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1) What is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive Surgery is a surgical correction of the eye performed by remodelling of the corneal curve with the help of an excimer laser aiming to overthrow or lessen dependency on glasses and contact lenses. A successful refractive eye surgery can eliminate or significantly reduce visual impairments like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

2) Is LASIK for me?

The most important factor for being a good candidate for a Lasik operation is the thickness of your cornea. The thicker the corneal tissue is, the greater are the chances for a successful Lasik operation. Of course you will need to go through a thorough examination in order the severity of your visual impairment and your candidacy for Lasik to be properly assessed.

3) What are the success rates of LASIK?

Success rates are assigned individually for each person after a full eye examination has been performed by an expert physican. The average success rate of patients with values up to 8 and without complication is 98 %. For values higher than 8, the rate is estimated at 95 %.

4) Is LASIK a safe procedure?

The safety of LASIK procedure is one of the top reasons for being so widely accepted and applied. Lasik is a surgery approved and acknowledged as safe by the FDA (U S Food and Drug Administration), an agency part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, responsible for protecting and promoting public health and known for its strict regulations and approval regime.

5) Is LASIK painful?

No. With Lasik there is practically no pain. Several anesthetic drops are applied prior to the procedure to eliminate any pain and discomfort.

6) Can LASIK hinder future eye surgery or eye treatment?

No. There is no problem for a person who has undergone Lasik operation in the past to have a cataract, Glaucoma or retinal surgery thereafter.

7) How long it takes to recover from LASIK?

Normally it takes less than 24 hours for patients to retrieve their functional vision and return to work the day after the treatment.

Recovery time however may differ from patient to patient therefore we recommend that you stay flexible on your work schedule after your LASIK procedure. If possible, we advise that you take it easy for a couple of days.

8) When will I be able to see clearly?

Almost all Lasik patients report to have experienced a dramatically improved vision immediately after the completion of the operation. During the first couple of weeks the vision may hesitate which is normal. Usually six to eight weeks are enough to have your vision completely stabilized. The time needed for the vision to clear depends on the severity of your previous prescription.

9) Are there any risks or side effects?

Possible side effects of a Lasik surgery are dry eye, glare, halos, starburst, fluctuating vision or poor night vision. Those symptoms normally improve over time and patient’s vision stabilizes within few months. Sometimes a small residual refractive error may remain resulting into under correction or overcorrection which can be improved by undergoing a second operation known as enhancement or touch-up. Most uncommon and serious complications include epithelial ingrowth and inflammation under the flap or flap dislocation. Most complications can be adjusted without any loss of vision.

10) What are the risks of Lasik regression years later?

Regression of vision after Lasik is statistically rare precedent, and is most often associated with the natural aging, rather than as a reverse effect of the Lasik surgery. Lasik regression is most likely to appear up to six months after the treatment, not years later. If this is the case the patient may undergo a re-treatment of the eye with enhancement surgery if the surgeon deems it necessary.

11) Can I do something to spoil the procedure?

Staying still during the procedure is important for the course of the operation. Patients are usually provided with tranquilizer to take off their anxiety and feel relaxed during the treatment. It is patient’s responsibility to remain calm during the incision of the flap. Should the patient move suddenly during the work of the microkeratome an irregular flap may be created that would result into ceasing of the operation. In this situation, the eye would need a period of few months to heal before the procedure can be performed again.

12) What if I blink during a Lasik procedure?

Even though you may want to close your eyes or blink during the procedure this will be prevented by a special string holding your eyelids back. It makes it simply impossible to blink. Remember that it is important to focus on the punctuate light for the laser part. Throughout the procedure proper alignment will be controlled with the help of a microscope. In case of the slightest misalignment the operation will be paused to be continued right after the alignment has been rectified. This shall not impede the integrity of the whole laser treatment process.

13) Will my health insurance cover the costs of a Lasik operation?

In most cases, health insurance does not cover LASIK procedure and it has to be paid in full prior to the operation.

14) How much does a LASIK costs? Can I afford it?

You can check the price list for all refractive surgery procedures offered in our clinics, uploaded onto our website. Please note that the most suitable treatment for you will be determined after the examination. Compared to the total costs of changing prescriptions and replacing eyewear almost each year, Lasik treatment is a procedure that achieves permanent results, pays off in the long run and is totally affordable.

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