LASIK Eye Surgery: 5 Myths and Facts

Dr. Russel Lazarus, February 15, 2021

Here’s the most common myths and facts on laser eye surgery.

While LASIK eye surgery has become the most popular refractive surgery in the U.S, there are many misconceptions regarding this procedure that prevent people from even discussing LASIK with their eye doctors.

Myth #1: LASIK surgery is painful.

Fact: LASIK is a quick and painless procedure. 

Prior to the procedure, your LASIK surgeon will apply numbing drops to ensure that you don’t feel any pain. You may feel slight pressure when the corneal flap is made, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.

LASIK is performed as an outpatient procedure and you will be able to return home after about two hours. In most cases, you will be able to return to your regular activities within a couple of days after your procedure.

Myth #2: LASIK surgery only corrects myopia (nearsightedness).

Fact: LASIK surgery can correct all types of refractive errors.

While in the past, LASIK was first used as a treatment for myopia, it is now used to also correct hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

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The Find an Eye Doctor directory can provide a list of eye doctors near you that can discuss the benefits of LASIK surgery and answer any questions you may have about this vision correcting procedure.

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Myth #3: A complication of LASIK surgery is permanent vision loss. 

Fact: Blindness is not a complication of LASIK surgery.

LASIK surgery involves the reshaping of the cornea, the front surface of the eye. As with any other surgical procedure, there are possible complications and risks that accompany LASIK surgery, such as dry eye or blurry vision for a couple of days.

However, complications from this procedure are actually quite uncommon and can generally be corrected if needed.

Additionally, your eye doctor will provide detailed instructions regarding any post-surgical medications that may be required to prevent an infection, as well as how to care for your eyes while they heal.

Myth #4: LASIK surgery is not affordable.

Fact: LASIK is generally affordable.

As a result of advanced technology and an increase in the number of people undergoing LASIK surgery, the cost of the procedure has significantly decreased over the years

Don’t let the cost of the procedure prevent you from discussing it with your eye doctor. There are many vision insurance plans as well as financing options that can help you to cover the cost of the procedure, without breaking the bank.

Myth #5: You have to be a certain age to benefit from LASIK surgery.

Fact: There is no ideal age to undergo LASIK surgery

Though, most eye doctors will recommend waiting until age 18— when the eyes have stopped growing.

Your eye doctor may explain to you that as you age, your risk for developing serious eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts, increases. These eye conditions can prevent you from being a candidate for LASIK surgery.

LASIK surgery is a safe procedure that has helped millions of people correct their vision, without the need for eyewear.

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If you are interested in learning more about LASIK surgery, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor.

Understanding the facts about LASIK surgery as well as its benefits can help you to make an informed decision that can change the way you “view” life.