Many hospital systems and medical practices have been affected during the COVID 19 pandemic due to several changes in protocols. The ophthalmology procedures are also affected in this pandemic.
LASIK eye surgery is a selective procedure which means it is not a medical emergency. It has been the world’s most popular surgery that corrects farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.
Many organs in the body, including the respiratory tract, are lined by mucous membrane. The membrane is susceptible to the coronavirus. It also lines the surface of the eye and eyelids and is known as the conjunctiva. The virus transmission through conjunctiva is a rare condition and cause conjunctivitis. In this condition, your eye appears pink & the inner membrane (conjunctiva) gets inflamed.
The typical symptoms associated with the coronavirus are fatigue, fever and a dry cough and the primary mode of transmission still is infected droplets. The evidence of infection transmission through the eyes is not well studied but, it may be possible that the coronavirus may spread through the eyes.
Many people are enquiring if the LASIK surgery is safe during COVID 19 pandemic. Due to the increased risk of spreading infection through a contact lens, many people opt for LASIK surgery for vision correction.
LASIK surgery helps in getting rid of contact lenses and foggy glasses, especially in health care professionals who have a high risk of acquiring a virus. The procedure is safe when it has done with taking proper precautions.
It is necessary to prepare yourself before deciding to treat your eyes with LASIK surgery. Consider the following measures to prepare for the surgery.
Generally, LASIK surgery has a quick recovery time. However, there are certain precautions one should take to avoid complication and ensure healing. The following postoperative care is required to obtain better results.
LASIK comes under elective therapy as it does not treat any life-threatening disease. Further, like other surgeries, the risk of COVID-19 spread is high due to the proximity of the patients and the surgeons. In a study done in Dubai, it was found that the procedure is safe if the surgeons follow all the protocols of COVID-19 and have access to personal protective equipment.
LASIK surgery not only improves your vision also provides you with additional benefits. However, proper precaution should be taken before opting for LASIK surgery. Follow all the instructions provided by your doctor. Wear masks all the time in the hospital until the doctor or nurses ask you to remove them just before the surgery.