There is a lot of misunderstanding and misplaced fear surrounding LASIK. As a board-certified LASIK surgeon and cornea specialist, I can say that my LASIK patients are some of my HAPPIEST patients. If I could have a clinic FULL of just LASIK patients, I’d be a happy camper (albeit a bit bored) So today, let’s bust some LASIK myths:
1️⃣ It’s painful- LASIK is actually painless. We put numbing eye drops and give you a pill to relax. The only discomfort you might feel is a mild pressure for ~15 seconds. You may feel a slight sandy sensation for the first day or so. Most people are 20/20 and able to return to school or work the next day.
2️⃣ It’s risky (à la Final Destination)- Did you know LASIK is one of the most studied elective procedures to date? There are over 7000 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating safety and efficacy. The satisfaction rate is over 96% with less than 1% complications. There are many safety mechanisms built in: An eyelid opener is used to keep the eyelids apart so you don’t have to worry about blinking. The newest lasers have a pupil tracker with a 6-8 millisecond response time so the moment your eye drifts, the laser automatically stops! My practice uses bladeless all-laser LASIK so the risks are further minimized.
3️⃣ It can’t fix astigmatism- If your astigmatism is correctable with glasses, then it’s fixable with LASIK! It can also treat any nearsightedness or farsightedness at the same time.
4️⃣ It wears off over time- The majority of patients (>95%) have great results that last for many years. If yours wears off, it’s possible that your prescription was not yet stable at the time of surgery because your eyes were still changing. There is also a greater chance of regression for eyes with higher prescriptions (>6 D) because the healing process is less predictable. The good news is a small touch-up can almost always be done if needed. And remember, LASIK doesn’t prevent other age-related problems like cataracts or presbyopia (loss of near vision).
Stay tuned for Part 2. Have you ever considered LASIK? I’m happy to answer any questions! See the full post below