Posted on: 11/27/19LASIK Myths
Do you think about getting LASIK eye surgery? Have you been doing research about the procedure?
We all want to understand any procedures we are considering. But in your research, you can find contradictory or inaccurate information.
Plus some of the information you find can be scary and make you afraid of the procedure. With any procedure, LASIK included, it is important to know what information is accurate. Keep reading for 7 myths to ignore about LASIK!
LASIK is Unsafe
Like any surgery, there can be complications or unfortunately, surgical errors. It is normal to have some minor discomfort and changes in your vision in the weeks after LASIK.
Although complications are possible, LASIK is one of the safest procedures to have. It’s also one of the most popular since millions have had it!
Because of its popularity, LASIK is regularly performed and it’s always evolving.
LASIK is Painful
With a procedure that permanently reshapes the cornea, you would assume it’s painful. LASIK actually is not at all painful! Before the procedure begins, you will receive numbing eye drops.
This ensures you never feel any pain during the procedure. After LASIK, you may feel some discomfort, but this should go away after a few days.
Excruciating pain after LASIK is a sign of complications or infection, so let your doctor know if you are in unbearable pain.
You Will Never Need Glasses Post-Surgery
LASIK is a great way to improve your vision. You will notice a significant improvement in what you can see after LASIK.
Usually, once patients have recovered, they have at least 20/25 vision. You still might need glasses to read or drive at night.
Also, LASIK does not prevent vision changes due to aging. This means that you can still develop cataracts, or presbyopia as your eyes age.
Anyone Can Get LASIK
LASIK is an amazing procedure, but as it’s a surgical procedure, it’s not right for everyone. Only qualified candidates can undergo the vision correction procedure.
Some of the factors taken into account include the strength of prescription, age, health, eye conditions, thin corneas, and more. For those interested in finding out if they are a LASIK candidate, they should schedule a LASIK consultation.
Contacts are Safer Than LASIK
When you are unsure if you want LASIK, but know you no longer want to wear glasses, contacts are an option. Contacts are not necessarily safer than LASIK.
In order for contacts to be effective, you need to follow your doctor’s instructions. Most patients do not do this and your eyes can become irritated by bacteria. This can lead to infections that cause blindness.
LASIK is Only for Farsighted People
LASIK can treat the majority of vision problems. This includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. At your consultation, one of the things taken into account is if your prescription is appropriate for LASIK. If you are not a LASIK candidate, your eye doctor may recommend another procedure like PRK.
LASIK is More Expensive than Glasses/Contacts
As an elective procedure, LASIK can seem pretty expensive to pay for upfront. What many people don’t realize is it’s less expensive than glasses and contacts.
Consider what you already pay for glasses and contacts now. On average, most people spend an average of $500 per year on glasses and contacts.
This could be frames, contact lenses, contact solution, accessories, and more. Now consider the fact that after a few years, the cost of LASIK actually starts to pay for itself. Think about what you could do with an extra $500 in your pocket every year. That number starts to add up!
Want to find out if you could be a LASIK candidate? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Cutarelli Vision in Fort Collins, CO now!
Why wait another minute when clear vision could be your new normal?