LASIK is the most common form of refractive surgery. While it’s a safe and widely used treatment option, some people have misconceptions about it.
Today, Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care separates debunks common myths about laser eye surgery.
Myth: Anyone Can Undergo LASIK
You actually have to meet certain criteria before your doctor will approve you for LASIK. You must be at least 18 years old to be considered for this procedure. In addition, your visual acuity must have remained stable for the previous year, and you need to be in good overall health as well.
Myth: LASIK Is an Extremely Painful Procedure
LASIK is essentially a painless procedure. Your eye specialist will apply numbing drops on your eyes before beginning the procedure. At most, you may feel some pressure and mild discomfort as the corneal flap is being created. After the surgery, your eyes may feel a little bit irritated, but that usually goes away in a few hours.
Myth: LASIK Recovery Takes a Long Time
The laser correction itself usually takes around 15 minutes per eye. The recovery is also quite fast; you can expect to notice changes in your vision within a day or two. Your eyes actually heal faster than your other organs. Most people can resume their normal activities after a day or two.
Myth: LASIK Is Only for Myopia Correction
Although LASIK was originally developed to serve as a solution for myopia (nearsightedness), it is also highly effective at managing other refractive errors. Your optometrist explains that laser eye surgery has high success rates in correcting hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism as well.
For more information about LASIK, you can reach us at (301) 859-4060. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We serve Alexandria, VA, and Potomac and Rockville, MD.