9 out of 10 people that you will come across, on average, have one or another type of eye vision defects like myopia (nearsightedness), hypermetropia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (misshapen cornea). A lot of people have such problems only in one eye, but most of them have bad eyesight in both eyes. To correct their eyesight and see clearly, most people opt for power glasses or lenses. There is another option of getting eye surgeries like LASIK, Contoura Vision, SMILE, etc., to correct the cornea and see clearly.
If you fall into the category of having both eyes with bad eyesight and want to go under surgery, you might have questions like, “Can I get eye surgery for both of the eyes on the same day? Are there any complications?” “Is it safe?” etc., then we have got your back. In the further sections, we are going to look at such LASIK-related questions and satisfy your curiosity so that you can decide what’s best for you.
LASIK: Is It Safe for My Eyes?
A lot of people are not aware of LASIK in detail. Let us go through what LASIK is, how it is performed, its side effects, and all the details.
In LASIK, also known as laser in-situ keratomileusis, your cornea is reshaped with the aid of a laser so that the proper amount of light can be bent during the procedure, allowing you to see clearly. Depending on how much you pay, you can have various LASIK procedures, primarily bladed or bladeless Lasik surgery. You can observe the outcomes right away following a successful LASIK surgery.
There are specific requirements that you need to meet in order to get LASIK done. If you are older than 18 years old or don’t have the precise corneal thickness required for the procedure, you won’t be able to get it. Pregnant women and people with diabetes cannot get the surgery either. Additionally, you have to keep the same eye power for the duration of the two years.
How Much Time Does LASIK Take?
The maximum duration that LASIK surgery can take is 30 minutes, 15 minutes for both eyes, excluding the pre-operative and post-operative procedures. Pre-operative procedures include checkups and tests to make sure you are safe to have the surgery, whose duration depends upon the number of tests that your surgeon has told you to get. Post-operative steps include taking care of your eyes and taking proper medications.
Can Both of My Eyes Have LASIK on the Same Day?
If you have standard myopia, hypermetropia, or astigmatism, i.e., you do not have any complications, you can get the surgery done for both eyes in a single surgery. However, it is advised that you have one eye operated on first if you have any complications or are having presbyopia-related surgery. Although LASIK may not be risky, keep in mind that it also has its own set of complications. Performing the procedure on one eye first to assess the results may be less risky. Your surgeon will then decide the best way to proceed with the second eye.
What are the Advantages of getting LASIK done for both Eyes on the Same Day?
As discussed, it is best to get the surgery done for both eyes on the same day if there were no complications that came up during your pre-operative procedures. The advantages of this include less time to heal. The healing and recovery time of LASIK is usually 2 -3 days. If you get surgery for both eyes on the same day, both eyes will heal together and take less time as compared to the time taken to recover from individual surgeries. This also means you won’t be away from your work for too long. It is convenient to get the surgery on the same day so that you won’t have to go through the whole procedure twice.
Every person has different eyes and different conditions. After undergoing pre-operative procedures, if there are no complications associated with your eyes, then the best thing to do is to get the surgery for both eyes on the same day or else one eye at a time.