Lasik (stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular eye procedure in Malaysia to treat short-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. LASIK is an outpatient procedure. It will take 10 to 15 minutes to perform for each eye.
A typical LASIK procedure requires only anaesthetic eye drops. It is conducted as a day procedure and the patient is able to resume normal activities immediately.
Traditionally during LASIK, a special knife (a microkeratome) was used to cut a flap of corneal tissue from the outer layer of the eyeball. Now it has become common to use a different type of laser (femtosecond) to create the corneal flap. The flap is put aside and the excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue underneath.
The amount of tissue the laser will remove is calculated ahead of time. Once the reshaping is done, the surgeon replaces and secures the flap. No stitches are needed. The cornea will naturally hold the flap in place.
An eye shield or patch will be placed over the eye to protect the flap and to help prevent rubbing or pressure on the eye until it has had enough time to heal (usually overnight).
The US FDA and American Academy of Ophthalmology have developed guidelines and recommendations that indicate which people would be good candidates for LASIK.
- You should be at least 18 years old (21 in some cases, depending on the laser used), because vision continues to change in people younger than 18.
- Not pregnant.
- You should not have this procedure if you take certain prescription drugs, such as Accutane, Cardarone, Imitrex, or oral prednisone.
You should be in good general health. LASIK may not be recommended for patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye, or cataracts. You should discuss this with your surgeon.
Laser eye treatment prices or cost vary, dependant on the type of treatment recommended during your laser eye consultation. Most major cities in Malaysia (e.g. KL, PJ, Ipoh, Penang, JB) have laser eye surgery services available.
LASIK has commonly been performed in Malaysia since 1995. One of the earliest lasik centers in Malaysia is Optimax. Optimax has performed more than 80,000 procedures since then.
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