Are you thinking about correcting your eyesight permanently? However, there are too many question marks in your mind? Heard from your friends about LASIK but not sure whether is that the truth? You may find your answer below:
Q1. How does LASIK or Refractive Surgery remove my short-sightedness and astigmatism?
First of all, you must understand why a person is diagnosed with refractive errors (e.g. short-sightedness, astigmatism and etc). Having refractive error means the light was not focused on the light sensitive tissue lining of our eye (retina), resulting in blurred image. By reshaping the outer part of our eye (cornea), the light can be re-focused on the retina and people who previously need eyeglasses or contact lenses, may not need that anymore.
How to reshape the cornea? By applying “cool” beam laser. This is how the term LASIK been established – Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.
Q2: Am I qualified to go for LASIK or Refractive Surgery?
Honestly speaking, we cannot answer you without a proper eye assessment. However, there are some general guidelines for those who are interested to get rid of their eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Healthy eye. There are no eye diseases or abnormalities present at the moment as it may affect your qualification. Any eye condition should be solved before the surgery.
- Stable eye prescription for at least 1 year. There should be ≤ 0.50 dioptre change in your eye prescription for the past 12 months. Patients who have significant change in their eyesight will be monitored and surgery day should be postponed until their eyesight is stabilized.
- Aged 18 years and above. Patients under 18 years old tend to have unstable eyesight and therefore, Refractive Surgery is usually not recommended for them.
- For ladies – you are not nursing or pregnant. Eye prescription may fluctuate in ladies who are expecting a baby or nursing due to the hormonal changes in their body.
- No Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjogren’s Syndrome may result in poor visual outcome and increase the risk of complications after Refractive
Q3: Will I get perfect vision after the procedure?
Though doctors strive to make the refractive error zero after Refractive Surgery, this may not always be possible. Refractive Surgery aims to reduce a person’s dependence on spectacle or contact lenses. No one can guarantee you a perfect vision after Refractive Surgery. Our vision may change with time regardless of any Refractive Surgery. Hence, even if one have had Refractive Surgery, he or she may still need eyeglasses at certain phase of life after the procedure.
Q4: Is LASIK or Refractive Surgery painful?
No, it is usually not painful. This is because the doctor will use anaesthetic drops to fully numb your eye before the surgery begins. During the process, you may feel some mild pressure sensation and temperature around the eye, but no pain at all. You will also be prescribed with eye drops to provide comfort after your surgery.
Q5: How much does a LASIK or Refractive Surgery cost?
The price ranges from $3500 up to $6500 in Singapore. It may be difficult to find a solid price about the procedure as there are different types of surgery which come with different pricing. A lot of people may choose the most economic treatment but we strongly advise you to choose the most suitable treatment for your eyes. A one-time off payment for a life-time vision, it is totally worth the money.