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Opting for LASIK

Health Today Magazine February'13 issue



LASIK is a safe and effective procedure to correct refractive error in appropriately selected patients. Evidence shows that it is effective for mild and moderate short-sightedness and long-sightedness. The common complications after LASIK are usually mild and easily being treated. Serious complication after LASIK is rare. The commonest complaint by patient after refractive surgery is dry eye. The dry eye is usually mild and transient. It can be treated with topical lubricating eye drop. Some patient may have over- or under-correction, and some may have regression of the refractive error after a few years. These can be treated with repeat LASIK. Some patient may see halo or starburst  around light at night. This is due to large pupil at night, larger than the cut edge of LASIK flap, causing visual distortion. Patient can be examined for large pupil size in dim light pre-operatively and proper patient selection is made. Other more serious complications like infection, corneal ectasia (corneal thinning), and flap related complications are rare. You need to consult your doctor for complete eye assessment and discuss the benefit of LASIK. With strict inclusion and exclusion criteria, LASIK is a safe procedure.