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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 Vadodara, you can visit Pristyn Care as we house the best ophthalmologists.

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Overview

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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

Before confirming the LASIK eye surgery, the eye surgeon or the ophthalmologist will do a detailed eye test to check both eyes. The eye specialist will also conduct a standard eye chart test to assess your vision. The doctor may also do a tonometry test by using a painless puff of air to flatten your cornea and to test the eye pressure. Additionally, the doctor may also put eye drops to enlarge the pupils so that it is easier to check the optic nerve and retina at the back of the eye and look for damaged areas. Apart from these, the eye doctor may also check for glare sensitivity or your perception of colors. Through these tests, the doctor will determine the most appropriate treatment LASIK method to restore your vision.

Surgery

At Pristyn Care, our eye specialists leverage advanced laser technology for the treatment of blurred vision. During the LASIK procedure, the doctor numbs the eyes using eye drops and an instrument called a lid speculum is placed in the eyes to keep them open throughout the surgery. An ink marker and suction ring are used to restrict the cornea movements as well. The flap is removed safely through a tiny incision to expose the cornea. The laser beam is used to remove corneal tissues bit by bit until it is perfectly shaped. Once the cornea is reshaped, the flap is placed back over the cornea without any stitches and left to heal naturally. The entire surgery takes only 20 to 30 minutes for both eyes and is done on an outpatient basis. The patient can go back home on the same day and need a few post-surgery follow-ups to ensure that their eyes are recovering properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is LASIK considered an advanced eye treatment?

LASIK eye surgery combines the precision of a laser with the corneal flap technique. Eye surgery delivers greater precision than any other form of eye surgery. LASIK surgery corrects your vision without any complications in a comparatively shorter time. Even after the surgery, the patient faces no complications and requires minimal post-operative care.

Can LASIK give me permanent results?

The results and outcomes of LASIK are long-term in most cases. But it is important to understand that an individual’s vision can still change after the surgery. That is why most eye surgeons and ophthalmologists advise their patients to undergo LASIK surgery after 18 years of age when major eye changes occur. The results of LASIK surgery are more likely to be long-lasting after the person achieves a stabilized vision.

Can I consult online with a Pristyn Care eye specialist in Vadodara for my eye problem?

Yes, you can consult with any of our eye specialists in Vadodara through online consultation. But eye surgeries require certain tests and diagnoses that cannot be done online. You can definitely have an initial online consultation with our eye specialists but if surgery or any other tests are needed, you have to visit the clinic or the hospital for better diagnosis and treatment.

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
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 Vadodara.

How much does LASIK cost in Vadodara?

The cost of LASIK surgery in Vadodara 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 your vision are rare.

Does insurance cover LASIK surgery cost?

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 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.

Where can I find the best LASIK surgeon in Vadodara?

You can find the best LASIK surgeon in Vadodara at Pristyn Care. We have a dedicated team of ophthalmologists who are all well-trained in the latest techniques of refractive surgery and have more than 15+ years of experience. Our doctors have performed numerous surgeries successfully and that’s why most people rely on them for vision correction.

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.

Is LASIK allowed in government jobs?

Many people who have low vision consider undergoing LASIK surgery to correct the refractive error. And after this correction, they hope they will be cleared in the medical test for NDA, Merchant Navy, Indian Navy, Police force, and other government jobs as well. But you should also know that low vision is not a deciding factor for these jobs as people with low vision are eligible to take the physical handicap benefit in terms of Section 33 of the PWD Act, 1995.

Myths & Facts around LASIK surgery?

Myth 1. LASIK eye surgery is very painful

Fact: LASIK surgery is not painful. Most patients feel a minimal sensation after the vision correction procedure. The patient might feel some amount of burnings sensation and pressure in the eye and nothing more than that. At Pristyn Care, the eye surgeon, as well as the ophthalmology team, will give you all necessary post-operative care tips to ensure you have a safe recovery after the surgery.

Myth 2. I can go blind after LASIK surgery.

Fact: There are no reports to date of any person going blind after undergoing LASIK surgery. The track record of LASIK surgeries performed at Pristyn Care to date speaks volumes of the effectiveness and success of LASIK treatment.

Myth 3: LASIK can be done in only one eye at a time.

Fact: LASIK surgery can be done in both eyes at the same time. You can undergo bilateral simultaneous LASIK surgery for both eyes at the same time. More than 95 percent of people choose to have LASIK surgery for both eyes done at the same time. But in case the LASIK doctor sees any complication while performing the surgery in the first eye, the doctor will not proceed with operating the second eye.

How to prepare for LASIK surgery?

The best way to prepare for LASIK surgery is to follow the suggestions of your eye specialist. At Pristyn Care, our ophthalmologist will thoroughly guide you through the procedure to ensure the best outcome.

  • Avoid wearing perfumes or any colognes with heavy fragrances on the day of your surgery.
  • Do not put heavy lotions on your face and body on the surgery day.
  • Do not wear eye makeup on the day of surgery as well as the day of diagnosis.
  • Wear loose-fit clothes on the day of surgery that keeps you comfortable throughout the day. Do not wear any heavy clothes or clothes made with wool or such fabrics.
  • There are no major diet restrictions in case of LASIK surgery before or on the day of surgery. But if you are taking any other medications, inform your doctor. If the doctor asks you to stop taking the medication, avoid it.
  • Do not consume alcohol on the day of your LASIK eye surgery. Consuming alcohol can make your body dehydrate and hamper your surgery, its outcome and may also delay your recovery process.
  • Avoid smoking a few days before your surgery. It can hamper the eye condition and irritate the eyes.
  • Arrange for alternative transportation or get someone who can help you reach the hospital on the surgery day and return home after the surgery.

What are the advantages of LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is considered to be one of the best and highly effective eye treatments for vision correction.

  • The individual can restore complete vision on the same day of surgery
  • No need for hospitalization
  • The surgery is completely safe
  • The procedure is quick and painless
  • No stitches are involved
  • The outcomes are as expected
  • Freedom from wearing eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Further adjustments can be made if required

Due to all these benefits, more and more people who suffer from blurred vision are opting for LASIK surgery to resolve the problem and get long-lasting results.

Consult experienced ophthalmologists at Pristyn Care to undergo safe and effective LASIK surgery.

To book an appointment with our eye specialists or expert LASIK surgeons in Vadodara, you can try any of the following methods:

  • Give us a call on the number given at the top and coordinate your appointment with our medical coordinators.
  • Click on the ‘Book Appointment’ option and fill in all the details before submitting the form. Our medical coordinators will get back to you at the earliest to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
  • Download the Pristyn Care Patient Care application on your phone and pick a doctor of your choice. Book a slot and confirm the appointment.
  • Go to the For Patients category from the top menu and select the Online Consultation option to consult with our ophthalmologists from your home.

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 more 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 adjust your vision further 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.
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