Drishti Eye Hospital, the premier eye care centre in the Tricity is pioneer in Lasik surgery. Equipped with Nidek Laser machine (only machine with U.S. FDA approval for removal of upto -14D) is used to perform these sophisticated and specialized surgeries.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
What procedure is done in LASIK
During LASIK, a thin corneal flap is raised (less than 150 microns) and the shape of cornea is modulated with laser beam after which the corneal flap is replaced. The total procedure time on each eye is 5-7 minutes. During the procedure the patients lies down on an automated resting couch which aligns the patient with the LASIK machine. Topical anesthetic drops are applied and the patient is asked to look straight, not to move the eyes and be completely relaxed. The surgeon always help the patient by communicating to him/her.
What is Customized LASIK treatment
In a Customized LASIK treatment, the LASIK not only treats the power of glasses, but also reduces the higher-order aberrations (which can never be corrected by glasses/contact lenses). After this treatment, the patient may achieve Supra-Normal Vision (that is better than normal 6/ 6 vision).
How safe is LASIK procedure
LASIK is one of the safest procedures performed over all over the world. The safety profile of LASIK procedure is very high. The LASIK machine is mostly automated and operated by highly skilled refractive surgeons thus increasing the success rates.
Do I have to get admitted in the hospital
No. LASIK is a day-care procedure. You can go back home after the procedure. The day of surgery you should take rest at home.
Is there any pain during the procedure
NO. There is no pain during or after the procedure. The patient may feel some pressure over the eye which lasts for a few seconds.
Advantages of LASIK
Predictable and permanent correction of refractive errors.
Dramatic improvement in vision without glasses compared to pre Lasik vision without glasses.
The goal is to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
A quick procedure with rapid recovery.
It does not involve any injections or sutures.
Quick return to usable vision.
No hiccups of broken or lost glasses.
No blurred vision due to fogging of glasses during rainy season or coming out of AC environment.
No hassles in swimming.
Unhampered participation in active sports.
What tests are done to evaluate eyes for LASIK
A detailed examination of the eye including vision, refraction, Slit Lamp and Fundus examination is done. This is followed by LASIK-specific tests namely Corneal topography and Pachymetry etc. More than one test is required for the complete evaluation of a patient.
We would also like to know the following information to help us understand the type of treatment applicable for you:
Current Refraction (spectacle numbers)
Lifestyle – outdoor, computers etc / profession
Any significant medical or eye history
An eye report / tests done
What results can I expect from LASIK
Same day of the treatment, the patient is able to achieve his best-spectacle corrected vision without using the spectacles. Clarity of vision gradually improves over the next few days to its maximal level. Some patients may experience some difficulty while reading on the 1st post- operative day which soon recovers.
Intraocular implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)
An attractive technology for vision correction is ICL. In fact, it is a better choice than laser vision correction in many cases. ICL is made of collamer, an advanced lens material that is soft, flexible & designed especially for the eye. It is ideal for those with an active lifestyle. It sits behind the Iris & infront of the natural lens. When implanted the lens is completely invisible to you or anybody else. Unlike contact lenses you do not feel the lens in the eye. The ICL is folded and implanted through a 2 mm incision. The lens slowly unfolds & is gently tacked behind the Iris. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes with complete recovery in 1 or 2 days, usually much sooner than alternative laser procedures. Patient experiences a transformation in vision very soon after the procedure. ICL delivers a vision that is sharper, cleaner more vivid .You see the world in high definition everytime you open the eyes. The Major advantage is that this lens can be removed if required. This enables you to undergo procedure with newer technologies later on. It contains UVA & UVB blocking agents and it does not cause dry eyes.