Myths About Laser Eye Surgery – Debunked!

There are myths surrounding all sorts of popular treatments and laser eye treatment is no exception. Since it was first invented, LASIK and other forms of laser vision correction were surrounded by a number of different myths and misconceptions. We believe that all people should know the truth about laser eye surgery, so they can make informed decisions when it comes to their eye health.

Here we are debunking some of the most common myths about laser eye surgery.

Myth: All laser vision correction is the same

Truth: There are a number of different laser eye surgery techniques

Most people have heard of LASIK, which is by far the most popular technique used for laser vision correction. However, LASIK isn’t your only laser eye surgery option. LASEK, PRK, and SMILE are all alternatives that work in a slightly different way than LASIK.

Each technique has its own benefits and considerations, depending on your unique eye health. The good news is that the various techniques mean that there is a suitable variety for virtually every patient! Your laser vision correction surgeon will be able to advise you which is the right procedure for you.

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Myth: Laser eye surgery is painful

Truth: Your procedure won’t hurt!

One of the most common concerns that patients have about laser vision correction surgery is that it will be painful. However, this is far from the case thanks to anesthetic eye drops, which are used ahead of every treatment and ensure that patients don’t feel any discomfort during their surgery. It’s normal for eyes to feel a little sore in the days following treatment, but this doesn’t last long and is manageable.

Myth: Laser eye surgery is dangerous!

Truth: Laser vision correction has a very high safety profile and success rate

Understandably, many people are concerned at the prospect of placing their eyes under a laser. Some even think that the laser burns the surface of the eyes! This simply isn’t true. While serious complications from laser eye surgery have occurred, these are extremely rare, and all risks are assessed during your pre-operative consultation. If your laser eye surgery provider deems the risks too high, you won’t be able to have the procedure. All lasers used are ‘cold’ and therefore don’t heat or burn the eyes. Since its inception in the early 1980s, no long-term side effects from the procedure have ever been documented.

Myth: You won’t need to attend eye exams following laser eye surgery.

Truth: Regular eye exams are recommended for all patients.

As you age, your vision will continue to change even after a laser eye surgery, meaning that attending regular eye exams is essential to check on the clarity of our vision. However, these appointments don’t only check how clearly you can see. They also incorporate elements designed to evaluate the health of your eyes, making sure that you aren’t developing any eye diseases which could compromise your vision or your health.

Myth: It doesn’t matter who performs your laser eye surgery, the outcome will be the same.

Truth: The success of any surgical procedure, including laser eye surgery, depends on the skill of the professional performing it.

Vision is one of our most valuable commodities and as such, you want to make sure that they are in the safest of hands. Lots of people and practices market themselves as being able to perform laser vision correction, but this doesn’t mean that the outcome will be the same wherever you go.

The skill of your surgeon will play a huge part in the success of your procedure so it’s essential to choose them wisely. Do your research when considering surgeons and choose someone with a proven track record, a willingness to provide patient references, and a surgeon who puts you at ease.

If you have any other concerns about laser eye surgery not mentioned here, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see which laser vision correction technique would be best for you, call Progressive Ophthalmology today at 718-565-2020!