Safety precautions for successful Laser eye surgery

20 Nov 2012

Laser eye surgery is an effective solution to sight problems. With its high success rate, the procedure frees patients from restrictions that are brought about by long-sightedness, short-sightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism. After Lasik surgery, you do not have to worry about broken or misplaced glasses, lost eye contacts or avoiding some of your favourite activities. The procedure reshapes your eyes' cornea permanently, offering immediate results.

An outpatient procedure, Lasik is safe and quick, lasting less than an hour and performed with highly specialised equipment. Nevertheless, it is delicate and must be performed by a skilled, qualified Laser eye surgeon. Safety Precautions with Laser eye surgery are therefore extremely important to avoid infections and other side effects.

As a precaution, Laser eye surgery at Optilase begins with tests to determine suitability of a patient for the procedure. Prepare your eyes by avoiding wearing hard contact lenses about three weeks to the examination. The tests mainly involve mapping the cornea and measuring the thickness of the cornea, checking the prescription level and the degree of correction needed. Your eyes should be free of other diseases and in good shape to undergo the surgery.

Once you are booked for the procedure at any of our Optilase clinics, you are advised on pre-operation care and all your questions are addressed. On the day of the surgery, you should not forget to take any prescribed medications. Dress comfortably, avoid eye makeup and heavy jewellery and have a light meal. You will also need to have someone accompany you to drive you home after laser eye surgery.

At the Optilase Laser eye clinic, patient safety and comfort is of highest priority. Laser eye surgery is performed using advanced technology in a safe environment. Our team strictly observes safety precautions with Laser eye surgery. An important factor that determines the success of Lasik surgery is the surgeon's skill. Our respected Laser surgeons have high levels of expertise and experience carrying out the procedure. So far, more than 40,000 Laser surgeries have been performed at Optilase with high success rates as reflected in our 2011 patient satisfaction survey in which 99 percent of them said they would recommend our services to others.

During the actual surgery, local anaesthesia is administered for your comfort. Your eyes are positioned in place and a tiny incision is made on the cornea. The cornea is then folded back and a Laser beam is applied to reshape the cornea then it is replaced back to its normal position.

Precautions should also be observed after Laser eye surgery. Healing after Laser eye surgery is generally fast though it varies from patient to patient. Some discomfort is normal after surgery, including dry eyes and sensitivity to light. You may need to use eye drops for relief from dry eyes and avoid glaring lights.

You need not worry if you experience any eye problems after the surgery. Call our 24-hour helpline for advice and support. On recovering, you will likely notice remarkable improvements in your eyesight. You will no longer need your contacts or glasses, find it easier to read and drive and your performance in sport will improve. Overall, your newfound freedom will boost your confidence and self esteem.

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