Laser eye surgery is one of the most widely performed surgeries in the world, with an estimated 30 million people treated each year. Although it has only been performed in the U.S. for 25 years, many people are still apprehensive about the procedure due to certain myths they perceive to be true.
At CorrectVision Laser Institute, we want to put your fears to rest. We have provided you with a list of five debunked myths and true facts about laser eye surgery.
Myth #1: Laser Eye Surgery is Painful
Truth: Laser eye surgery is a painless procedure done while a patient is awake. Numbing eye drops are placed into the eye to take away any sensation, and for those patients who are anxious, a mild sedative is also administered. Since laser eye surgery is quick with almost no recovery time, it is considered an outpatient procedure, which means that no overnight hospital stay is required.
Myth #2: Laser Eye Surgery Causes Blindness
Truth: Laser eye surgery is considered a safe procedure, and any serious complications associated with it are rare. Though there is a chance that it could lead to blindness, the odds of it being true are 1 in 15 million. This procedure is very precise, and if a patient experiences any complication it’s typically a mild infection. To ensure that you understand the full extent of this procedure, make sure you choose an experienced and qualified surgeon and ask questions prior to the procedure.
Myth #3: Laser Eye Surgery Means No More Glasses
Truth: Laser eye surgery is recognized for being able to correct long or short-sightedness as well as astigmatism, however it’s not able to prevent the eyes’ natural aging process. It is possible for you to need reading glasses in the long-term or glasses to accomplish certain tasks, such as driving at night.
Myth #4: All Surgical Results are the Same Despite Cost
Truth: There are some clinics that offer laser eye surgery for a lower, more affordable price. Keep in mind though that you get what you pay for, and clinics that offer lower prices may not always offer the highest quality of service. In order to avoid endangering your eyesight, you may want to opt for the higher priced surgery, which includes an experienced surgeon, technicians and quality services that are sure to give you the results you desire.
Myth #5: There are Unknown Long-term Side Effects
Truth: Laser eye surgery has been performed on many patients with no reported long-term side effects. Side effects that do occur typically happen immediately after surgery and last for only a short period of time. They can include: a gritty feeling, temporary dry eyes, watering or a mild infection.
CorrectVision Laser Institute is one of Florida’s most advanced vision correction practices with extensive experience in laser eye surgery. Our goal is to open your eyes to the world of great vision by offering unparalleled expertise and the most advanced technology available. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our South Florida eye specialists, located in Hollywood, Weston and Pembroke Pines!