LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis; more commonly known as Lasik surgery, is a form of refractive keryomyolysis which is a specific type of refractory defect resulting from the misalignment of the cornea.
With the advent of newer technologies, Lasik surgery is now considered one of the most sought-after surgical procedures worldwide Know more. A recent study by the British Journal of Ophthalmology reported that almost nine out of 10 people surveyed wished to have LASIK eye surgery. But the question that everyone wants to know is how long a Lasik surgery will take.
After Lasik Surgery
As mentioned above, Lasik surgery can be performed for various different types of refractory conditions such as myopia (myopia cause nearsightedness or farsightedness), hyperopia (hyperopia cause astigmatism) and astigmatism; however, all three are merely refractory conditions of the eye.
For those individuals wishing to have Lasik surgery, the entire procedure takes only an hour and a half to one hour and a half at most. The length of time varies depending on the depth of the corneal ablation and the patient’s age, overall health, the nature of the problem, the extent of the ablation and the complexities involved in the procedure. Also, if there is dry eyes or dry eye syndrome in the patient, it could take longer for the patient to recover from the Lasik surgery.
The length of time needed to recover completely depends on the depth of the corneal tissue that needs to be treated and on the complexity of the underlying problem, which could be the presence of excess epithelial in the cornea or residual haemoglobin in the eye.
As long as the patient is alert, can follow the post-operative instructions given by his ophthalmologist, and does not have any lingering eye problems, he should be able to go back to work the next day – sometimes in the early hours of the following day. Once fully recovered, patients are advised to use their vision properly for several days before resuming normal activities.