Laser in-situ keratomileusis, more popularly known as LASIK, is a type of eye surgery that corrects refractive errors. Many patients opt to undergo LASIK to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about LASIK. In today’s post, we separate myth from reality to help you make a more informed decision about whether this procedure might be right for you.
MYTH 1: LASIK Is Painful
Your doctor will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. They will use numbing eye drops so you won’t feel pain. You might feel a little pressure on your eye, but the experience won’t be painful.
MYTH 2: Anyone Can Undergo LASIK
A comprehensive eye exam will determine whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK. Some people may not qualify for the procedure. For example, people with diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, severe dry eyes, unstable vision, rheumatoid arthritis or any other autoimmune disorder are not eligible for LASIK. Women who are pregnant or nursing are also ineligible.
MYTH 3: You Could End Up Blind After LASIK
Serious complications are extremely rare among LASIK patients, and there is not a single report of any patient going blind because of it. Doctors thoroughly screen their candidates to avoid complications.
MYTH 4: LASIK Is Only for Nearsighted People
LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism in qualified candidates.
MYTH 5: LASIK Effects Last Forever
As you age, so do your eyes. Even if your vision is restored by LASIK, your eyes may still develop problems with myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism later on.
MYTH 6: Most LASIK Patients Develop Problems
The success rate of LASIK is quite high. Up to 95% of patients report satisfaction after the surgery.
Your optometrist at Opti Care may recommend LASIK after proper evaluation and a comprehensive eye examination. At Opti Care, we offer pre- and post-surgical care to candidates of LASIK. Contact us now at (410) 795-8670 or fill out our form. We serve patients in Westminster and Marriottsville, MD, and nearby areas.