September 29, 2007

LASIK at Asian Eye Institute Part 1

When I went home for vacation last July -August, I had a LASIK surgery at Asian Eye Institute. I've been contemplating to do it in order to reduce my dependency on eye glasses or contact lenses. But then, I’ve always had reservations because no matter how simple LASIK procedure may seem, it’s still a SURGERY and there are risks associated with LASIK.

So what convinced me to do it? There are people I know personally who have done it. After talking to them about their experience and hearing positive feedbacks and encouragement, I decided to give it a go. Initially, my plan is just to undergo the screening and have the surgery in my next vacation but fickle minded as I am, I proceeded with the surgery for two reasons.

First, if I do it in my next vacation, I will need to repeat the screening. I was scared that I might not be qualified anymore by that time.

Second, my spectacles already need replacement. If I delay my operation, I need to buy new eye glasses and contact lenses. I normally use transition lenses to have instant sunglasses when I’m out in the sun while for contact lenses, I use the toric type because of my astigmatism. These things plus a nice, durable frame can be expensive. Instead of spending a few thousand of pesos for something that I will replace/discard later on, I thought I’ll just use that money for my surgery to correct my vision permanently.

So what is LASIK?

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. A knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middlesection of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced

To know more about LASIK, visit the US FDA website.

So there I go, when I finally decided, I called Asian Eye Institute and set-up an appointment , had my screening and the surgery.

Related Posts:

LASIK at Asian Eye Institute Part 2

LASIK Video Clip

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