For those of you who are looking to go for LASIK surgery in Singapore, it might be wise to consider certain factors to ensure that your LASIK surgery is smooth sailing. For example, how convenient it is for you to go to the LASIK clinic, or are you too old or too young for the surgery? Let’s take a look at some of these considerations!
The location of the clinic of your choice
Convenience is important. One of the most fundamental determinants to convenience would be the location of your chosen LASIK clinic. Why would this matter? The reason is because you won’t be able to drive after surgery. This means that as you plan for the day of your LASIK surgery, you will need to think about how you will get to the clinic and go home from the clinic without driving.
If the LASIK clinic is located close to where you live, this process becomes a lot easier. Asking help from friends and family would also mean less trouble for them to drive you there and home on the day of your LASIK surgery. If the clinic is located far away from where you live, you will have to plan more intentionally and elaborately as well. Keep in the mind the distance you will need to go through to come for the pre-operation consultations and post-operation follow ups.
Friends or family’s past experiences and results
If you have people in your community and close circle who have undergone a laser vision correction surgery, don’t be why to ask them as many questions related to LASIK as you can about their experiences. Ask them about their recovery process, the results of their LASIK surgery, the price of LASIK that they paid. Use their stories as an important factor in your consideration. They will only tell the truth and help you find the best alternative, so the best source to talk to would be your own friends and families.
Your expectations from the surgery
Managing expectations is such an important part of your consideration. Your expectations will determine your satisfaction later on after the surgery. The more realistic your expectations are, the more prepared you would be to enjoy the benefits of your eye refractive surgery at its fullest.
For example, LASIK patients will have to leave their active lifestyle behind for a certain period of time, if not for a long time. This doesn’t mean that LASIK patients cannot exercise at all after the surgery, but it does mean adjustments need to be made. The corneal flap creation in a LASIK surgery make it very risky for LASIK patients to be engaged in heavy physical activities— like boxing or football. In cases where the patient’s eye is hit by someone’s elbow or shoulder, they might experience corneal flap dislodgement.
The example above shows that it’s so important to manage your expectations before going ahead with your eye refractive surgeries. Managing your expectations about side effects, vision outcome, and lifestyle changes will help you find the most suitable type of eye refractive surgery.
Don’t forget to think about your age. For the older patients above 40-50 years old, they would bemore likely to have develop certain eye conditions like cataract or presbyopia. For those who already have cataracts, depending on the conditions, as well as the doctor’s advice, it might be more cost effective to go for cataract surgery instead of LASIK.
For the younger patients (18-21 years old) have your eye degrees stabilized yet? It might be better for you to wait till your eye degrees stabilized, so that the result of your LASIK can last longer!