LASIK – Is It Safe?

Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK, is the most commonly performed eye surgery in Singapore to treat hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), and astigmatism. Like other types of laser eye surgery, LASIK aims to reshape the cornea to let the light, which passes through the eye, focus properly to the retina for clearer vision.

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If you’re among those people aiming to regain the perfect 20/20 vision, you must be looking into this eye surgery. Though it’s painless, you’re probably still in doubt of its safety. To better understand the procedure, here are some questions answered by LASIK Singapore surgeons.

1. “The eye surgery is described as quick and painless. How true is it?”
For most patients who have been though the procedure, they feel no pain during the process. However, minimal irritations may occur days after the surgery.

The lasik by clear vision in Singapore surgery starts by creating a flap in the cornea, and then the surgeon reshapes the cornea underneath the flap, which usually takes half an hour to get done. Patients will only feel the pressure without the pain. Clearvision also offers Epi-lasik which does not need to cut the flap.

Despite the simple procedure, however, it doesn’t mean that anyone with medical degree can perform it. Like any other surgery, the professional experience and license of the surgeon matters a lot in achieving best results.

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2. “How common are the complications?”
The eye surgery is made popular, and said to be one of the safest surgical technique, because of its very low complication rate. LASIK Singapore surgeons make sure that every patient is fit to undergo such surgery by performing a full comprehensive examination that will identify hazardous factors, such as thin corneas and dry eyes, which could increase the risk of post-operation complications.

3. “Who shouldn’t undergo LASIK surgery?”
There are people who are not qualified for the procedure. In fact, according to Singapore surgeons, about 20 percent of patients who have been evaluated are turned down because of high risk factors. Some of the common reasons why a patient isn’t qualified for the eye surgery include abnormally shaped corneas, high refractive errors (farsightedness or nearsightedness), dry eyes, cataracts, and eye problems due to diabetes.

However, the good news is that there are now alternative options, such as LASEK, cataract surgery, and corneal implants, if you’re turned down for LASIK surgery.

4. “What is the possible result for people considering this eye procedure?
Though LASIK is not for everyone, those who are qualified for the procedure can experience vision- and life-changing results. Same thing with any other surgery, if you’re considering this laser eye procedure, do extensive research beforehand and be wise in choosing a facility and your eye surgeon.

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Overall, the key to a safe procedure is in the selection of surgeon. Make sure you look for a licensed professional who has been in the practice for years. Don’t hesitate to ask for credentials and referrals. A reputable and competent eye surgeon will be confident in providing you references to check in with.

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