LASIK surgery promises treatment for people with vision problems. This sounds like a dream come true especially for people who have lived with a blurry vision all their lives. But the risks that may come with the procedure prevents most from undergoing surgery. However, most of the stories that come around are just myths with nothing to back them up.
Here are a couple of these myths, along with an explanation why they are merely misconceptions:
- LASIK surgery is painful
Many people expect that surgery is painful because it generally involves an incision. However, in LASIK eye surgery the incision made in the eye is very small and is virtually unnoticeable. It is so small that it does not require any stitches and could heal all on its own. To be fair, it has to be said that there could be mild discomfort immediately after the surgery. But the discomfort doesn’t last and could easily be remedied by eye drops.
- The laser beams could potentially damage the eyes
LASIK surgeries are proven to be 99% successful in treating vision problems. That very high success rate alone could stand as a testament to the safety and effectivity of this treatment. Also, if you inquire to your nearest LASIK surgery clinic, they could easily explain that the laser beams are computer-controlled and accurate. The lasers are used to make precise and quick incisions on the cornea and in reshaping the inner layers of the eye. The equipment used and the experience of the surgeon contribute to the accuracy and precision of the treatment, which leaves little to no space for error.
- Results of the surgery don’t last
The results of LASIK surgery last for the rest of the patient’s life. In LASIK, the shape of the lens inside our eyes is corrected through the use of precise laser beams. The lens does not go back to its incorrect shape once the surgery is done. The source of this misconception could be that patients encounter vision problems years after their LASIK surgery. However, this is not due to the surgery at all, but because of normal age-related changes in the eyes. LASIK corrects vision problems, but it does not prevent normal changes from occurring.
For those interested in LASIK treatments, the best thing to do is visit a clinic and ask all the questions that you have in mind. Not only will they clarify the procedure to you, they could also offer advice on the best way to treat your vision problem.