Lasik is a quick and effective solution to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia or the loss of near vision. While it is regarded as a good alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses, there are things you need to consider before undergoing LASIK.
According to Asian Eye Institute LASIK/refractive surgeon Dr. Robert Ang, “It is important for interested patients to undergo a screening. We check the eye grade, corneal thickness, eye health, eye history and even the lifestyle of our patients. For those who have thin corneas, severe dry eyes, extremely high eye grade and other eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma and retinal disease, we offer options other than LASIK.”
Ideally, LASIK patients should be over 18 years old since vision at this age is relatively stable. Below 18, the eyes are still constantly adjusting and changing shape. Women who are pregnant or nursing are also advised to delay surgery.
Dr. Ang explains: “Their hormones may affect the shape of their cornea, which causes frequent changes in their eye grade. It is best to wait until their hormonal levels are back to normal and their eye grade is stable.”
In the past, LASIK could only be used to treat distance vision. Now, patients age 40 and up, or who have difficulty reading small text or doing close-up work or have had cataract surgery, can undergo Supracor, a laser treatment that can effectively improve both distance and near vision. Exclusively available at Asian Eye, Supracor enables patients to read or work on the computer without the need for eyeglasses.
Most LASIK patients notice immediate improvement in their vision after surgery and usually go back to work the following day.
However, Dr. Ang clarifies, “They may experience a little discomfort, especially when blinking, for the first 24 hours of the surgery. They may also see glare and halos around lights, but that is just normal and it will continue to improve within one to three months.”
He also dismisses the misconceptions about the effect of LASIK.
“LASIK is permanent, but it does not prevent the natural aging of the eye. So when they age, they may develop eye conditions, such as presbyopia, cataract, glaucoma and retinal problems, that may affect their vision.”
A good visual outcome depends not only on careful evaluation of the eyes before the surgery but also on the technology and the surgeon. Dr. Ang reminds patients that skills and experience are key factors that patients should consider when finding a LASIK surgeon.
“Cost should not be the sole basis of your decision. Ask the surgeon about how many surgeries they have done, how many patients have returned for enhancements and what technology they are using. At the end of the day, it is important that you know and trust your surgeon.”
Visit Asian Eye for LASIK screening today! Asian Eye offers LASIK and other refractive treatment options appropriate for your needs. For more info, call 898-2020. (Story/Photo by: Charizze Henson)