Getting Vision Correction Surgery in Singapore?Eye conditions such as myopia (short-sightedness) is a very common problem among Singaporeans that unfortunately starts for most people at a young age. Singapore holds the first position in the world for the highest occurrence of myopia in children of ages seven to nine years. This could be due to many factors such as early use of interactive devices, lighting conditions, poor lifestyle habits or even genetics. With such a high prevalence of myopia in Singapore, it is important for people to educate themselves on the various options available to treat this and other eye conditions besides glasses and contact lenses. Of all possible solutions, vision correction surgery (e.g. PRK, LASIK, ICL etc.) offers a one-time and long-lasting effect that gives the myopic patient perfect vision without glasses. What is LASIK Surgery?LASIK (Laser In-situ Keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery used to treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. This procedure helps to alter the shape of the cornea, enabling light to enter the eye and be properly focused onto the retina. This allows clearer vision, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses. How can LASIK correct myopia (short-sightedness)?The excimer laser is used to reduce the power of the cornea so that light rays will not bend as much, and the focal point is then shifted from in front of the retina onto the retina surface instead. This will allow images from a distance to be sharp. LASIK for MyopiaHow can LASIK correct hyperopia (long-sightedness)?The excimer laser is used to increase the power of the cornea so that light rays are bent more, and the focal point is then shifted from behind the retina onto the retina surface instead. This will allow images from far and near to be sharp. LASIK for HyperopiaHow can LASIK correct astigmatism?The excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea, by evening out the contour to be more round, like changing the shape of a rugby ball to that of a soccer ball. LASIK for AstigmatismLASIK Surgery procedureThe LASIK procedure typically takes about 25 minutes for both eyes. Improved vision (without corrective eyewear) is achieved very soon after surgery, usually within a few hours. Your eyelids will be cleaned and anaesthetic eye drops will be administered into your eyes to prevent pain. You will be guided into the laser room where a laser is used to create a protective flap in the cornea. You will rest for a while in order to allow the bubbles under the flap to clear. Next, the cornea flap is gently lifted back and laser treatment is used to correct the degree of the eye. The laser beam reshapes the cornea based on an individual’s required vision correction. During this, your eyelids will be held open by a springy device during the laser treatment and you will be asked to fixate your vision on a light. (Note: The surgery is painless and does not take long) The protective flap is then repositioned into place and allowed to heal. You will rest your eyes at our recovery area for around 30 mins before a final check is done. After the surgery, it is advised that you go home and rest.