LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is one of the most innovative breakthroughs in the visual health field, as it offers a lasting solution for refractive errors. Yet a number of widespread misconceptions about this procedure have made some people wary of it. Here, your trusted eye doctor from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care separates four myths about LASIK from reality.
1. The LASIK Process Involves a Lot of Pain
Contrary to the popular belief, LASIK is actually painless. The procedure uses a cold beam laser excimer, which may produce some vibrations and mild pressure at the most. To eliminate any discomfort, we typically apply anesthetic drops before the procedure to numb your eyes. You may feel a tingling sensation as the anesthesia wears off. This slight discomfort should fade completely after a few hours.
2. LASIK Is the Ultimate Solution for All Vision Errors
Laser eye surgery is the treatment of choice when it comes to correcting refractive errors, like far- or nearsightedness. It is not, however, a catchall solution for all vision problems. Some eyesight errors are still better managed by wearing corrective optical devices or other procedures. This is why if you are contemplating LASIK, you must first undergo a comprehensive eye exam so we can evaluate your visual health and determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
3. You Won’t Have to Wear Eyewear After Undergoing LASIK
Although LASIK can reduce your need to wear corrective eyewear, there’s a chance you may still eventually need glasses or contacts again. You may develop vision problems as you age that may require adjunct vision correction options, like higher prescription eyewear.
4. Anyone Is Eligible for LASIK
Laser eye surgery is not for everyone. Patients considering this option must have a complete understanding of the possible effects. LASIK is generally only administered to individuals 18 years old and above, as younger patients’ eyes are often still developing. You should also be in good overall health.
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