LASIK is one of a number of solutions for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. With LASIK, the Microkeratome is used to shave the cornea to create a flap. The flap then is opened to expose tissue just below the cornea’s surface. Next, the Excimer laser is used to remove ultra-thin layers from the cornea to reshape it to reduce nearsightedness or farsightedness and astigmatism. Finally, the flap is returned to its original position, without sutures.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a procedure in which the surface of the cornea is reshaped by an ophthalmologist using an Excimer laser.
Recommended Holiday Period : 2-3 weeks
- Must be at least 18 years of age and have had stable vision for at least one year.
- Have no corneal diseases or other eye diseases, Thyroid, SLE, and Keloid.
- Not be pregnant or breast feeding.
- Do not take any medication that effects hormones, such as, birth control, or acne medication.
- Please remove your contact lenses from your eyes (3 days before operation
for soft contact lenses and 7 days for hard contact-lenses)
- You must present yourself neat & clean before surgery (take bath, wash hair, no cosmetics/perfume, no earrings) for uninterruptible laser performances.
- Wear a loose shirt so you can take off your shirt easily after operation. (It is very important to keep eye-shields untouched)
- Do not forget to bring someone with you (so someone can guide you home after operation.)
- On the operation-date, if you suffer from any kind of illness, such as, fever, cough, eye inflammation/irritation, etc. please notify us before operation.
- Eyes Examination Process : The process takes approximately 2-3 hours for the examination. (The dilating medication affects the eyes from 4-6 hours, please bring sunglasses with you and take a taxi or have a friend or family member drive you.)
- Operative Process : The process takes 1 hour for preparation and about 1 hour for the operation (Laser Treatment). The patient is required to rest at home for the rest of the day and meet the ophthalmologist the next day to take off the eye-shields
- Follow-Ups : You will be required to meet with your doctor for post- operation observation visits in the following intervals; 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year respectively as given to schedule. (Normally after 2-3 weeks, ophthalmologist would allow you to follow up with your own ophthalmologist)
2 days (Operation day and next day to take off eye-shields) after your operation, you can begin normal activities except: Exercise, Hard Work, and Heavy Lifting. Refrain from doing anything that may cause Sweating; Sweat may cause infection.
The First Night after Operation
- If you feel sore or irritated after operation you will be required to take pain killer every 4-6 hours. You may the sensation of sand in your eyes, or have lots of tears, this is normal. It is necessary to have a good night’s sleep to reduce irritation. (You may take a sleeping pill).
- Do not remove you eye-shields in any case until you meet the doctor again next day. (remember your eye-shields are to protect your eyes during sleep)
- To wipe your tears (if you have any) use tissue-paper only around eye- shields.
- Be aware of hair (especially, long hair) can harm your eyes. Use hair-clips as a precaution.
- Keep eyes fully rested for 24 hours after surgery such as, refrain from watching TV, reading, driving, using computer, etc. to avoid eye-irritation.
- Do not rub/touch your eyes and continue to use eye-shields while sleeping for 7 days.
- During the 7 days avoid the following unclean places such as dusty, smoky environment, and water.
- Wear a loose shirt for at least 7 days to keep your eyes undisturbed while changing, no cosmetics for at least 3 days, no swimming for 1 month and use glasses to protect your eyes from the sun & wind.
Please note: This should be used only as a guide to your treatment. All specifics will be discussed with your Surgeon at the consultation.