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What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is a type of laser eye surgery that is used to correct the vision problems like farsightedness [hypermetropia], nearsightedness [myopia], blurry vision, and astigmatism. The full form of LASIK is Laser in Situ Keratomileusis. Undergoing LASIK surgery can help you to avoid wearing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Nowadays, several people tend to undergo LASIK eye surgery because of its benefits and minimal or no risks.

If you wish to undergo LASIK surgery in nearby cities of Gurgaon like Gurgaon, you can visit Pristyn Care as we house the best ophthalmologists and best eye specialists.

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Overview

Lasik Eye Surgery-Overview
Who is eligible for LASIK surgery?
  • You must be older than 18.
  • The cornea must be healthy.
  • Your eye prescription must be stable for at least a year or two.
  • Your best corrected vision (visual acuity) must be at least 20/40.
  • There must not be any active eye disease present.
Why advanced LASIK eye surgery?
  • USFDA-approved treatment
  • Get improved vision
  • No blood loss during surgery
  • No long-downtime
Why Pristyn Care for LASIK surgery?
  • 15+ years experienced eye specialists
  • Free doctor consultation
  • Assistance in insurance claim
  • Free cab facility on surgery day
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Treatment

Diagnosis

Your ophthalmologist will assess your eye and check the vision clarity. Your doctor might ask you to go through an eye chart test to check your vision from a distance. The doctor might also check your eye pressure. This is known as the tonometry test.

To check your pupils, the doctor might put drops in your eyes which will make the pupils bigger. This is done to check the optic nerve and to confirm if there is any damage to the retina of the eye.

The ophthalmologist might ask you to do a few more tests to check your eye’s sensitivity to glare and perception of colors.

LASIK Eye Surgery

First, the eye is sedated with anesthetic eye drops. Once the anesthesia takes its effect, the doctor uses an instrument, lid speculum, that keeps the eye open to position it under the laser beam. With the help of a suction ring and an ink marker, any kind of eye or cornea movement is restricted. Followed by this, the surgery passes the laser beam through the eye that reshapes the cornea. Meanwhile, he/she checks the progress through a microscope. In order to rectify myopia, the cornea is flattened and to correct hypermetropia, the cornea is made steep. Once the reshaping is complete, the cornea is placed back.

The whole procedure takes 10-20 minutes to complete and is performed on an outpatient basis. After a quick follow-up by the doctor, the patient can go home on the same day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get bladeless LASIK surgery?

If you are looking to treat blurry vision due to any eye problem, consult with best ophthalmologists from Pristyn Care. Our state-of-the art clinics are fully equipped to provide laser eye treatment. Book an appointment with our experienced ophthalmologists.

Do LASIK surgery offer permanent results?

Yes. The results of LASIK surgery are long lasting in nature. However, with age, the eye of a person can change internally. If you choose to undergo another procedure after LASIK surgery, the results can be modified.

Does LASIK surgery hurt?

Absolutely no. The procedure is performed only after numbing the eye with anesthetic drops so that the patient doesn’t feel any pain or discomfort.

How long will LASIK surgery take to complete?

The whole procedure takes 10-20 minutes to complete and is performed on an outpatient basis. After a quick follow-up by the doctor, the patient can go home on the same day.

Is LASIK surgery safe? 

Yes. Laser vision correction procedures, such as Bladeless Femto LASIK, Bladeless and Flapless ReLEx Smile LASIK, and other advanced innovations have made the surgery safer, faster, and precise.

What is Femto LASIK?

Femto LASIK, also known as femtosecond-assisted LASIK, is a type of laser eye surgery. It allows the surgeons to create a corneal flap with the laser rather than using a mechanical cutting tool. After surgery, the flap is placed back in its original position without sutures.

What are the common side effects of LASIK operation?

The common side effects of LASIK eye surgery are:

  • Dry eyes
  • Glare, halos, and double vision
  • Undercorrection and overcorrection
  • Astigmatism
  • Flap problems
  • Regression of vision
  • Vision loss or changes
  • Itchiness and soreness in the eye
How is contoura LASIK surgery different from conventional LASIK operation? 

While the conventional LASIK surgery maps about 200 points in the cornea, the Contoura LASIK maps around 22,000 points on the cornea for more accuracy. Contoura LASIK also has fewer complications as compared to the conventional technique and the damage to the tissues is relatively less.

What is the difference between PRK and LASIK?

The key difference between PRK and LASIK is the creation of a flap in the cornea. While LASIK surgery requires a thin flap to reshape the cornea, PRK removes the outer layer of the cornea completely. In both scenarios, the flap grows back over time.

Is LASIK painful?

No. LASIK eye surgery is not painful at all. Before the procedure, the surgeon will place numbing eye drops in both your eyes and only proceed when the solution takes effect. You may still feel slight pressure during the surgery, but there will be no pain.

How do I choose the best LASIK eye clinic? 

To choose the best LASIK eye clinic, you will have to keep the following points in mind:

  • The reputation of the clinic
  • The ophthalmology department
  • Technology, diagnostic and surgical equipment used to perform LASIK
  • The success rate of the clinic along with the patient satisfaction record
  • The quality of the medical services and price
  • Reviews of the clinic
  • The location of the clinic

Consider all these aspects while making a decision and you will be able to choose the best eye care clinic to undergo LASIK surgery in Gurgaon.

How much does LASIK cost in Gurgaon?

The cost of LASIK surgery in Gurgaon ranges from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 1,10,000 approximately. The exact cost depends on multiple factors, such as the severity of the refractive error, doctor’s fee, hospital charges, type of LASIK, etc. Therefore, the final cost will vary for each patient.

Can LASIK surgery damage your eyes? 

LASIK surgery can cause dryness, flap problems, regression of the vision, and sudden vision changes/loss. However, these are temporary side effects of LASIK. The chances of LASIK permanently damaging your eyes or affecting the vision are rare.

Does insurance cover LASIK surgery ?

LASIK surgery is covered under insurance only under certain conditions, i.e., if your eyes refractive power is higher than or equal to 7.5 diopters. If the refractive error is lower than this limit, the insurance providers won’t approve the claim and you’ll have to bear the expense of vision correction from your own pocket.

What is the best age to undergo LASIK eye surgery? 

Though LASIK surgery can be performed at any age group, doctors often recommend that the ideal age range for LASIK is between 25 to 40 years. This is because the eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions usually stabilize by the age of 25. And a stable prescription is the eligibility criteria for a LASIK candidate.

Is LASIK permanent?

Yes. LASIK is an effective solution for blurry vision or refractive errors. It reshapes the cornea to reduce the eye power and gives a long-lasting effect. However, LASIK cannot prevent further changes in the cornea. You may notice minor changes in vision in the future due to your new eye power.

Is LASIK good for the eyes? 

There is no doubt that LASIK surgery is good for the eyes as it helps to restore vision problems effectively. It is a minimally invasive treatment that takes around 15-20 minutes and gives around 10 years of freedom from spectacles and contact lenses.

What is the success rate of LASIK?

The success rate, as well as the patient satisfaction rate of LASIK vision correction, is higher than 96%. It can help the patients to achieve 20/20 vision in most cases with minimal complications.

Which insurance companies provide coverage for LASIK eye correction? 

Almost all major health insurance companies provide ample coverage for vision correction, specifically LASIK eye surgery. The companies are:

  • Star Health Insurance
  • New India Health Insurance
  • Aditya Birla Health Insurance
  • Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance
  • Care Health Insurance
  • Manipal Cigna Health Insurance
  • Max Bupa Health Insurance
  • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
  • ICICI Lombard
Is the cornea test before LASIK important?

Yes. The corneal thickness test is a very important test to determine the suitability of the person to undergo LASIK surgery. It is because the surgeon has to remove the corneal tissues to reshape the cornea and correct the refractive errors. If there are not sufficient corneal tissues, you won’t be eligible for LASIK operation.

Get Most Advanced LASIK Surgery in Gurgaon

According to several studies, almost 80 percent of people in India suffer from eye diseases that are easily curable. The most common ones are cataract and refractive errors such as myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. Although blurry vision can be improved by a pair of glasses and contact lenses, more and more people in Gurgaon are opting for LASIK treatment. Lifestyle in Gurgaon has changed rapidly over the past decade. A working individual in Gurgaon has to spend more than 10 hours a day staring at the screen of a laptop or smartphone. This gives rise to common conditions such as nearsightedness or far-sightedness. The phenomenon is more common in children of Gurgaon due to increasing screen team and lack of natural light. At Pristyn Care, you can opt for the most advanced corrective surgical procedure for eye- laser eye treatment or LASIK surgery that guarantees effective results.

Top 5 Benefits of Choosing LASIK Surgery

Now that you have understood LASIK surgery is a better option, here are the 5 primary reasons that summarizes the advantages of choosing LASIK surgery.

  • LASIK is a minimally invasive procedure in which there are minimum cuts and incisions made during the surgery. Therefore, there are minimum chances of side effects occurring.
  • LASIK surgery improves the vision within a couple of hours. Evidently, almost 96% of patients achieve 20/20 vision after the LASIK surgery.
  • The need for wearing contact lenses or spectacles is reduced considerably. Due to enhanced vision, you do not need to wear spectacles or contact lenses anymore.
  • It is an absolutely safe procedure to undergo. The United States Food and Drugs Administration has given its approval in considering LASIK surgery.
  • The results are long-lasting. Unless the prescription of the patient changes, the outcomes of the LASIK surgery continue to stay so.

Why Choose LASIK Surgery from Pristyn Care?

Pristyn Care’s treatment for blurry vision is planned around the patient’s individual needs. Here are some of the benefits of choosing Pristyn Care for LASIK surgery in Gurgaon.

  • Safety measures followed- We are taking every possible measure to ensure the safety of our patients at our clinics as well as partner-hospitals. Some of these are thermal screening, regular sanitization, sanitizers kept for patients, wearing PPE kits and masks, etc.
  • Free cab facilities- We provide free pick up and drop services on the day of the surgery to all our patients undergoing LASIK treatment in Gurgaon.
  • More than one financing option available- For the ease of our patients undergoing LASIK surgery, we offer more than one option to finance the entire procedure. One such option is zero cost EMI.

When LASIK surgery is not advisable for the patient?

LASIK surgery is not advised to a patient if they have any of the following:

  • An eye disease that can cause the cornea to become thin and bulge out.
  • A fairly good overall vision
  • Severe nearsightedness
  • Large pupils and thin cornea
  • Age-related eye changes that cause vision to become dim
  • Participation in contact sports where they can get a direct blow to the face

In all these situations, the eye specialist will recommend an alternative treatment method to correct vision problems.

How to prepare for LASIK Eye Surgery?

  • If you are an eligible candidate for LASIK surgery, the eye specialist will advise you to follow the tips below and to take some precautions to ensure that there are no complications during the procedure and your eyes respond well to the treatment. These tips include:
  • Stop wearing the contact lenses before having LASIK. If you wear soft contacts, you’ll have to stop at least a week before the surgery. And if you wear hard contacts, you will have to stop wearing them at least a month before the procedure. This is important because wearing contact lenses can alter the shape of the cornea and affect the results.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes as you’ll be undergoing surgery in those same clothes. It is important that you follow this advice and wear clothes that are appropriate to wear in the operating room as well.
  • Ask your friend or family member to drive you back from the surgery center. Though you won’t be asleep during the procedure, the anesthesia will still have some lingering effects. Therefore, it is not safe for you to drive yourself.
  • Avoid wearing any makeup, perfume, or lotions on the day of surgery as these products act like contaminants for the face.
  • Do tell your surgeon about your medical history and any medication you are allergic to. This may impact the outcome of the surgery and the precautions you’ll have to take after surgery.

Benefits of LASIK Eye Treatment

LASIK treatment has become a popular way to restore clear vision in patients over the years. This is because it has many aspects that are beneficial for the patients. The key benefits of the LASIK eye treatment are:

  • Improved Vision- The patient can achieve 20/20 vision or perfect eyesight after LASIK.
  • Safety- The latest advancements and innovations in laser vision correction procedures make the surgery safer and precise.
  • Faster Healing- Being a minimally invasive surgery, LASIK has less downtime for the patient and the healing is also quick.
  • Minimal Complications- There are very few complications of LASIK surgery and even those ones can be managed with certain medicines or precautionary steps.
  • Less Expensive- Compared to the amount of money you spend on contact lenses, frames, and contact solutions over the years can easily make up for the expenses of LASIK surgery. And you’ll save more money when your vision is clear and you no longer need visual aids
  • Additional Adjustments- Another great benefit of LASIK is that if needed, you can undergo the procedure again to further adjust your vision if it changes.

Due to all these advantages, people are becoming more inclined to LASIK and other latest forms of vision correction too.

What are the different types of LASIK surgery?

As there are different types of LASIK eye surgery available, patients often have a hard time determining which laser procedure is the best for the eyes. LASIK itself is a type of refractive surgery that is performed with the help of a laser. People have heard many names for LASIK, such as Femto LASIK, Contoura LASIK, Smile, etc.

However, you should understand that the primary difference between these types of surgeries is the type of laser used. It is either an excimer laser or a femtosecond laser that is used to carry out the procedure or the technique is slightly different.

But there are many other types of refractive surgeries that can help a person to correct vision problems. These different types of vision correction procedures are:

  • LASIK- It can help to treat myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. LASIK is one of the most popular refractive surgeries and comes under blade-less procedures as a laser is used to cut the corneal flap.
  • PRK- Photorefractive Keratectomy was the first technique that involved using lasers to correct vision problems. It can help to treat myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia but not hyperopia. The key difference between LASIK and PRK is that it is done by removing the outer layer of the cornea whereas, in LASIK, only a small flap is created and lifted to reshape the cornea.
  • ASA- Advanced Surface Ablation is similar to PRK but uses Zeiss excimer laser to ablate the cornea and reshape it to provide clear vision. It can treat myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
  • LASEK- Laser-Assisted Subepithelial Keratomileusis is also similar to PRK. But unlike PRK where the flap is created and removed, in LASEK, the flap is created and pushed to the side of the cornea where it remains attached to the eye. After surgery, the flap is repositioned and a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye to keep the flap in place as it heals. It can be helpful to treat myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. But you should know that LASEK is not USFDA-approved.
  • EPI-LASIK- Used for correction of myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, EPI-LASIK is another variation of PRK. The flap of the outer layer of the cornea is created with the help of a special tool called an epithelial separator. It is also not approved by USFDA.
  • LBV- Laser Blended Vision is a technique that helps to correct presbyopia only. It treats the dominant eye for distant vision and the non-dominant eye for near vision. It is a US FDA-approved technique.
  • SMILE- SMILE stands for small incision lenticule extraction which is a new blade-free technique that uses a femtosecond laser to create a lenticule shape in the corneal tissue. The lenticule size and shape are adjusted to correct the refractive error of the patient. It is not approved by the FDA for myopia of less than 1 Diopter and neither for astigmatism or hyperopia. Therefore, it can only be used to treat high myopia.

Other than these techniques, there are other laser-based procedures that can correct refractive errors and treat other eye disorders like cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc.

Recovery & Post-Surgery Care After LASIK

You should understand that undergoing LASIK surgery is not enough to get the desired results and correct all the vision problems effectively. The most crucial thing is the recovery period. In the first few days, your eyes will itch, feel gritty, burn, or become watery. Your vision may also take 24-48 hours to stabilize. And the corneal flap will take even longer to heal completely.

The complete recovery time after LASIK is around one month during which you’ll have to take many precautions and follow the doctor’s advice strictly. If you don’t follow the doctor’s instructions, there is a possibility that your final outcome of LASIK won’t be exactly what you hoped for.

Here are some common post-surgery care tips that will help you to recover quickly and get the best results from LASIK:

  • Do not touch or rub your eyes as it can cause irritation
  • Apply eye drops as directed by the doctor for faster healing and to reduce side effects like dry eyes.
  • Get the right eye protection device to keep dust, dirt, and even strong light away from the eyes.
  • Try to avoid direct sunlight and artificial light as well. Stay in the soft and dim light that soothes your eyes.
  • Avoid heavy exercises and all kinds of sports activities until your eyes heal properly.
  • Avoid soap for the first few days completely and don’t take showers or hot tub baths as well.
  • Give enough rest to your eyes and keep them away from the digital screen in the first week as much as possible.
  • Avoid wearing makeup, cream, or any other products with chemicals, including face wash.
  • Take follow-up with your eye doctor to monitor the eye’s recovery and to detect signs of potential complications.
  • An eye disease that can cause the cornea to become thin and bulge out.
  • A fairly good overall vision
  • Severe nearsightedness
  • Large pupils and thin cornea
  • Age-related eye changes that cause vision to become dim
  • Participation in contact sports where they can get a direct blow to the face
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