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Will my vision be 20/20 after I undergo LASIK?
Laser Vision Correction is done to reduce your total dependence on eyeglasses or spectacles. Because of the nature of vision correction surgery using laser and how the human body reacts to it, it is not possible for a surgeon to guarantee perfect vision after treatment. Almost all patient are extremely pleased with the results of laser vision correction surgeyr. Sugarland Eye and Laser Center will only accept you for treatment once we are confident that you will be happy with achievable level of independence from spectacles or eyeglasses.

Is laser vision correction surgery safe?
Any surgical procedures carries with it elements of risks and this also applies to laser vision correction surgery. Most people are most concerned with the vision loss after vision correction surgery. When proper testing is done, procedures are followed, and advanced technology is used, this is exceedingly rare. However, at Sugarland Eye and Laser center, tests are conducted to ensure that candidates are qualified for any treatments. Advanced technology is also used in testing to reduce unwanted results. Complications are very rare. It may take a few days or weeks for some of the more minor side effects to diminish. Rarely, certain side effects may continue indefinitely. Examples include eye dryness, glare, and halos. Our surgeon give the necessary time to discuss the procedure and what to expect with patients who want to have the laser vision correction surgery. The patient is free to ask all questions he or she wants to ask. This openness contributes to the success of each surgery performed.

What is the IntraLase method used in iLASIK?
The IntraLase method is the first step taken when treating patients using blade-free LASIK. This process involves the blade-free creation of the flap so that the corneal bed will be exposed. After the treatment, the flap is placed over the cornea again. Traditional methods require using metal blades to create the corneal flap. IntraLase uses laser light to creates microscopic bubbles. The bubbles are precisely inserted in a manner that separate tissues gentle to create a flap along the natural divisions in the cornea. It is folded to expose the corneal bed. This procedure is considered safer because there is very no possibility that the deeper areas of the eye will get damaged. It is also more comfortable and patient get better results.

Will I have difficulty seeing at night?
Some patients complain about seeing halos, glare and unclear vision at night. These are normal as the eye is healing and diminish with time. New technologies are also used to reduce the occurrence of these problems like Advance Customvue Technology, which treats other minute abnormalities that contribute to the difficulty of seeing at night. In fact, the use of Advanced Customvue Technology results in more people being very satisfied with their night vision than before with their glasses or contact lenses. Pupil size is another reason for problems regarding night vision. Modern laser have larger optical zones allowing treatment of most pupil sizes.

Does LASIK make your eye dry?
One of the effects of LASIK treatment is dryness of the eyes. This could last for 3 to 6 months. However, the discomfort can be reduced by using eye drops that can keep the eye moist and lubricated. Patients who are already prone to dryness of the eye can explore alternative laser vision correction procedures. Tests are also performed to make sure that patients who undergo LASIK do not have excessive eye dryness to start with.

Is it painful?
LASIK is not painful because anaesthesia is applied before the procedure. The eyes feel numb and no pain is felt. However, some patients say that they feel uncomfortable and that they sense the pressure exerted on the eyes. Mild irritation may also be felt within 24 to 48 hours after the surgery was performed.

Does the procedure take long?
It does not take long. Once cleaning and preparing the eye for surgery is done, it will only take a few seconds for the laser to be applied to your eye. However, you are given time to relax before and after the procedure. All in all, you might be spending about half an hour in the laser room.

Do I have to stay out of my contact lenses before I can have LASIK?
You will be instructed by your surgeon on what to do. Patients who use rigid or hard contact lenses must be off them three weeks prior to the treatment while those using soft contact lenses will have to take them off for one week before the laser surgery is performed.

Am I too young for LASIK?
The age limit for patients who want to undergo LASIK is 18. If the patient is using glasses or contact lenses, he or she must be wearing it for 12 months. Change in the prescription of the LASIK will affect the schedule for treatment because a patient must experience stability first before laser surgery could be performed.

Is it okay for me to have laser vision correction if I am pregnant or trying to conceive?
Vision is affected by the changing hormones in your body that is caused by pregnancy. It would be better for you to wait 3 months after you got pregnant or after you have stopped nursing your baby to have laser vision correction.

How long will my LASIK last?
Laser vision correction is usually long term. It is designed to improve your vision for a long time. However, young patients may have changes in their bodies that would call for enhancement or the use of eyeglasses or spectacles. Once a patient reaches the age of 40, some problems may occur and this possibility must be discussed with the patient’s surgeon.

Does monovision mean I never will have to wear reading glass again?
Not always. There are cases when one eye may not work well or may get tired fast. When this happens, you need to use spectacles or eye glasses, or contact lenses to help your eyes relax and to eliminate tiredness or fatigue.

By Amjad Khokhar