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Refractive Surgery (LASIK)

  • What is Refractive Surgery (LASIK)?

    Refractive surgery refers to any surgery that is done to correct a refractive error in your eye. A refractive error is present if you cannot focus your eye clearly, and need to wear glasses (spectacles) or contact lenses. The most common refractive errors are:

    • Myopia (short-sightedness) – Difficulty in seeing distant objects clearly
    • Hyperopia (long-sightedness) – Difficulty in seeing close objects clearly
    • Astigmatism – Distorted vision resulting from an irregularly curved cornea
    • Presbyopia – Age-related difficulty in reading or seeing close objects clearly

    Refractive surgery is usually done with a laser, which changes the shape of the cornea to correct the error in your vision. LASIK is an abbreviation for – ‘laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis’.

  • You may need to have refractive surgery if you have short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia and don’t want to wear spectacles or contact lenses. The benefits of refractive surgery are:

    • Quick recovery of vision
    • It is relatively pain free
    • It is a well-established procedure
    • It has very few complications
  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff at Gleneagles Hospital is committed to placing your needs  foremost. High-quality, customised healthcare has been our legacy for more than 50 years.

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