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Top 10 LASIK Myths
LASIK Fact and Fiction
With the wealth of information available about LASIK, sometimes it can be difficult to separate what’s known to be true about the procedure from the many myths that surround this popular treatment. Our LASIK surgeon, Dr. Michael Manning, and the team at Gulfcoast Eye Care want patients to have a clear idea of what LASIK can and can’t do, so we offer the following list of LASIK Myths and Facts to dispel some of the more common misunderstandings. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a LASIK consultation, please contact us today.
Myth: LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures are new, so long-term side effects cannot be measured.
Truth: Laser vision correction technology has been around since the 1980s, and has been utilized widely in the US since the 1990s, providing a substantial amount of time for any long-term side effects to surface.
Myth: Who performs your LASIK procedure is not relevant.
Truth: LASIK and other laser vision correction options require extremely delicate surgical skills in order to be performed successfully. Choosing an experienced LASIK surgeon is very important. Patients should be very cautious of “discount centers” and other options that may not put a high degree of focus on pre- and post-operative care.
Myth: Side effects such as dry eye syndrome are common after treatment with LASIK.
Truth: LASIK is a surgical procedure, and there are risks to any type of surgery. With that in mind, the risk of serious complications brought about by LASIK surgery is typically very low. While dry eye and moderate glare conditions have occurred in patients after laser vision correction surgery, these effects are typically not permanent. Thorough pre-operative testing can often identify those who are at a higher risk of complications from this procedure, and alternatives can be recommended in those cases.
Myth: LASIK will completely eliminate the need for corrective eyewear in every patient who undergoes the procedure.
Truth: One of the chief benefits of LASIK is its ability to reduce, and even eliminate, one’s need for glasses or contact lenses. However, each person is different and the results will depend on the individual patient. The patient’s age, the severity of his or her vision problems, and many other issues will come into play. Dr. Manning will do his very best to ensure the patient’s results are as successful as possible. While many patients should be able to see clearly without the need for corrective eyewear after LASIK, some may still need to rely on lenswear for certain activities. Dr. Manning can often give patients a better idea of their potential visual outcomes after the first laser vision correction screening.
Myth: Since LASIK typically has the same outcome for everyone, there is no difference between the cheaper and more expensive surgical options.
Truth: Patients should do thorough research when considering LASIK and any type of eye surgery. More expensive LASIK procedures may simply be reflective of the surgeon’s experience and expertise, as well as enhancements, added benefits, and the degree of pre- and post-operative care designed to ensure you have the most successful results possible. Cutting costs should never be a factor when it comes to the health of your eyes. It’s a good idea to look for an established LASIK surgeon who places an emphasis on comprehensive care and utilizes advanced technologies to perform your procedure.
These are just a few of the many common myths about LASIK. If you have questions or concerns about this procedure, we encourage you to contact Gulfcoast Eye Care. We will be happy to speak with you about LASIK or other vision correction options.