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LASIK Myths Debunked

Have you ever considered LASIK? Were you told that there were reasons why you couldn’t have LASIK? Mention to anyone that you’re having LASIK and you are sure to get many opinions or reasons why you can’t. The LASIK staff at the Utah Eye Centers has debunked some common myths to show why you should consider LASIK.

LASIK Myth: I can’t have LASIK because of my age

“I’m too young for LASIK.”

While LASIK is not suitable for patients under the age of 18, anyone with a stable prescription, good corneal thickness, and a healthy cornea may be a candidate.

“I’m too old for LASIK.”

There is no age limit on LASIK. If your eyes are healthy and you are determined to be a candidate for the procedure through preliminary testing, you may be eligible to have LASIK surgery.

LASIK Myth: I can’t have LASIK because I have astigmatism

The majority of adults have at least a small amount of regular astigmatism and LASIK can correct for a wide range of astigmatism by reshaping the cornea of the eye. Patients who have both nearsightedness and farsightedness combined with astigmatism can also have LASIK to correct for their refractive errors. Patients with astigmatism will experience positive results following LASIK.

LASIK Myth: I have been told in my field of work (pilot, construction [i.e. dusty environment]) that LASIK may not be the best option for me.

With our all laser technology it is very safe to return to most work fields within five days after your procedure and in many cases even the next day. Pilots, military personal, construction workers, and athletes all have all come in for LASIK and were perfectly comfortable with returning to work the next day. It is always wise to consult with your doctor for what is best for you.

LASIK Myth: All LASIK is equal.

Not all LASIK is created equal. There are many LASIK centers that have top of the line equipment and surgeons, and some that are not so reputable. Some may use sales pitches or false discounted prices, like being quoted “$299.00” for LASIK. If you’re thinking about LASIK, do your homework. Take the time to research the surgeons and the technology they are using, not just the price. Your vision is too important to be in the wrong hands.