One of the most popular ways to correct vision is a procedure called LASIK(Laser in-situ keratomileusis), which uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea. It is used to correct or reduce moderate to high levels of nearsightedness (myopia), but not extremely high nearsightedness, astigmatism or farsightedness (hyperopia).
A micro-keratome glides across the cornea making an incision resulting in a flap.
The corneal flap is lifted up. In LASIK, the flap thickness is 130~160㎛. A laser reshapes the corneal curvature by ablation.
Reshape the corneal curvature by ablating with the laser.
1. The corneal flap is replaced in its original position.
Fast recovery!! Little or no discomfort!!
A quick visual recovery.
Little or no post-operative pain.
Early return to work.
Short period of medication
Easy retreatment.
Patients with low to moderate degree of nearsightedness.
Patients with low to moderate degrees of farsightedness.
Patients with low, moderate or high degrees of astigmatism.
Extremely thin cornea (less than 500㎛ corneal thickness)
Risk of corneal thinning after LASIK surgery (more than -14diopter prescription)
Too flat or steep corneal curvatures
Too small or sunken eye.
Corneal scarring.
Recurrent corneal diseases such as herpetic keratitis
Eye drops
Use 2 kinds of eye drops: antibiotic, anti-inflammatory as doctor’s prescribe.
Eye shield
Use an eye shield while sleeping for 1 week.
Face washing and bathing
Do not wash your face after the surgery or the next day. Washing your face must be done carefully for 2 days. Strong jets of water can disturb the eyes and soapy water may get into the eyes causing patients to rub their eyes.
You may visit a public bath, sauna, or steam bath 4 weeks after the procedure.
Make-up
Do not wear make-up for at least 2 days post surgery. Do not wear eye make-up for 10 days post surgery. You may perm or dye your hair after one month.
Driving
You may drive from the next day. But we recommend you should drive carefully for the first several days. If you experience a glare or halo at night, consult your surgeon.
Exercise
Do not participate in sports involving physical contact (e.g., soccer, basketball, etc.) for at least 1 month. You may do general exercise (jogging or weight-lifting) after 3 days. You may swim after 1 month. It is advisable to wear swimming goggles while swimming. You may experience increased dry eye after swimming. Patients must take care not to bump their eyes for at least 1 month.
Everyday life
Try not to rub or blink your eyes roughly for the first week following surgery. Don’t continuous read or watch TV, because you can feel eye fatigue faster than before the operation. Reading books or watching TV for 50 mins or less is possible. Reading and tv watching should be followed by 10 minutes of rest by closing one’s eyes or focusing on objects at 6 meter distances. It’s advisable to avoid alcohol for 1 week and to avoid intoxication for 1 month. Avoid gardening or going to places with a lot of dust for the first week following surgery. Smoking is possible, but your eyes may be sensitive to smoke.