Top 8 LASIK Myths Debunked

Ever wished you had clear vision, free from contacts or prescription eyeglasses? Maybe you’ve considered Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) but are nervous about the procedure. There are many common myths regarding LASIK’s risks and potential complications, so let’s debunk those misconceptions

  • MYTH: I’m too old for LASIK!

FACT: Patients tend to be 18+, but there is not an upper age limit. There are some age-related eye complications that may hinder your eligibility for LASIK. If you’re curious about whether you’re eligible, take this quick, 5 question quiz to see if LASIK may be right for you. You’ll want to schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist for further consultation regarding your specific situation pre-surgery too.

  • MYTH: LASIK is a new surgery, so its long-term effects haven’t been studied!

FACT: LASIK has been performed for nearly 30 years! Several studies have propagated the safety and effectiveness of this procedure, so don’t fret about totally unexpected side-effects years down the line. There are some potential side-effects that may occur later on, but the risk of those is minimal.

  • MYTH: I’m going to be in pain during the surgery!

FACT: The procedure is rarely accompanied by any pain for the patient, other than a slight pressure at the beginning of the surgery as the initial incision is performed. After the surgery, there may be some itching or discomfort for the first few days or weeks, which can be alleviated by eye drops.

  • MYTH: Only nearsighted patients can get LASIK!

FACT: Actually, advancements in LASIK technology can be used to treat a variety of eye problems, ranging from astigmatism to myopia. There are also a variety of alternatives to LASIK which can treat all sorts of refractive errors.

  • MYTH: I could go permanently blind because of LASIK!

FACT: There have never been any reports of blindness stemming from LASIK, and most side-effects tend to be mild and temporary. Since LASIK is a procedure aimed at reshaping the cornea of the eye, something would have to go seriously wrong on the part of your ophthalmologist’s part for you to go completely blind.

  • MYTH: LASIK is very expensive, I can’t afford it!

FACT: Most insurance policies don’t cover the cost of LASIK, but there are a variety of different financing options available to help with the price. Plus, as the technology has become more advanced and widespread, the cost has decreased over the years to be more affordable for everyone!

  • MYTH: I don’t have the time for full recovery from LASIK!

FACT: Eyesight improvement will generally be noted immediately after the procedure, although it may take 24-48 hours. Approximately 99% of patients are able to return to work and normal activities by the morning following the surgery. No eye patches, no stitches– just a couple of eye drops for around a week afterwards to help with dry eyes!

  • MYTH: I’ll never need eyeglasses or contacts again after I get LASIK!

FACT: LASIK doesn’t prevent natural eye aging, which means that after you turn 40 your vision may naturally begin to decline. You may need reading glasses or ones specific to driving at night, but for day-to-day tasks you will definitely notice improvement.

If you are thinning about LASIK surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Salisbury today!

12 Questions to Ask Before LASIK Surgery

Planning on getting LASIK? Before you place the trust in someone to perform this life-changing procedure for you, it’s important to make sure that you are informed. Here are 12 important questions you should ask before getting LASIK. These are useful questions you can ask your surgeon about the procedure, coverage, complications, recovery and more.

  1. What is included in the cost of my procedure?
  2. Is this price based upon the type of laser vision correction procedure my surgeon and I have decided? Is it best for my current vision and lifestyle?
  3. Are there any additional costs not included in the price of the procedure that I might not be thinking of?
  4. Does the price cover the cost of the procedure for both my eyes?
  5. Can my insurance reduce the cost of my procedure?
  6. Is my surgeon in-network for my medical insurance or vision insurance plan?
  7. Are there any prescription medications I may need that aren’t included in the cost of the procedure?
  8. If I need a LASIK enhancement, is that included in the price?
  9. What if I have a complication after LASIK? How are the costs of the follow-up visits and additional treatment handled?
  10. How much would temporary contact lenses or glasses after the procedure cost if I need them?
  11. What if I need additional follow-up visits during recovery from LASIK? How much should I expect to pay for each of those visits?
  12. May I have a written and itemized quote that includes all of the costs associated with my procedure?

Understanding the benefits and risks of this procedure is just as important as understanding the costs associated. It is best to have a clear understanding of what is (and is not) included in the LASIK procedure before you make your decision. Knowing what questions to ask before LASIK can help you get the information you need to properly make your decision. A reputable LASIK practice should have no problem answering your questions thoughtfully and with respect for your needs. If you find that is not the case, you may want to consider finding a different LASIK surgeon to work with to achieve the clear vision that you deserve.