Myths and Facts about LASIK
LASIK laser vision correction has helped people across the globe improve their vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses. It’s effectiveness has been proven time and time again right here at Gulfcoast Eye Care; however, there are still a great many myths and falsehoods about LASIK that can give individuals the wrong impression of the treatment.
Myth: Dry eyes and other side effects are common after LASIK surgery.
Fact: While there are risks to any type of surgery, the risk of serious complications arising from LASIK or other laser vision correction procedures is very, very low. Pre-operative testing is also typically very effective at identifying individuals who are at a higher risk for possible complications.
Myth: It doesn’t really matter who performs your LASIK surgery because the laser itself is what corrects your vision.
Fact: LASIK and other laser vision correction options are merely tools utilized to performed the procedure. There are delicate surgical techniques that are necessary for these procedures, including the creation of the corneal flap. It matters greatly that you choose a skilled LASIK surgeon with a good deal of experience performing the treatment. Be wary of “discount centers” that may not be focusing on pre- and post-operative patient care, which are often essential to attaining the best possible outcome. You never want to take chances with the health of your eyes and vision!
Myth: LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures are new, and therefore any long-term side effects are not yet known.
Fact: The technology for laser vision correction was actually developed in the early 1980s. In the last 30 years, no long-term side effects of successful LASIK procedures have been found.
Myth: After LASIK, you will never need to wear glasses or contact lenses again.
Fact: LASIK is designed to reduce, and possible even eliminate, one’s reliance on corrective eyewear. However, the potential for complete elimination of the need for prescription lenses will depend on each patient’s individual needs. The severity of the patient’s original vision problems, the patient’s age, and other factors will all play a role as to whether he or she can see perfectly clearly for an extended period, without the need for glasses or contacts. Your ophthalmologist should be able to give you an idea of the results after your initial laser vision correction screening.
If you would like more information on LASIK and other vision correction procedures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Manning, please contact Gulfcoast Eye Care today.