Refractive Surgery in Nepal
Refractive errors like myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism are some of the most common causes of vision loss, globally. In developing countries like Nepal, these conditions are typically managed through the provision of affordable spectacles.
As a model for laser treatment in the developing world, the new Refractive Surgery Unit is delivering free laser treatment where it is too difficult for people to wear spectacles in the long term. For people living in Nepal’s remote and mountainous regions, days away from the nearest medical facility broken, outdated and lost spectacles can be almost impossible to replace. This independence to people who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance.
Located in the former Tilganga outpatient clinic, the new unit is equipped with world-class lasers and offers the same high-quality surgery found in the developed world. It is staffed by a dedicated team of specialists including an ophthalmologist and technician trained in the United Kingdom by project partner London Vision Clinic.
The new service also forms an important part of TIO’s cost-recovery model, whereby the fees from those who can afford laser surgery will indirectly subsidize eye treatment of the poor who cannot afford it.
1. What is LASIK?
2. What ocular conditions can be treated by LASIK?
LASIK can also be done for Hypermetropia (Positive spectacle power), Off late, it has been increasingly done for presbyopia(Age-related positive power beyond 40 years of age.)
3. How safe is a LASIK procedure?
4. What are the criteria to be fit for LASIK?
- Expectation: the expectations of the patient should be realistic
- Stability: the glass number should be stable over a period of 6 months to 1 year
- Corneal Thickness: the corneal thickness should be adequate so that the procedure can be done safely. The cornea should be disease-free.
- Retina: Patients with retinal diseases need treatment for the same before proceeding for LASIK
5. What should a patient expect before and after LASIK Surgery?
After LASIK one can resume normal activities from day 1. Eye rubbing and swimming should be avoided for at least one month.