Debunking 6 LASIK Myths

May 4th, 2018
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LASIK has attracted its fair share of myths over the years. We wanted to take some time to dispel some of them:

LASIK is one of the world’s most popular elective surgeries, but it’s also attracted its fair share of misconceptions and outright myths over the years. We wanted to take a moment to dispel some of the most common so that you can approach this life-changing procedure with an open mind.

LASIK is painful.

When performed correctly, LASIK shouldn’t cause pain. Before the procedure, your surgeon will apply some anesthetic drops in your eye and, if necessary, provide a minor sedative to calm you. You might notice some pressure on your eyes while your surgeon creates the corneal flap, but you likely won’t experience any additional pain or discomfort.

LASIK’s long-term complications are unclear.

Since LASIK has been practiced for more than three decades, its possible complications are well-established. Some patients may experience temporary dryness in their eyes, glare, or halos, but in all but a handful of cases, these symptoms subside within a few weeks.

LASIK is a dangerous procedure.

LASIK is among the safest procedures available, with most patients reporting minimal complications. It has never resulted in blindness, and even significant changes in vision almost always resolve within a few weeks.

LASIK will give you 20/20 vision.

LASIK can result in substantial improvement in your vision, but it won’t necessarily leave you with perfect eyesight. Most patients can expect 20/20 vision or something close to it, but patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness or farsightedness may not achieve complete correction. Your eye care provider will address your most likely outcomes for your specific case during your initial consultation.

LASIK is an effective treatment for nearsightedness only.

LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While it’s most commonly performed to resolve nearsightedness, it is an effective solution to farsightedness and astigmatism, as well. Your results may vary depending on your specific vision conditions, but don’t let farsightedness or astigmatism stop you from getting a consultation.

Any surgeon can perform LASIK.

As with any surgery, LASIK should be performed by a reputable provider with years of experience in corrective eye surgery. Rather than work with the least expensive clinic, prospective patients should take the time to research possible providers and understand their terms.

If you have any questions about LASIK or are considering it, the eye care experts at the Swagel Wootton Eye Institute can help. During your free consultation, our specialists will evaluate your vision, outline possible treatments, and arrange a payment plan that meets your financial needs. Schedule an appointment online at our Mesa or Chandler locations!