If you have visual impairment problems, you may have considered abandoning your prescription glasses and contact lenses in exchange for a lifetime of improved eyesight. As much as this may be a common thought, some people may fear having a doctor operate on their eyes while they are awake.
If you are considering having LASIK eye surgery, it is vital that you understand more about the procedure, as well as the benefits.
Several studies suggest that 95 per cent of patients who undergo laser eye surgery have said that their visual acuity improves to 20/40 or better. While 85 per cent of patients have 20/20 vision afterwards.
Even though you will not be able to drive immediately after the procedure, you may be able to return to work after 24 hours. The recovery is quick and there are mainly no bandages or stitches required after the operation.
Surgery is quick
The entire procedure at our practice takes about 15 minutes for both eyes.
Allergy symptoms may be reduced
Several patients have reported they experienced fewer headaches and sinus issues after having LASIK surgery. Those who wore contact lenses also experienced less eye irritation.
The effect is permanent
Following an initial healing period of two to three months, the effect of the treatment is lifelong. You most likely won’t need to book follow-up procedures and will almost immediately see an improvement in your eyesight.
The procedure is painless
An advantage is that no needles are used to act as an anaesthetic. Numbing eye drops are used, and in some cases, oral medication is given to the patient to help with relaxation.
Value for money
Although this procedure requires an initial financial investment, patients will never have to spend money to repair or replace their contact lenses or frames again.
You may not need prescription glasses
Although many LASIK patients find they don’t need to wear prescription glasses at all, some patients may use reading glasses or distance glasses when driving at night. If you are still considering eye surgery, get in touch with Dr Sachin Bawa who will do a consultation with you, to determine if you are a good candidate.
About Dr. Sachin Bawa
Sachin Bawa is a founder of Dr. Sachin Bawa Cataract and Vision Clinic. He is a qualified ophthalmic surgeon for more than 9 years. He holds a medical degree from the University of Witswatersrand which he completed in 2004.