LASIK is a surgical procedure applied to reduce the person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses and takes its name from the initials of the Laser-Asisted In SituKeratomileusis (laser shaping of the cornea). In the LASIK method, the transparent corneal layer covering the front part of the eye, such as watch glass, is permanently reshaped with excimer laser to eliminate the existing refractive error. LASIK surgery has been successfully applied to more than 8 million eyes since the mid-1990s.
Excimer laser device has the ability to shape the cornea layer with an accuracy of 0.25 microns by using ultraviolet laser beam at 193nm wavelength. As a result of scientific researches, LASIK method has been found to be safe in myopia treatment – up to 10 diopters, in hypermetropia treatment up to + 6 diopters and in astigmatism treatment up to 6 diopters. However, depending on the eye structure of each person, the maximum degree of refraction that can be treated is different.
Lasik Surgery and After
In order to get the best results from LASIK surgery, you should stop using contact lenses as before the evaluation examination before surgery. It is important to discontinue use of all kinds of cosmetics such as make-up and perfume on the day before the surgery, as the residues on the bottom of the eyelashes increase the risk of infection.
Since your vision will not be very clear due to irrigation, stinging and sensitivity to light immediately after the operation, you should come with a relative who will help you on the day of surgery and have dark sunglasses with you. You will not need to take off your clothes during the surgery. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes when coming to the surgery and prefer shirt-style clothes instead of sweaters for ease of undressing after surgery.