Fact vs. Myth: LASIK Surgery

 In Eye Care

LASIK eye surgery has grown in popularity over the years. But, has what you hear about the procedure really fact, or is it a myth? We at Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo can help you in deciphering myth from actual fact. Below are some common myths we have heard when it comes to LASIK.

 

Myth: Everyone can have LASIK.

 

Fact: Not everyone can be a candidate for LASIK. LASIK is not the best option for patients with thin or irregular corneas, eye diseases or eye viruses. Poor health problems, such uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disease, may increase risks of poor outcomes.

 

Myth: LASIK can cause blindness.

 

Fact: There have been no confirmed cases of LASIK blinding anyone. While it is rare, there have been some complications that have been reported. During the pre-operative consultation and exam, the eye doctor can review all potential risks with the patient as well as determine whether the patient is a good LASIK candidate.

 

Myth: Once you have LASIK eye surgery, you won’t need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses ever again.

 

Fact: While LASIK has proven to improve your eyesight, it is still possible for your eyesight to worsen with age. This change may require the need for reading glasses or the need to wear prescription eyeglasses for driving at night. It’s important that you continue to have routine eye examinations to maintain your eye health.

 

Myth: All LASIK outcomes are the same so it doesn’t matter which doctor performs the surgery.

 

Fact: This couldn’t be more false. As with any surgical procedure you want to make sure you have a doctor that has done their homework and has the trusted experience you need. The Doctors at Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo can be the trusted and experienced doctor you need to perform you LASIK procedure.

 

Myth:  LASIK is painful.

 

Fact: LASIK eye surgery is painless. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye during the procedure. After the procedure, patients describe discomfort such as a gritty sensation in the eye for a few hours. Most people, however, experience very little discomfort and require nothing more than aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve any irritation.

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