Even though LASIK is the most popular refractive surgery in the United States for a number of vision problems, there are still several myths floating around that may scare people out of seeking treatment.
The reality is LASIK has a high success rate and is a safe procedure. The procedure is quick and the vast majority of patients achieve 20/20 vision after the appointment. With all of these benefits, it should seem like a no-brainer to get LASIK. But there are still some people who would rather deal with contacts and eyeglasses due to several myths.
Here are five common myths of LASIK along with the facts that debunk them:
Myth: LASIK is too expensive
Fact: The cost of LASIK is now more affordable than ever and has dramatically decreased over the years. Along with vision insurance coverage, there are several financing plans that can make it affordable for just about anyone.
Myth: I’m too old for LASIK
Fact: The only age restriction that will prevent you from getting LASIK is if you are younger than age 18. No matter how old you are, you can get a LASIK procedure done as long as you don’t have an eye condition such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.
Myth: LASIK is still new, so there will likely be long-term effects
Fact: Believe it or not, eye doctors have been performing LASIK procedures for more than 25 years and with a high rate of success. Technology has also made many advancements over the years, making the surgery safer than ever before.
Myth: LASIK is a painful eye procedure
Fact: LASIK is actually a quick and painless procedure. Numbing drops are applied to the eyes before treatment to help avoid any discomfort. You will, however, experience a brief moment of pressure, but it will not be painful.
Myth: It can take a long time to fully recover from a LASIK eye surgery
Fact: Most patients will actually notice improved vision immediately after the procedure. Usually, you should expect to back to normal 24 hours after the surgery.
Now that some of the most common myths are debunked, are you more confident in getting LASIK?
If you are still somewhat skeptical, that is okay. We offer a personal, one-on-one consultation, which will help determine whether or not you’re a candidate for LASIK. This is a one-hour appointment and you can ask the doctor any questions you may have.
You can schedule this appointment with an experienced LASIK consultant at Utah Eye Centers by calling 801-476-0494. We hope to see you soon!