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How do I know if I'm a candidate?
The ideal candidate is over 18 years of age and has stable vision. LASIK treatment can correct a wide range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Anisometropia,is a condition in which a person has a large difference in refraction between both eyes and consequently is unable to wear glasses. LASIK is the recommend treatment modality for anisometropia even for those younger than 18 years.
 
Is there an upper age limit for laser eye surgery?
No! There is no upper age limit but you should not have cataract or other eye disease that can affect vision.
 
Do I need a second procedure for my astigmatism to be treated?
No, astigmatism is also corrected during the course of the LASIK procedure.
 
Can both eyes be done at the same time?
In virtually all cases, both eyes are done at the same session.
 
What kind of anesthesia is used during the treatment?
Numbing eye drops are used. Rarely, an oral medication is used to help with relaxation. No needles or intravenous drugs are used.
 
Can I see the treatment as it is being performed?
You will be "awake", but very relaxed. You will not be able to see any of the details of the treatment. You will see a number of lights, but the images will be blurred.
 
Will my eyes look different after LASIK operation?
No. Your eyes will look exactly the same.
 
Do I need to use eye drops after the procedure?
You will use eye drops for 1 week after your treatment, and artificial tears are recommended about 3 months.
 
What are the restrictions after Laser Vision Correction?
No swimming for one week , ideally 2 weeks and no eye-rubbing for two weeks. Also, avoid getting soap or water directly into your eyes. Usually, after Laser Vision Correction you will be on an antibiotic and soothing drops for one week. Eye makeup can be used after a week. Colored contact lenses are avoided for four weeks and preferablly after 6 weeks.
 
When can I drive after the LASIK treatment?
You should not drive the day of the treatment. After that, you may drive when you feel confident that your visual acuity and eye comfort allow you to drive safely. Almost all of our patients are able to drive the next day. They achieve a vision equal or better than driving license requirements (depending on their preoperative best spectacle corrected visual acuity.
 
What if I move my eye during treatment? What if I don't keep looking at the target light?
In addition to surgeon control, an extremely advanced eye tracker on our laser machines monitors eye movements and compensates faster than the eye can move. This safety feature is not present on all lasers. With any large deviations, the eye tracker will simply stop the laser ablation and restart the process when the eye is perfectly aligned. The laser is designed to pick up where it left off. Although eye movement is a concern of many patients, those who have experienced the LASIK laser vision correction procedure rarely note a problem maintaining fixation throughout the short laser ablation time.
 
What if I blink?
A small device will be used to keep your lids open and prevent blinking. There is no way you will be able to blink and hurt yourself or your visual outcome.
 
How long will the lasik procedure take?
Lasik operation takes about 4 to 5 minutes for an eye. The actual laser time is in term of seconds.
 
Will my eyes be patched?
No! Your eyes will not be patched after the LASIK operation. You will wear eye transparent shields at bedtime for the first night after the procedure for protection.
 
How soon after surgery will I see well?
On the second day for most patients but each patient is different. The eye drop medications cause some blurring, also there is extra water within the cornea after the LASIK treatment, however many patients notice a dramatic improvement as they leave the office.
 
Can I have LASIK if I had a previous corneal transplant or radial keratotomy?
With a skilled surgeon, as our surgeons at Roayah, the answer is yes. Most reports of LASIK after the corneal transplantation have been excellent. With previous RK, LASIK treatment can give good results. However the procedure may be complicated if the flap separates at the previous radial incisions.
 
What results can I expect from LASIK?
Numerous studies have been published about the subject. Even the most pessimistic studies state that at least 90% of all the LASIK patients achieve a vision equal or better than driving license requirements. All of our existing LASIK patients (without any preexisting eye disease such as lazy eye, retinal diseases etc.) see far better than these requirements.
 
Is the effect of LASIK permanent?
Yes. Following an initial healing period of three to six months, the effect of the treatment is life-long. Rarely, a minimal regression might occur People often ask how long the benefits of their procedure will last. The first nearsighted patient's eye ever treated with laser vision correction was in the United States in 1987. That patient achieved 20/20 vision following treatment and is still 20/20 more than a decade later. Today, most experts around the world are confident that they will discover no long-term problems with laser vision correction. Based on the excellent results seen to date, laser vision correction has become the most commonly performed refractive procedure in the world.