Unfortunately, many Singaporeans seem to experience eye problems at one point or another. Living in a high-tech world where the eyes are constantly exposed to the bright screens of electronic devices right in front of the eyes is the cause of many of these problems. A majority of them are minor, such as eye strain, or minor eye infection. But many Singaporeans suffer from serious sight impairment in various forms, and can’t see properly without some a corrective aid administered to their eyes.
The most common correction for poor eyesight is prescription glasses. A simple frame with two lenses attached to them that cover the eyes, they have their benefits and their disadvantages. They are easy to remove, replace, clean, and store. They can be worn without worry of injury to the eyes. But they are delicate, and can easily fall off the face, break, or get scratched or dirty.
Another well-known solution and alternative to glasses are the contact lenses. Small, pupil-sized lenses that are placed directly onto the eyes, these also have their perks and their shortcomings. They require more care and maintenance than glasses. They need constant cleaning and sanitation, and special storing and removing procedures. They are not as easy to clean, remove, or maintenance. But they do correct sight without requiring obstructive frames to be worn on the face. They’re harder to misplace once put on, and they’re invisible. But they’re not perfect.
LASIK Surgery – The Perfect Solution?
The final and seemingly the most complete and permanent form of vision correction is LASIK eye surgery. Many Singaporeans know of it, but not many undertake it for various reasons, ranging from fear (though completely unfounded), to the cost, as it is easily the most expensive measure to take – at least in the short-term. In the long term, getting replacement glasses or contact lens every year or so pile up significant expenditures than can cost far more than a one-time procedure. And having insurance will do well to mitigate much of the price, keeping it affordable and efficient. LASIK surgery is permanent once undergone and restores sight without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
How LASIK Surgery Works
LASIK is a relatively simple procedure and is completed in as little as 15 minutes. First, your eyes are numbed with special drops, then held open in an aperture where a surgeon will work on them. Surgeons will use a small blade or a laser (as in Epi-Lasik surgery, which is very similar) to cut a thin, circular flap in the cornea, with a small uncut area left like a hinge to retain it. This flap is then folded back to reveal the inner cornea, known as the stroma, which is where the source of the eye problem is located.
The surgeon uses a special laser tool called an excimer laser to remove certain amounts of this corneal tissue. This is done to reshape the cornea so it can more accurately focus light on the retina and thus improve vision. Once the cornea is reshaped, the severed flap is laid back into place, which heals naturally without stitches or bandages of any kind.
Conclusion – Is It Best?
For Singaporeans looking for a permanent, maintenance-free solution to long-term eye problems, such as near-nearsightedness, far-farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK surgery is an ideal solution. It does not require any maintenance, apart from the initial healing process afterward and occasional checkups to monitor one’s recovery. It permanently removes the need for eyeglasses or contact lens.
Epi-LASIK surgery is identical to LASIK surgery, only the procedure is applied to both eyes, and the flap created during the procedure is thinner than regular LASIK procedure. This ensures an even safer surgery, with an even faster recovery time. And many surgeons are both capable and qualified to administer Epi-Lasik in Singapore at affordable prices.