If you are fed up wearing glasses or contact lenses then you will probably be interested in finding out whether LASIK surgery can improve your vision and leave you looking at the world without any artificial aids.
Following are 7 important points you should understand about Lasik surgery in Singapore before you go ahead with it.
1. Lasik is a costly and serious surgical procedure
Lasik surgery in Singapore costs about SGD 1300 for one eye and SGD 2500 for both eyes. Over the years Lasik cost in Singapore has dropped significantly but may still be beyond the reach of many Singaporeans. If you can’t afford to pay one lump sum for the treatment, you can also pay by installments as most of the Lasik clinics in Singapore offer such plans.
With the ease you can get this procedure done, it’s easy to forget that Lasik surgery involves the cutting of the cornea’s flap. Therefore Lasik surgery shouldn’t be entered into lightly, and you also should not be lulled into thinking that Lasik surgery is an entirely simple routine operation which carries no risks whatsoever.
There are plenty of these operations carried out in Singapore every year and most are completed with no problems at all. However, you should bear in mind the complexity and surgical nature of the operation before deciding to go ahead.
2. You will need some recovery time
Immediately after the Lasik operation you will possibly have slightly blurred vision, and your doctor will probably prescribe eye drops. After LASIK surgery, or any type of surgery really, you will need some recovery time. Post Lasik care includes resting your eyes for at least a couple of days and avoiding getting water or soap in them.
3. Lasik has a risk of complications
A couple of common Lasik complications and side effects which a patient could suffer are dry eyes and deteriorated night vision. Not everyone suffers from these conditions but they are common enough for you to take them into account.
Further complications can happen if your doctor needs to carry out tests on your eyes in the future. Glaucoma detection and cataract removal can be impaired due to previous Lasik surgery on the person concerned. Other complications can occur due to the fact that the cornea is weakened for the rest of your life following this surgical procedure.
4. Lasik doesn’t solve all vision problems
If you are over 40 you may need glasses for seeing things which are far away but also have problems seeing objects which are close at hand. This type of laser surgery will help you correct just one type of vision. This means that after Lasik treatment you may be able to do without your long distance glasses but that you still need your reading glasses.
5. Severe cases are more difficult
If you have a strong prescription for your lenses then Lasik surgery may not be able to fully correct your eyesight. What it may do is simply let you use a less powerful set of glasses. If you are very near sighted then you may need to have several operations – which are technically known as refinements – to achieve the best possible effect.
6. Deterioration can happen over time
It is not a case of simply believing that getting the eye surgery done is enough to cure your eyes for the rest of your life. After a while you can find that the improvement you noticed in the first few months following the treatment may begin to disappear.
7. Not all surgeons are equally good
It is in your best interests to find a surgeon who is fully qualified, suitably experienced and who is willing to talk you through each step of the process. If he promises you a 100% guarantee that you will walk away from his surgery with perfect eyesight then this is not a good sign, as no one can offer such guarantee with this type of refractive surgery. Each person is different and only after checking you out fully can he advise you on the best course of treatment and the likely success rate.