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What is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) treatment and what are its advantages?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser to correct the vision. It not only improves the vision but also improves the overall quality of life. Advances in refractive laser vision correction have provided patients with a number of options that allow them to reduce or eliminate their dependency on glasses and contact lenses. The most popular refractive procedure, LASIK, has successfully been performed on millions of patients worldwide.

The goal of LASIK is to improve vision to the point of reducing your dependence on glass. If a small degree of refractive error persists after the procedure, a re treatment i.e. the enhancement procedure can be done, in selected cases. The chances of regression are almost nil by this procedure but if it occurs, it can be re-treated.
For LASIK treatment, one should be at least 18 years old and demonstrate no change in spectacle number for at least one year. Presbyopia or near vision cannot be satisfactorily corrected by laser procedures. Patients who have undergone LASIK will get near vision glasses due to normal aging process.

Generally, both eyes are treated at the same sitting which is more convenient and least disruptive to the patient’s work and lifestyle. The LASIK procedure itself takes only about five minutes per eye but you may have to stay in clinic for about 30 minutes.

The LASIK procedure, as such is near painless. Some patients complain of mild discomfort after the procedure which can be easily controlled by medications. LASIK procedure is reasonably safe procedure. Problems, if at all they occur are minor and not visually significant. One can resume your work within 72 hours.

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