While hundreds of thousands of people have successfully undergone laser eye surgery to correct near or far sightedness, a lot of mystery still surrounds this highly successful procedure. To help clear up some misconceptions, here are a few of the common myths that shroud this vision correction option and the facts to debunk them:
Laser procedures, such as a LASIK, are right for everyone.
Laser eye surgery can prove to be highly successful for many people, but it’s not right for all patients. Reputable surgeons will generally advise against the procedure if underlying medical conditions, for example, might hamper the potential outcome. It’s best for a qualified surgeon to make the decision whether a person is clinically suitable for the procedure.
It takes time for the results to appear.
This isn’t generally true. For some people, the results are immediate and rather pleasing. While surgeons cannot guarantee 20/20 vision, many people find that is exactly what they end up with.
The results don’t last.
The surgical procedures involved are permanent and the results are, too. Some patients, however, do experience regression. When that occurs, a secondary procedure may be advised. Regression occurs as a result of the healing process. Getting laser eye surgery doesn’t mean you won’t need reading glasses with age, either. It is common for adults to need reading glasses as they age, whether or not they’ve had laser eye surgery.
The surgery is painful.
During the procedure itself, patients feel nothing at all since the eye is numbed with drops. Even so, it is possible for some discomfort to appear in the first few days after the procedure. Most patients, however, do not experience this.
Laser eye surgery can help people leave a lifelong dependency on eye glasses or contacts behind. To find out more about the procedure, it’s best to consult with a qualified eye surgeon. Not every person is a good candidate for this type of intervention. A doctor is best positioned to offer advice in individual cases.
If you would like to know more about laser eye surgery options and find out which option is best for you, schedule an appointment with us today.