Connector October 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 46 CONNECTOR.AE 47 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Lasik Surgery- What It Is, How It Is Done And Who Is It For Vision problems like nearsightedness, called myopia (distant vision is blurry), and farsightedness, called hyperopia (near vision is blurry), are common. To avoid straining the eyes and deal with vision issues, people usually opt for glasses or lenses, and those wanting a permanent solution opt for Lasik eye surgery. Lasik, short for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a widely performed procedure aimed at addressing vision issues. It stands as one of the most prevalent laser refractive surgeries and offers an alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses for vision enhancement. Let’s delve into the comprehensive process of Lasik, covering what occurs before, during, and after the procedure. Who Cannot Opt For Lasik? For Lasik, it is always advisable to consult your eye doctor before considering the surgery; however, you must also note that Lasik isn’t suitable for everyone. People with severe dry eyes, weakened immune systems, and autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoidarthritis, severenearsightedness, very large pupils, thin corneas, and advanced glaucoma cannot undergo Lasik surgery. Besides this, pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under 18 cannot undergo this surgery either. Commenting on the criteria for getting Lasik done, Dr. Imad Hakim, Consultant ophthalmologist in Cataract and Refractive vision correction (Lasik) at Moorfields Eye Hospitals UAE, says, “The patient should be aged 21 and above, have good corneal thickness, stable refraction for at least one year and good general eye health. Lasik is considered a safe procedure with a high success rate. However, as with any surgery, there are potential risks. Ensure that a thorough preoperative evaluation is done and choose an experienced surgeon.” Procedure To Follow Before The Surgery First and foremost, before the surgery, the doctor will evaluate your eyes, discuss your medical and surgical history, check your vision and decide whether you can undergo the procedure safely. During the eye examination, the doctor will check for eye infections, inflammation, dry eyes and other conditions. Besides this, your doctor will measure your cornea, noting the shape, contour, thickness and any irregularities. Once the check-up is done, your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits and answer all your questions. What Happens During The Lasik Procedure? It usually takes around 30 minutes for the doctor to perform Lasik surgery. During the surgery, patients lie back in a reclining chair, and numbing drops are put in the eye. The doctor starts the surgery by opening the eyelids and placing a suction ring on the eye, before cutting the corneal flap. Using laser, your doctor will make a thin flap in the cornea tissue and lift the layer