Millions of people around the world have experienced the life-changing benefits of LASIK surgery. The laser eye surgery corrects refractive errors, reducing or completely 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. In order to provide the safest and most precise visual outcomes, Clearvision offers the latest, state-of-the-art technology. 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
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 unique vision correction needs or whether another procedure, such as implantable contact lenses, may be more suitable.
The LASIK Procedure, Step by Step
LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis. The eyes are first numbed using an anesthetic 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 new, improved 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
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, most are able to notice an improvement in their vision within a day or two of surgery.
See the Difference at Clearvision Eye Clinic and LASIK Centre
Dr. Ho and our team invite all prospective candidates to visit our practice and learn about our dedication to excellent patient care. To schedule an appointment, please call or email us today.