- If you wear soft lenses it is advisable to stop wearing them for 1 week before the pre-operative consultation but if it is not possible for you to stop wearing them for 1 week then the minimum that you should stop them for is 3 days.
- If you wear hard/ gas permeable lenses it is advisable to stop wearing them for 2 weeks or for a minimum of 1 week prior to the pre-operative consultation.
- For Hyperopia the range of error that can be treated is +6.00DS.
- For Myopia the range of error that can be treated is 100- 1500.
- For Astigmatism the range of error that can be treated is -6.00DS.
- Because there may be some changes in the shape of the cornea or lens during pregnancy as a result of the hormonal changes it is not advisable to have laser vision correction as it will lead to a risk of inaccuracy.
- However you can consider having the surgery 3months after your delivery and there is no need to be worried about not being able to breast feed after the surgery, it is totally fine.
- Laser vision correction is not known to be harmful to a foetus/ an unborn child.
- Common side effects are dry eyes, light sensitivity, glare and halos during the initial weeks, but most of these side effects will subside over time.
- Blindness could occur if a serious complication such as infection or scarring occurs. A situation like this is rare as antibiotic eye drops are prescribed as a routine to prevent such complications.
- You can be assured that EEC’s staff and doctors are trained and experienced in LASIK surgery.
This depends on whether you are doing the pre-LASIK assessment and surgery on the same day or if you are doing this on a separate day.
- For pre-LASIK Assessment and Surgery to be done on the same day:
- The pre-LASIK assessment will take about 2 to 3 hrs as you will be required to undergo tests, scans, and for your pupils to be dilated. After which, if you are found suitable for the procedure, you will need to wait between 4 to 6 hours for your pupils to constrict in order to proceed with the surgery on the same day. Pre-surgery preparations will take about 30 mins and surgery time for both eyes will be between 10 to 20 mins.
- For Assessment and Surgery to be done on different days:
- In general, the pre-LASIK assessment will take about 2 to 3 hr from start to finish. On the surgery day, pre-surgery preparations will take about 30 mins and the surgery time for both eyes will be between 10 to 20 mins.
Local anaesthetic eye drops will be administered throughout the surgery so there is no pain during the procedure, just some pressure-like sensation that may be felt at times.
- Patients usually experience functional vision within 24 hrs and thereafter their vision will gradually improve over the next few days. Please note that vision stability will vary from person to person. Some individuals may take 1 month while others can take up to 3 months for their vision to stabilize.
- For Epi-LASIK surgeries, the recovery period would usually be between 5 days to 1 week, and 1 to 3 months for your vision to stabilize.
- Yes, both eyes can undergo LASIK surgery on the same day.
- We can perform the surgery on a separate sitting if you wish. After the first surgery is done, you can do the second surgery on the following day or one week later.
- However, performing the LASIK surgery on separate days is not advised as you may experience giddiness and discomfort due to imbalance of vision during the interim period between the firstand second eye. There were initial concerns regarding the safety of simultaneous LASIK being performed on the same day but it has been shown that there is no significant increase in risk compared to LASIK done on a separate sitting. In fact, simultaneous LASIK offers convenience and significant reduction in downtime.
In general, normal activities can be resumed after 1 week, but please refrain from swimming or water sports for 2 weeks. In addition, for LASIK surgery patients, we would advise you to avoid contact sports for 1 month to avoid accidental injury to the eye which may affect the corneal flap.
Yes you can, but preferably travel at least 5 days after your surgery.
- For Bladeless LASIK or ReLEx Smile surgery about 2 to 3 working days.
- For Epi-LASIK surgery about 5 working days.
- Yes, a medical certificate will be given according to the type of surgery that you undergo.
- No, LASIK does not weaken your eyes significantly..
- A flap will be present after LASIK is done. In both LASIK and EpiLASIK, the cornea is thinned down to a safe limit to prevent and rule out long term risks.
- In some cases with undercorrection or overcorrection after the initial laser treatment, an enhancement surgery can be performed. This enhancement surgery can be done about 4 months after the LASIK procedure.
- This time interval is to allow stability of the refraction to be achieved before enhancement surgery is performed.
- Yes, you can still wear spectacles if the treatment doesn’t give you satisfactory results.
- It may not be possible to wear soft contact lenses in all cases as the shape of the cornea has been changed by the laser surgery. Hard contact lenses (Rigid gas permeable lenses) however, can be fitted for all post LASIK cases.
- On the other hand, we can also plan an enhancement surgery to help improve your vision.
Laser vision correction is permanent. There might be fluctuations in vision in the initial 3 to 6 months while the eye is healing but thereafter, the result will be permanent.
- 1st day post operation
- Within 1st week post operation
- 3 mths post operation
- 6 mths post operation
No you can’t use your Medisave unless the LASIK surgery was done due to health issues and not for cosmetic purposes.
- To determine if you are a suitable LASIK candidate, you have to make an appointment with us for a thorough pre-LASIK assessment. Without examining your eyes physically, there is no other way to tell if you are a suitable candidate for the surgery.
- The general criteria that you must fulfil would be that you have to be older than 18, that you are not pregnant, that you have no Cataract, Glaucoma or any retina diseases. Further tests will then be needed to determine degree, cornea shape and thickness for a true LASIK suitability determination.
Not to worry, there is a standalone backup power supply in our clinic which will allow for a safe completion of surgery at any point in time.
Yes, you will be able to see immediately after the surgery but it will be fuzzy. Your vision should gradually improve over the next following days.
- Yes, it can treat astigmatism.
- Yes, it can treat long-sightedness but it depends on the individual. We also cater to individuals with long sightedness and presbyopia.
- A flap is created during LASIK surgery whereas Epi-LASIK surgery does not require any flap.
- In addition for Epi-LASIK surgeries, patients may experience slight pain/ discomfort and a slightly slower recovery compared to LASIK surgeries.
- Epi-LASIK is suitable for patients with thin corneas and those active in contact sports.
- ReLEx SMILE stands for Refractive Lenticule Extraction, Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. It is an all-laser refractive surgery procedure designed for the correction of myopia. This is currently believed to be a new alternative to conventional Bladeless LASIK.
- In SMILE surgery, a femtosecond laser cuts a lens-shaped layer (a lenticule) from within the cornea. The lens is removed through a LASIK type flap, or removed through a small keyhole incision (Smile), done using one laser.
- Reversibility of this procedure is still in its experimental phase right now, as repositioning such thin tissues back to the eye is may induce astigmatism or irregularities. Researchers have not conducted the trials to prove suitability of the re-implantation process for humans so actual success of reversibility cannot be proven as yet.
Eagle Eye Centre will evaluate and determine which procedure is best for you. We will inform you of the benefits and risks of each procedure, and answer all of your questions regarding the procedures.
If you’re interested in EPI-LASIK, schedule a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for EPI-LASIK, LASIK, or another refractive surgery treatment.