Top 5 Must Know FAQs about LASIK & Refractive Surgery

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Are you thinking about correcting your eyesight permanently? However, there are too many question marks in your mind? Heard from your friends about LASIK but unsure whether to proceed with it? You may find your answers below:

Q1. How does LASIK or Refractive Surgery remove my short-sightedness and astigmatism?

chartFirst of all, you must understand what are refractive errors (short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism). Having refractive errors mean the light is not focused on the light sensitive tissue lining of our eye (retina), resulting in blurred vision. By reshaping the outer part of our eye (cornea) with a “cool” beam laser, the light can be re-focused on the retina and people who previously need eyeglasses or contact lenses, may not need them anymore.

Q2: Am I qualified to go for LASIK or Refractive Surgery?

You can ascertain your suitability through a pre-LASIK evaluation. However, there are some general guidelines for those who are interested to get rid of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  1. Healthy eye. There are no eye diseases or abnormalities. Any eye diseases and or infections should be resolved before surgery.
  2. Stable eye prescription for at least 12 months. There should be ≤ 0.50 dioptre change in your eye prescription for the past 12 months. Patients who have significant change in their eyesight will be monitored and surgery should be postponed until their vision has stabilised.
  3. Aged 18 years and above. Patients under 18 years old tend to have unstable eyesight and therefore, Refractive Surgery is usually not recommended.
  4. For ladies – you are not nursing or pregnant. Eye prescription may fluctuate when expecting a baby or nursing due to the hormonal changes in the body.
  5. No Autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjogren’s Syndrome may result in poor visual outcomes and increase the risk of complications after Refractive Surgery.

Q3: Will I get perfect vision after the procedure?

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Though doctors strive to make the refractive error zero after Refractive Surgery, this may not always be possible. Refractive Surgery aims to reduce a person’s dependence on spectacles or contact lenses. No one can guarantee perfect vision after Refractive Surgery. Our vision may change with time with or without any Refractive Surgery. Hence, even if one have had Refractive Surgery, he or she may still need eyeglasses at some point in time after the procedure.

Q4: Is LASIK or Refractive Surgery painful?

No, it is usually not painful. This is because the doctor will use anaesthetic eyedrops to fully numb the eye before the surgery. During the procedure, you may feel some mild pressure around the eye, but no pain at all. You will be prescribed with eyedrops after your surgery to minimise dryness and infection.

Q5: How much does a LASIK or Refractive Surgery cost?


The price ranges from $3,599 to $5,299 for 2 eyes at Atlas Eye Specialist Centre. There are many eye centres offering various types of treatment with different pricings. We advise patient to choose a treatment most suited for their eyes instead of choosing the most economic treatment. A one-time payment for a lifetime vision, it is totally worth the money.