LASIK is one of the most common procedures for correcting refractive errors. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about LASIK. In today’s post, we separate myth from reality to help you make an informed decision about whether LASIK is right for you.
Myth 1: LASIK Hurts
The surgeon will apply numbing eye drops before the operation. You may feel a little pressure, but you should not experience any pain during the procedure.
Myth 2: LASIK Can Burn Your Eyes
While it’s true that LASIK involves lasers, there is no risk of burning your eye. All eye surgeries that involve laser technology actually use “cold lasers” so there’s no chance of burning.
Myth 3: LASIK Can Cause Blindness
Up to 700,000 people in the U.S. undergo LASIK every year to improve their vision. No reports of anyone going blind due to LASIK have ever surfaced. Serious complications are very rare.
Myth 4: It’s Too Early to Tell If LASIK Will Be Successful
The laser technology used during LASIK was developed in the 1970s and doctors began using it for treating myopia in 1995. Up to 95% of LASIK patients are satisfied with the result of their surgery, and up to 98.4% of patients say they would undergo the procedure again if necessary. LASIK is a routine procedure that’s extremely successful in the vast majority of patients.
Your eye doctor will evaluate your vision and overall health to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK. Visit Alderwood Optical today for an eye exam. You may call us at (425) 771-8472 or use our form for an appointment in Redmond and Kirkland, WA.