How safe is the procedure?
SuperSight Surgery uses a new technology with a proven procedure. Millions of eyes have received lens implants for other conditions using the same surgical techniques required for SuperSight Surgery. The risks are minimal but present. All surgery involves risk, and if only you can determine the benefits of having the surgery is worth the risk.
Modern microsurgical techniques for removing cataracts have been evolved and improved dramatically over the past 20 years. During this procedure, the eye's natural lens is removed since it becomes cloudy as you approach middle age. But the good news is cataract surgery has undergone tremendous technological advances. SuperSight Surgery is a surgical procedure that uses the same advance techniques of modern cataract surgery to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness.
SuperSight Surgery may be a good alternative for those candidates who are too nearsighted, too farsighted or have corneas that are too thin for LASIK. It is also a viable alternative for those who wish to eliminate their dependence on traditional or progressive bifocals and those who may be showing signs (even without symptoms) of developing cataracts. More important, however, is the fact that the other refractive procedures have not been proven effective for the types of vision conditions as SuperSight Surgery does.
What can I expect after having surgery with SuperSight Surgery ?
While we provide information regarding the overall expectations for the surgery, we understand that there are some specific questions that arise in the first few weeks after the surgery.
We remind all patients that SuperSight Surgery is a surgical procedure, and like all such procedures, there are risks involved. We suggest that you should review carefully the information contained in our result as well as the information you find elsewhere through additional research and then discuss this information in depth with Dr. Somchai.
How long does it take to get back to normal? How fast does my vision improve after the procedure?
Patients should understand that, fast visual recovery characterizes the operation, but it could take several months for some patients to achieve their final vision after SuperSight Surgery.
Right after the surgery, you can expect to stay with us for 10 - 30 minutes to rest and allow the effects of the numbing solution to wear off. You'll notice your vision is improved immediately and you feel comfortable. Most patients say their eyes get to be normal by the next day and you can enjoy your activities as usual.
Is it permanent?
Yes. ( All indications that these techniques are permanent. )
What can go wrong?
Very little (with either technique). But it is important to understand that with any surgery there are risks involved, even if the surgeon does nothing wrong and all goes well. In some cases, individuals can have in under or over correction. About 95% of patients have no complications (whatever).
Minor complications which usually recover completely, including raised pressure or bleeding inside the eye, temporary water-logging in the front of the eye (corneal edema) or in the back of the eye (macular edema) and a tendency for the upper eyelid to droop slightly (ptosis). One of these may cause permanent effects.
More serious complications would include retinal detachment (1% of cases) and infection within the eye (endophthalmitis - approximately in 1 in 1,000 cases). Both of these conditions are treatable if detected early enough, but this may result in permanent and severe visual loss, including blindness or loss of the eye (very rare).
It is important to understand that the risk of these complications is intrinsic to the surgery itself, and can occur even if the operation is performed well by an experienced surgeon. The occurrence of one or more of these complications does not mean that the operation was badly performed.
Has anyone ever gone blind?
We have not had any of our patients go blind. However, No surgery is without possible risks and complications, but the combination of our highly qualified surgeons and our state of the art equipments mean that you can be assured of the highest standard of care.
Does SuperSight Surgery hurt?
No. Before the SuperSight Surgery procedure begins, your eye has to be make numb by drops. While you may feel a little uncomfortable, the actual pain is rare. Any discomfort you may feel subsequently to the SuperSight Surgery procedure will be very little and last only a few hours. Sleep and lubrication, as well as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, are usually enough to counteract any discomfort.
Can anyone have this procedure done?
SuperSight Surgery is exciting, but it isnt for everyone. We would like to assure that everyone undergoing a procedure has healthy eyes. However (generally speaking) anyone who is farsighted and unable to see up close, or is now beginning to notice your vision isn't good as before, as well as anyone who is unhappy will probably be a good candidate for SuperSight Surgery.
Who is not a candidate for SuperSight Surgery?
Candidates should have a strong desire to be less dependent on corrective lenses, have established realistic expectations, and understand the risks associated with the surgery is a short-term problem and rarely has any long-term effect. You should not have any unstable medical condition, or any uncontrollable eye diseases. The more exclude criteria are psychological problems such as worried, exigent and demanding or claiming people and the patients who have never been satisfied with prescription glasses.
Can you guarantee I will get rid of my glasses or Contact lenses?
No. As with any medical treatments, we can't offer guarantees. While SuperSight Surgery does not promise perfect vision, it does hold the promise of reducing one's dependence on contact lenses or glasses. However, after your initial consultation, we will be able to give you a clear indication as you should expect and likelihood of you achieving it.
Will SuperSight Surgery prevent me from getting other eye diseases?
No. Neither SuperSight Surgery cause, nor prevent macular degeneration or any other eye diseases.
Will I need cataract surgery in the future?
No. The cataract surgery will not be necessary later in life.
Should I have both eyes done at once?
Yes. SuperSight Surgery is often done on both eyes at the same sitting. The results are predictable and the procedure is safe enough. (That most people undergoing this surgery prefer to have both eyes done on the same day)
What keeps me from blinking during the procedure?
A device called a lid retractor is used to hold the eyelids open during the procedure so you do not have to worry about blinking. Minor movements of the eye do not affect the procedure. To comfort you-- almost all patients who go through a procedure said it was much easier than expected.
Ive heard so much about astigmatism. What is it? Does SuperSight correct it?
Astigmatism refers to the curvature of your cornea. A normal cornea is round, like a basketball. If you have astigmatism, your cornea is shaped like a football. Nearsightedness or farsightedness can be corrected with SuperSight Surgery but astigmatism can occur - alone or in addition, in most cases it is possible to have a LASIK treatment to correct this.
How much does it cost?
The fully private fixed price package is 200,000 Baht for both eyes, including:
* Comprehensive eye examination and evaluation
* Measurement of the eyes for selection of the implant
* All consultant surgeon fees
* All theatre fees and other in-theatre costs
* 2 special intraocular lens implants
* Medications on day of surgery
* Admission and accommodation 1 night in hospital
* Post-operative care by the consultant, including follow-up visit
Cost may vary should general anesthesia be required or if any additional tests or medications are requested by patient.
We also offers competitively priced all-inclusive packages for this procedure. See our physician or staffs to establish your eligibility for these packages!
Is SuperSight Surgery covered on health insurance?
Usually, it is covered for cataract surgery, as long as the vision is reduced enough to impair your lifestyle. Each insurance company is different but most medical insurance plans will cover. It is important to check with your insurance companies regarding the benefits of your particular policy.
What is a secondary cataract?
The lens of the eye will be removed during surgery, the natural bag or capsule of the lens remains intact so that the implant can be placed within it. Months to years after your surgery, this capsule can cloud over and blur your vision. What happens is that the patient reports gradual blurring of vision. The diagnosis can usually be confirmed by the optometrist (optician), and the patient referred back to the eye surgeon.
This is very easily remedied with a laser procedure, involves clearing a central area of the opaque capsule using a special laser (and this is the only time that lasers are used in cataract surgery), called a capsulotomy.
This restores vision almost immediately, it is painless, and always done as an outpatient procedure.
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