Written by Shannon Wong on March 21, 2018
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser vision correction procedure today but there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding it that may prevent some people from seeking treatment. Austin Eye believes in educating our patients on the most up-to-date and accurate information to help them make the best decisions when it comes to their vision. Here, our trusted Austin LASIK surgeons uncover the truth on the most common myths surrounding the procedure.
Myth #1: LASIK Is Painful
The LASIK procedure itself is a comfortable and pain-free procedure. Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eyes prior to the procedure and ensure the patient is comfortable. Following surgery, minor discomfort is normal but should go away after a few hours.
Myth #2: You Can Go Blind from LASIK
There is no evidence that anyone has ever gone blind as a result of LASIK. In fact, LASIK has a high safety record and success rate, which is one of the reasons why the procedure is so popular. Complications are possible but very rare. If there is a problem detected, your LASIK surgeon can address it immediately.
Myth #3: I’m Too Old for LASIK
There is no upper age restriction for the procedure. In fact, many adults in their 50s and 60s have undergone LASIK successfully. Keep in mind that there are several eye conditions that may disqualify older adults from receiving LASIK, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Ideal candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years old and have good eye health.
Myth #4: LASIK Is Expensive
While it is true that LASIK usually involves a large upfront cost, evidence shows that the procedure can actually help you save tens of thousands of dollars in vision-related costs over the years. Our team compares the cost of LASIK and the lifetime cost of contacts in this blog post.
Learn more about LASIK from one of our experienced laser vision correction surgeons. To schedule a one-on-one consultation please contact our North office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.