition of an individual
- Experience of the doctor in performing LASIK Surgery
However, the success rate of LASIK surgery can range from 90%-99% based on the medical condition of the individual.
Is LASIK painful?
Every surgery comes with a certain level of pain and some discomfort. You won't be experiencing pain in the eyes during the process as anesthetic eye drops will be used to the eyes for which LASIK is needed.
Is LASIK permanent?
Usually, LASIK is a permanent procedure that helps in correcting or improving eye vision. However, in very few cases due to the change in the eye lens, vision problems may reappear and may lead to blurred vision.
What are the long-term results associated with LASIK?
The following are the long term results of LASIK are:
- Improve eye vision
- Permanently correct astigmatism, near-sightedness, and farsightedness
- Change in the cornea of the eye
Can LASIK surgery be detected in the future?
Yes. LASIK can be detected in the future as the cornea becomes very thin.
What if LASIK fails?
Few of the options available if the LASIK surgery is not successful are the following:
- Reuse of contact lens or eyeglasses
- LASIK enhancement
- Additional or a revision eye surgery as discussed with your doctor
- Retreatment with medications and diet
What are the alternatives available for LASIK?
The following are the alternatives for LASIK surgery in Delhi:
- Phakic intraocular lens implants
- Refractive lens exchange surgery