In recent years, more and more people have chosen to undergo LASIK. However, as the popularity of this procedure rose – so did the number of myths circulating about it. We think it’s high time to set the record straight about LASIK!
LASIK is a relatively simple laser eye surgery done to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea of your eye in order to properly refract (bend) light that enters your eye, allowing images to focus clearly on your retina. Many of our eye care patients in Plainview and Long Island, New York, have enjoyed the results of LASIK.
Instead of leaving you to wonder what’s true and what’s false when people talk about LASIK, an eye doctor near you debunks some of the most common myths:
LASIK is painful
Before starting the procedure, your eye doctor will insert numbing eye drops into your eye. Once they take effect, you may sense mild pressure on the surface of your eye, but in general your eye will lose all sensation for the entire LASIK procedure. This numbness typically lasts for at least another 30 minutes after LASIK is completed. At that point, your eyes may feel dry, gritty and itchy, but resting your vision and/or taking aspirin or ibuprofen usually helps the discomfort to disappear. Most people can get back to their regular daily activities within 24 hours.
LASIK can burn your eyeball
The lasers used in LASIK are “cold” excimer lasers, which don’t burn the surface of your eye. Also, they are guided by a precise, high-tech tracking device that follows your eye – so the laser can’t miss its target.
LASIK is a leading cause of blindness
This statement couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, the risk of a sight-threatening infection being caused by LASIK is even lower than the risk of eye infection caused by wearing contact lenses. Since the 1980s, LASIK has been performed safely on millions of people, and there have never been any confirmed cases of blindness as a result of LASIK.
Blades and cutting are always used for LASIK
Actually, there is more than one method of performing LASIK, and some newer types of the procedure don’t use any blades. Ask our eye doctor at Optix Family Eyecare about iLASIK and LASEK, both of which are bladeless.
LASIK is very expensive
Although the initial cost of LASIK may sound expensive, compare it to years of buying new prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and related products. Then, you’ll realize that the price of LASIK comes out significantly less over the long term.
Everyone is a candidate for LASIK
Most people over age 18, in good health and with a refractive error in their eyes can have LASIK. However, like all surgical procedures – nothing is suitable for everyone. Certain corneal conditions are contraindicated for LASIK, as are people in poor health – such as someone with uncontrolled diabetes or particular autoimmune diseases. Consult with your eye doctor in Plainview and Long Island regarding your candidacy.
LASIK gets rid of glasses or contacts forever
While LASIK corrects refractive error, it’s not a miracle procedure that can stop time or roll back the years! Normally, as you age, vision changes. Once you’re over 40, it’s likely you’ll need to wear reading glasses to see small objects or fine print. After LASIK, visit our eye doctor for regular eye exams and we’ll monitor your vision for any changes that require treatment.
All eye doctors are equal for LASIK
Remember, this is your vision we’re discussing – the skill and experience of your eye doctor matters. When you choose where to have LASIK done, make sure to check references. Research the LASIK eye doctors near you, checking into how long they’ve been performing the procedure and their success record.
Interested in learning more about LASIK and how you could benefit? Book an appointment at our eye care center in Plainview or Long Island for a pre-LASIK consultation.
At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.
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