Laser Vision Correction Procedures: The Difference
LASIK Laser Eye Surgery in Singapore
People around the world have experienced the benefits of LASIK surgery. The laser eye surgery corrects refractive errors, reducing or eliminating the need to wear corrective eyewear. LASIK patients can read a text message, watch television and enjoy their favorite sports, free from the burden of visual aids.
People seeking LASIK in Singapore put their trust in Dr. Tony Ho and the team at Clearvision Eye Clinic and LASIK Centre. Our entire team are dedicated to delivering compassionate, individualized care to our valued patients.
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK is designed to correct refractive errors affecting the cornea, which is the clear covering of the eye that focuses light on the retina. In a traditional LASIK procedure, first a flap is created on the surface of the cornea. Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea and improve the way light enters the eye and is focused on the retina. Then, the flap is restored to its original position over the eye, where it heals on its own.
Bladeless, flapless LASIK, otherwise known as Epi-LASIK, eliminates the creation of the corneal flap and flap-related complications. Instead, the outer layer of corneal cells, called the epithelial cells, is completely removed before the underlying tissue is reshaped. The epithelial cells regenerate in the days following the procedure.
Candidates For LASIK Eye Surgery
Suitable candidates for LASIK must meet the following criteria:
At least 18 years old
Nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism
In good physical and psychological health
No active eye infections or injuries
Maintain a stable vision prescription with no significant changes within the past six months to a year
Not pregnant or breastfeeding
If you are considering laser vision correction, Clearvision invites you to schedule an informational consultation. During the appointment, we will determine whether LASIK is right for your vision correction needs or whether another procedure, such as implantable contact lenses.
The LASIK Procedure, Step by Step
LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis. The eyes are first numbed using an anaesthetic eye drops.
In a traditional LASIK procedure, the surgeon begins by creating a flap in the cornea and gently folding it back to reveal the underlying tissue. In Epi-LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to remove the outer layer of cells, but a corneal flap is not created. Then, the laser removes small amounts of corneal tissue and carefully reshapes the cornea. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the cornea’s shape, he repositions the flap in its original place, or places a bandage contact lens over the eye to protect it, as the outer layer of cells regenerates.
Recovering From LASIK Eye Surgery
The LASIK recovery is relatively short and painless. Patients that opt for Epi-LASIK may have slight discomfort for a few days as the epithelial cells grow back.
Eyedrops should be used daily to prevent infection and inflammation in the eyes. Strenuous activities and contact or collision sports should be avoided for a few weeks to reduce the risk of accidentally hurting the healing eye.
Although the recovery time is different for every patient, generally patients are able to notice an improvement in their vision within a day or two of surgery.
See The Difference At Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre
Dr. Ho and our team invite all prospective candidates to visit our practice and learn about our dedication to patient care. To schedule an appointment, please call or email us today.