LASIK vision correction is a popular surgery for a variety of common vision problems. Unfortunately, there are many myths floating around about LASIK that may be preventing people from getting the procedure. In reality, LASIK is a safe procedure with a high success rate.
Here, we’ll examine a few of the most common myths about LASIK and explain why they are untrue.
Myth #1: Unknown Long-Term Effects
You may have heard that you shouldn’t have LASIK because it’s such a new procedure and its long-term side effects are unknown.
In reality, LASIK is a commonly performed procedure that has been safely performed for over 25 years. There have been multiple long-term studies that have shown LASIK to produce positive results that last. A LASIK procedure performed by an experienced professional has very few complications.
Myth #2: It Hurts
You may have heard that LASIK is a very painful procedure.
In reality, LASIK is generally a pain-free procedure. Before the treatment, numbing drops are applied to limit any discomfort. The only thing that the patient may feel is a moment of pressure when the corneal flap is created. Patients are often surprised at how little they feel during the procedure.
Myth #3: You Could Go Blind
You may have heard that blindness is a possible complication of LASIK.
In reality, the likelihood of experiencing blindness after LASIK is exceptionally low. LASIK reshapes the cornea by treating the surface layer of the eye. Complications are rare and are generally correctible.
Myth #4: LASIK Is Too Expensive
You may have heard that LASIK is too expensive for most people.
In reality, the cost of LASIK has decreased significantly over the years as technology has improved. Also, there are a number of financing plans available that help make LASIK more affordable for everyone.
Myth #5: Recovery Takes a Long Time
You may have heard that it takes a long time to recover from LASIK. This is false.
In reality, LASIK recovery is fast and easy with no significant downtime. Most patients notice improved vision immediately after the procedure is completed. Complete LASIK recovery takes only about 24 hours.
To schedule an appointment to discuss LASIK with premier Toronto area ophthalmologist Dr. Raymond Stein, call or email Bochner Eye Institute today.