Q-LASIK, also known as Quick LASIK is an innovative and minimally invasive procedure designed to correct refractive errors in the eye, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The technique employs advanced Femtosecond Laser technology to reshape the cornea, enabling light to properly focus on the retina for improved vision.
The eye is an intricate and small structure with a diameter of about 1 inch (2.5 cm). The brain quickly processes the millions of bits of information it receives about the outside world.
An image is clearly focused onto the retina during normal vision. Myopia, a nearsighted condition, causes distant objects to look hazy because the center of focus is in front of the retina.
An image is precisely focussed onto the surface of the retina during normal vision. Your cornea misrefracts light in farsightedness (hyperopia), causing the point of focus to lag behind the retina. Close-up objects get hazy as a result.
In this condition, the eyeball is slightly longer than normal or the cornea curves too sharply. As a result, light rays focus in front of the retina, leading to blurred distant vision. However, objects that are close can still be seen fairly clearly.
When the cornea curves or flattens unevenly, it results in astigmatism. This condition disrupts the focus of both near and distant vision.
Q-LASIK (Quik Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) is an advanced laser eye surgery technique designed to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. It involves reshaping the cornea to improve visual acuity and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Q-LASIK involves creating a thin corneal flap using a femtosecond laser or microkeratome. The underlying corneal tissue is then reshaped using an excimer laser to adjust the way light is focused on the retina. The corneal flap is repositioned, and healing occurs naturally.
Ideal candidates for Q-LASIK are individuals with stable refractive errors who are in good overall eye health. A comprehensive eye examination and consultation with an ophthalmologist will determine eligibility based on factors such as corneal thickness, prescription stability, and general health.
Q-LASIK is usually well-tolerated and relatively painless. Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eye before the procedure, minimizing discomfort. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or a sensation of pressure during the surgery.
Recovery from Q-LASIK is often quick, with many patients experiencing improved vision within a day or two. You may experience some mild discomfort, dryness, or sensitivity to light initially. Follow your doctor's post-operative instructions and attend follow-up appointments for optimal healing.
While many patients notice significant improvement shortly after Q-LASIK, it can take a few weeks for vision to stabilize completely. Visual outcomes may continue to improve over time.
As with any surgery, Q-LASIK does carry some risks, although they are relatively rare. Potential side effects include dry eyes, glare, halos, starbursts around lights, and undercorrection or overcorrection. Your ophthalmologist will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
The Q-LASIK procedure itself typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes for both eyes. However, you should expect to spend additional time at the surgical center for pre-operative preparations and post-operative monitoring.
A comprehensive eye examination and consultation with a qualified ophthalmologist are essential to determine if Q-LASIK is suitable for your individual needs and circumstances. Your eye doctor will assess your eye health, prescription, and other factors to provide personalized recommendations.