Are you Eligible for LASIK

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What is LASIK treatment?

LASIK eye surgery is the best known and most commonly performed laser refractive surgery to correct vision problems. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) can obviate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
During LASIK surgery, a special type of cutting laser is used to reshape of the cornea and change the eye power. The cornea is the transparent front surface of the eye.

What is the procedure of LASIK?

Before the surgery, topical anaesthetic eyedrops are administered. Eye is aligned with the laser machine with the speculum separating the eyelids. Suction ring is applied to stabilize the eyeball. Corneal flap is created with a microkeratome or Femtosecond laser. Using laser, the cornea tissue is reshaped and the flap is put back in place.

What are the specific eye conditions and general health conditions that might disqualify you from LASIK?

Age

People with age less than 18 are usually advised to wait to get their Lasik done as the eye power may change for a few years.

Unstable glass power

LASIK is best done when eye power has been stable for atleast one year, as the eye power calculations for LASIK are done as per the current power.

Advanced Glaucoma

LASIK can interfere with correct measurement of eye pressure, hence not advisable in patients who have glaucoma.

Severe Dry eye

Post LASIK, dry eye can worsen. Severe dry eye also interferes with the calculations done before LASIK.

Thin corneas

During reshaping of the cornea in LASIK, the cornea is made thinner by a certain amount, so as to change the eye power. Hence, an eye with a thin cornea to begin with is not a suitable eye for LASIK.

Abnormal corneal maps

Corneal topography maps the corneal curvature and thickness. If a condition which causes progressive thinning of the cornea is suspected, for example, in Keratoconus, it is best to avoid LASIK.

Uncontrolled Diabetes

These conditions can hinder the healing post LASIK.

Squint or gross eye muscle abnormality

Post LASIK, dry eye can worsen. Severe dry eye also interferes with the calculations done before LASIK.

What is customized LASIK?

Customized LASIK is an advanced laser technology, which is based upon the unique visual characteristics of your eye. The calculations and planning for LASIK is tailor made for your eye.

What are the key benefits of customized LASIK over traditional LASIK?

It’s highly effective in correcting both lower and higher order aberrations, which gives the patient better visual quality and contrast sensitivity.

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What is bladeless LASIK?

Bladeless LASIK involves the use of two lasers – first is the Femtosecond Laser, which creates a thin flap of cornea and second is Excimer Laser which reshapes the cornea.

How does bladeless lasik differ from traditional LASIK surgery?

While microkeratome- LASIK is also a sophisticated surgery which gives good results, bladeless Femtosecond -LASIK has the advantages of being more accurate, precise and predictable.

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