Vision & Health

LASIK Eye Surgery | Procedure, Side-Effect & Cost

LASIK , laser-assisted-in-situ-keratomileusis is a procedure to reduce refractive error by laser rays over the cornea, the black spherical part of eyeball. Need to know what is cornea, it is round, black part, it is naturally clear, no colour, it has reflection of iris colour. Cornea has 5 layers without blood vessels. Epithelium layer, bowmen’s layer, stroma, Desmet membrane  and Endotheliam layer. The outer most layer is epithelium has property to regrowth within 24 hrs.

Lasik is pain less procedure hardly take 15 min each eye, vision recovery time within 24 hrs.

LASIK Surgery Procedure:- 

Flap Making: At first surgeon makes a thin flap over the center of cornea by the use of microkeratome( blade ). Another process is by use of femtosecond laser, the flap is very refine to handling consciously lifted.

Apply Laser: For reshape cornea the exerciser laser apply over the stroma layer, some amount of tissue remove thickness about 10 micrometers. The patient vision may become hazy and able to see light surrounding in flap lift position. Laser abalation over stromal deeper layer gives quick recovery in vision and minimum pain than older procedure unlike PRK.

Flap Reposition: After application of laser on corneal stromal layer the flap is lifted back or reposition as it was before, doctor will check perfect position of flap, any air bubbles, any particles.

Recovery: Need to take rest about 5 to 7 days, use black or white goggle to protect eye from outside particles, excessive lights, reduce chance of rubbing while sleep, doctor will prescribe significantly antibiotic, non-steroidal anti inflammatory, artificial eye drops. Sometimes bandage contact lens are advised to better drop penetration. Post-operative care is vital to decrease the risk of complication.
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Examination Important for LASIK:-

  • Vision without glass and with best corrected glass.
  • Refraction: Dry refraction, subjective best possible, with drops dilated refraction should be noted.  
  • Slit lamp examination in detail and axial length measure by A-scan.
  •  Dilated retina check up with indirect ophthalmoscopy.
  • Pupil size measurement in low light .
  • Dryness test with Schirmer strip, it gives the state of tears of eyes.
  • Eye pressure or intraocular pressure measurement.

Corneal topography and corneal thickness are very much essential, it helps to study the shape of cornea, any corneal deformaties. This system include keratometry(corneal curvature), Pentacam imaging, placido-disc, OCT of corneal anterior segment.

Selection of Right Candidate:-

Correct Age:  Best age to perform Lasik after 18 years to before 40 or before presbyopia. Below 18 years candidate is not perfect selection due to unstable power or refraction. Generally Lasik performs when the refractive error has been stable since last one year.

Refractive Error: Surgery depends on which type of refractive error that person has, it can correct myopia or minus power upto 8 dioptre, hypermetropia upto 4 dioptre, astigmatism upto 5 dioptre .

Ocular Pathology: Any pathology detected on patient eye that may be complication for surgery, that person will not select for lasik, these are following pathology – keratoconus, glaucoma, viral infection in cornea, dry eyes, uveitis, diabetes, one eyed.

Motivation: The person should be positive to result of lasik, sometime surgeon will explain all risks and good out comes about surgery, candidate has to self motivated about surgery that gives spectacle free vision with cosmetic good looks.

Risk of LASIK Eye Surgery: –

  • Need of glass after Lasik surgery, this is rare condition regrowth of power, better to discuss with your doctor how much need of glass you require, but after age of 40 for near work glass necessary to see clear.
  • Need of Second Surgery: Most of the time first surgery will successful 99% of power correction done but some case while high power second surgery need to achieve the sharp vision. If cornea is thin or abnormal second surgery is not advice.
  • Person already performed lasik may experience light sensitivity, glare, different image size, difficulty reading in low light.
  • Dry eyes, very common experience by most of people after lasik, may face dryness, redness, irritation.
  • Corneal pathology, surgery is performed directly over cornea, chance of corneal infection, keratitis, opacity, weak cornea may happens.

Side Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery: –

  • Light sensitivity or glare at the time of night driving may occurs immediate after few days of surgery.
  • Colour halos, rainbow can be seen at light.
  • Corneal flap complication may rarely occurs.
  • Dry eyes very often side effect ,once recovery done dry eyes may gone.
  • Residual refractive errors, not every person achieve 6/6 or 20/20 vision some amount of refractive error will remains, glass or contact lens correction needs.

LASIK Eye Surgery Cost:- 

Lasik cost differ from clinic to clinic in India. It depend on which technology laser patient is ready to avail the cost will differ, there are types of laser:-

  1. Femtosecond lasik cost ₹80000 to ₹90000 both eyes.
  2. Customized lasik with blade( microkeratome) ₹40000 to ₹60000 for both eyes .
  3. ReLEX smile ₹1,20,000 to ₹1,30,000.
  4. Optimized lasik (with blade) ₹25000 to ₹40000, known as Aspheric LASIK.

SMILE Eye Surgery How it is Differ from LASIK:- 

SMILE is small incision lenticule extraction same like LASIK where surgeon makes a half circle incision over cornea and remove very small amount of lenticule(tissue) from cornea with the help of femtosecond laser. This laser eye surgery is best for nearsightedness or the people who has minus power. After surgery the shape of the cornea has a bit change, cornea will heal within 7 days. This can correct upto -10 dioptre, the best age to perform minimum 22 years, the power will stable since 1 year.

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  • Smile gives sharp vision
  • Myopia
  • No corneal flap complication
  • No more dryness


More effective for myopia, not for hypermetropia or astigmatism.

Vision & Health

Stye | Causes, Treatment & Home Remedies

Stye is a small round, red, a bit elevated looks like pimple in the eyelid, it can be painful or painless. It is very commonly form and it will dissolve by its own within a week, or minimum 3 to 5 days. It is an inflammation of eyelid glands, reason for staphylococcus bacteria, sometime present with pus point.

Main Causes of Eye Stye

Uncorrected refractive error: If a person has glass power, he or she tries to see clearly by rubbing eyes frequently.

Eyelid gland inflammation due to unknown cause, gland secrets through eyelid margin.        

 Cleanliness: Hands should be clean, eyes have to wash before sleep and after sleep, skin condition of eyelids like blepharitis present.

Using of old makeup products and changing brands, better to stick one good brand, discard old makeups.

Are Stye Contagious?

Stye are not contagious, the main cause of infection due to staphylococcus bacteria. But it has a risk when stye people share their towel, hanky, eyedrops to others, direct contact of bacteria may cause of stye.

Home Remedies are Affects on Stye

Home treatments are very effective for stye, it will minimize quickly within 3 days.

Home Remedies for Stye

Warm Compress: Very simple way warm compress can dissolve stye, 2 types of warm compress is here one is dry, heat a clean handkerchief by heating a tawa or iron and press over eyelid, another soaks a clean hanky in warm water and apply over eyelid, do it for 15 min continuous 3 to 4 days.

Wash Hand Properly: This will help to reduce dirt contact to eye and to avoid clog the eyelid gland, contact lens user should be careful to touch over eye area.

Wash Eye Regularly: Clean with plain water and dilute mild baby shampoo in water, apply with earbuds gently in eyelid margin. It is important to clean any discharge, solid crust, pus over eyelids.

Make-Up: Important for women regularly replace your old makeup products, try to stick with one brand, do not apply eye makeup over stye, regular clean brushes, it can help to spread another area of eye.

Do not Pop-Out Stye: This is not like skin boil or pimple, it will increase the chance of spreading bacteria, it can be situated over gland so be patience and do not squeeze, it will drain or dissolve by its own.

Symptoms of Stye

Red boil type with or without pain.

Pain while blinking.

Pus point in middle of bump.


 Light sensitivity

 Solid crust accumulation

Drooping eyelids

Swelling of lids


Havyness in eyelids

Blur vision

Itching and watering.

You can get rid of stye within 24hrs – Over night cure is possible in primary stage if you follow this step, take a clean cotton cloth do warm as you can tolerate that heat over stye eye, apply hot compress over swelling area for 10minutes 3 to 5 times every day for 3 to 5 days and bit press the affected area gently to make unclog or open the mebobian gland(oil gland) of eyelids.  

Are Stye and Chalazion Same?

Chalazion is a elevated swelling bump grows middle of eyelid cause behind this is clogging of oil gland of lid, it is chronic case usually pain not present but may feels havy over eyelid.

Stye, known as hordeolum red sweellig, painfull bump grows at the edge of eyelid margine or inside of lid. It is acute infection due to clog up of oil gland caused by bacteria.

Treatment of chalazion is mostly same as stye primarily warm compress, antibiotics drops and ointment, surgery to drain the infected bump.

Stye Treatment

Home treatments is effective in early phase when stye is mild but if stye is not dissolve within 5days the always consult with doctor.

Doctor will check your glass power.

 Advice for antibiotic eyedrop.

 Antibiotic eye ointment at night.

Warm compress.

Oral antibiotic tablets.

Analgesic tablets if pain present.

If these are not working consultant may suggest surgical drainage of stye, this is a minor OPD procedure by local anaesthesia around affected area and make little opening, scoop it out. It will settle within 3days after surgery, also has chance of recurrence rarely.

Contact your doctor if your Stye

Make an appointment today to visit an eye doctor near you.


Eyecare Tips – Make Your Diwali Joyfull and Safe

Diwali is biggest festival of our country so make your Diwali full of fun and as well as safe with this few helpful tips. Diwali brings lots of fun, enjoyments and especially brightness in our life, but sometimes this brightness will convert to darkness due to carefree playing with firecrackers and sparklers.

Every year average 10 to 15 % of age 5 to 20 years people’s burn injury happens with firecrackers, in adults age 25 to 40 years 5 % to 7 % burn case happens. Man and boys are common  victims, asthmatic person, small babies, pregnant woman, aged person these persons are more in risk of injuries and sound shock, excessive smoke can cause breathing problem and eye irritation. While in mood of celebration it is very natural to forget the safety and this carelessness may cause serious eye injuries or burn or it may leads to permanent vision loss.

Eyecare Tips For Diwali:- 

Wear Eye Glass: Best to wear goggles or spectacle while playing with fireworks because accident can happens anytime.

Make Distance: Firecrackers contains explosive gun power it cause heat and explosion, best way to burst crackers maintain safe distance. Choose open area to burst may have less harmful effects of smokes to human body.

Wash Face and Hands: Diwali is special for making Rangoli with power colours, chemical may cause eye irritation, unpredictably crackers bust out as soon as possible wash face and eyes with normal water for 10minutes thoroughly. More cleanliness has reduces the risk of eye infection. If any particle stuck to eye do not rub and do not try to remove by yourself check by near hospital.

Waring for Contact Lens: Avoid contact lens while playing with fireworks, your eyes get irritate with heat, smoke, better to wear spectacle or goggles will protect from any particle get in touch with eyes.

Choose of Cloth: Loose cloths, synthetic fabrics are more prone to fire for risk of burning. Improper handling of crackers is a high risk, do not cover crackers with any pot, tin, glass.

Supervise: Parents should be presents while children are playing, in case of any burn happens immediately patch or cover burn area by cotton or clean cotton cloth and consult with eye specialist.