LASIK has successfully helped to improve the quality of life for millions of people with clearer vision. Since the inception of LASIK, there have been many myths and a ton of false information being spread.
Here are the 7 biggest myths about LASIK:
1. LASIK is Painful
The truth is that LASIK is a painless procedure. Numbing eye drops are used to keep patients comfortable and there is only some slight pressure felt when the corneal flap is created.
2. You can go to any doctor for LASIK
The surgeon’s skill and experience are critical with LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures. Dr. Cory M. Lessner has over 18 years of experience exclusively in laser vision correction and has performed over 40,000 successful procedures.
3. The long-term side effects of LASIK are still unknown
The first LASIK procedure was performed in 1987 and LASIK has been approved by the FDA since 1996. Millions of people have gotten the procedure and no long-term side effects have been reported.
4. LASIK is ideal for anyone
LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism but not everyone is an ideal candidate for the procedure. All patients must go through an examination by a LASIK doctor to ensure there aren’t any issues.
5. LASIK can make you go blind
There have not been any reported cases of anyone going blind after LASIK. To avoid complications, all patients are evaluated to make sure that they are good candidates for the procedure to avoid any complications.
6. LASIK causes dry eyes
After LASIK, patients will receive a prescription for moisturizing eye drops and dry eye symptoms are usually temporary.
7. Contact lenses are safer
Improper contact lens use can result in severe issues such as eye infections. In fact, over a million people every year visit the hospital due contact lens complications while problems directly tied LASIK are extremely rare.
Even though LASIK has been around for over 30 years, there is still a lot of misinformation out there. If you have any questions about LASIK, contact us at Millennium Laser Eye Centers for more information.