To correct vision disorders, such as farsightedness,nearsightedness,presbyopia, and astigmatism, you are supposed to undergo refractive surgery. Today, a laser procedure known as Lasik is becoming very common especially in the United States. This procedure is categorized under Refractive surgery. Lasik is also known as laser eye surgery. This being a modern-day technology, many people fear almost every fact about it resulting in very many questions from interested patients.
Below are some of the common question people as about Lasik eye surgery:
1. What does Lasik eye surgery feel like?
Sincerely, lasik eye surgery is a procedure that is painless. However, this procedure involves some stages that some patients refer to as uncomfortable due to dryness, itchiness or some slight pain. Some of the stages are as follows;
•After the surgeon has numbed the eye by the use of anesthetic eye drops, they place a pair of speculum on your eye to keep it wide open. The speculum may make you feel some discomfort in the eye.
•In Lasik surgery, the eye surgeon will cut and peel off a flap over your eye cornea. You may feel some pressure when the surgeon is doing this. When the cornea is exposed, your surgeon will focus on it a laser beam to reshape it. Here, you may feel some painless pressure although it takes just seconds. After this,the flap is replaced by the surgeon.
•After the process is done, your surgeon will give you eyedrops to prevent your eye from infection and dryness. The dryness may make you feel uncomfortable and thus the need for the eyedrops. At times, the surgeon will recommend painkillers for you in case you feel a stinging sensation.
2. Who are the favorite patients for Lasik eye surgery?
Lasik eye surgery is suitable for almost all patients. This is because this procedure has been reviewed as a very effective remedy to most eye disorders. However, there are factors considered for eligibility for the procedure.
•One must be 21 years and above with a stable prescription for about one year.
•You must not be breastfeeding or pregnant as these two conditions may be the cause of your eye concern.
•Diabetes or Glaucoma patients must first be approved by an eye specialist if they are fit enough. If unfit, don’t worry, there are other eye treatment procedure.
3. What age limit is suitable for Lasik eye surgery?
For you to be considered for Lasik Eye surgery, you must be 21 years or more. This is because the eye of a young person is still growing and developing meaning their prescription changes.
Lasik eye surgeons carry out tests to prove that the prescription has been the same for at least one year for them to be booked for Lasik eye surgery. Patients over 70years of age are also not operated on.
4. How much will the Procedure cost me?
This factor varies on several issues such as the surgeon, the clinic you visit, the prescription and the type of procedure.
The cost may roughly range between $750-$3,500.Some clinics charge more for complex conditions while others don’t. However, cost should not be a factor to discourage you because what really matters is the end result.
5. What is the recovery period after I undergo Lasik Eye Surgery?
This depends on the Laser eye surgery you undergo. The recovery rate is also a factor here. For some patients, it may take them 24-48 hours while for other, they may take up to a week. Moreover,your eye surgeon will alert you on the recovery time.