Common LASIK Myths
Although LASIK eye surgery has been around for years and has been performed on millions of patients, there are still some misconceptions due to misinformation. The following are the top “myths” about LASIK surgery, along with the reasons they are not true.
“LASIK CURES ALL EYE CONDITIONS”
LASIK does not cure all of the possible eye illnesses. LASIK only cures the need for glasses or contacts in regard to nearsightedness. In severe cases, glasses might still even be needed. Even in less severe cases, patients may still choose to use glasses for things like reading or when they are in front of a computer screen.
“LASIK IS VERY EXPENSIVE”
Of course if you are paying for LASIK eye surgery out-of-pocket, the costs will be higher, but comparing it to other surgical procedures, it is not that bad. If you have health insurance with a vision component, it will at least pay partially for the cost of the surgery. The best part is, you save money in the long run by no longer requiring continuous shipments of contact lenses or new glasses.
“GETTING LASIK CAN REMOVE YOU FROM SOME JOB CONSIDERATIONS”
Back in the 80’s when the surgery was just starting to be performed, it was common for those looking to join a field where quality of vision is paramount (the police, paramedic, firefighters, military, etc.), to avoid LASIK procedures and opt for more “proven” methods of vision improvement. LASIK has gotten to the point now where the risks are so minimal, that these concerns are no longer valid.
“LASIK SURGERY IS DANGEROUS”
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complication. However, LASIK surgery is constantly being improved upon. Today, the risk of problems arising from LASIK eye surgery is less than one percent.
“IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO RECOVER FROM SURGERY”
Recovery after LASIK is fairly quick for most patients. Since the procedure is outpatient, you can often resume light housework the next day and often return to work within the week if not the next day.
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