Does the thought of having LASIK eye surgery sound scary? It could be that you’re hearing misinformation about this popular procedure. With all that is available online and through friends and acquaintances on the subject, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to laser vision correction. Below, are some common myths about LASIK and the truths behind them.
Myth #1: LASIK is so new that potential side effects aren’t known yet
Fact: Laser vision correction has actually been around since the early 90s. Additional developments were approved by the FDA in the early 2000s such as bladeless LASIK. After more than 20 years, there have been no known long-term ill effects of the procedure.
Myth #2: LASIK eliminates the need for glasses forever
Fact: A patient’s reliance on glasses after LASIK varies depending on each person’s original prescription. Most patients with mild to moderate prescriptions will have 20/20 vision after LASIK, but for individuals with a stronger prescription, the outcomes may not be as perfect. Prior to the procedure, your doctor will be able to assess the level of vision correction you can achieve based on your prescription. And it’s important to note that while LASIK provides clear vision initially, it’s common to need reading glasses later in life.
Myth #3: LASIK is painful
Fact: Actually, the only sensation LASIK patients feel during the procedure is a slight pressure from the tool used to stabilize your eye. That’s because, prior to treatment, your doctor will administer a few drops of topical anesthetic to numb your eyes, so all you’ll feel is something like having a finger pressed to your eyelid.
Myth #4: Anyone can have LASIK
Fact: Unfortunately, you must meet certain criteria to qualify for LASIK. Good candidates should be 18 years or older, in good health with healthy eyes that are free of diseases like glaucoma and cataracts. A thorough screening with your eye doctor can determine if you qualify for laser vision correction.
To see if you qualify for LASIK, or for more information about receiving treatment for glaucoma, cataracts or LASIK in Chicago, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sondheimer online or by calling: 847-677-2794