LASIK remains the most popular refractive surgery in the U.S., correcting a variety of common vision problems. According to The American Refractive Surgery Council, LASIK enjoys an unprecedented 96% patient satisfaction rate, the highest of any optical elective procedure.
Because LASIK surgery is prevalent, there is a great deal of information circulating about the procedure—and misinformation buzzing around that may be preventing people from seeking treatment. The in-office procedure is safe and quick, taking 20 minutes or less for both eyes, with the vast majority of patients experiencing 20/20 vision once their eyes have completely healed! The price tag on LASIK has become more affordable over the years, so why not consider it?
Here, the trusted ophthalmologists at Mann Eye Institute will tackle some myths about LASIK with the simple truths.
Myth: I’m not a candidate for LASIK. Why?
Truth: It is true that some people do not qualify for LASIK eye surgery for various health reasons. But, the fact is, continuous improvements in technology over the last 10 years may now qualify people who may have been disqualified in the past. If you had a consultation 10 years ago, don’t take yourself out of the game.
Screening and diagnosis for issues such as astigmatism, dry eye or thin corneas have fast-forwarded to the betterment of pinpointing exact candidates for LASIK. Take astigmatism, for instance. LASIK with astigmatism (just like nearsightedness and farsightedness) is possible. In most cases, LASIK can fully correct astigmatism, a form of refractive impairment that blurs vision due to an irregularity in the cornea. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK is to talk with your Mann Eye Institute specialist.
Myth: I’m too old for LASIK.
Truth: Most surgeons recommend waiting until you’re over 18 to receive LASIK treatment. Plenty of people opt for LASIK in their 40s, 50s , nd 60s who are confirmed healthy candidates. However, you can’t avoid getting older. Your eyes are more at risk for a number of conditions that can prevent you from being an ideal candidate for having LASIK, such as presbyopia, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Myth: LASIK is too expensive for most people.
Truth: The cost of LASIK surgery has decreased over the years with new competition and technology advancements in visual acuity, making LASIK more accessible. There are a number of financing options that can help make LASIK more affordable. Be cautious, however, of the ads for low-cost $299 LASIK procedures. Often, these practitioners are using old technology. So, you can expect a low-quality outcome.
Here at Mann Eye Institute, we believe that quality eye care should be available to everyone. That’s why we work hard to make LASIK affordable for you. So if cost scares you, don’t let it. Come talk to us! We accept cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, credit cards and pre-approved credit plans. And if you decide to finance your procedure, we have flexible payment options.
You should also consider how much you could actually save (yes, save!) by having LASIK. Think of all the frames, contacts, prescription lenses, solution and cases you will use in the future.
Myth: Physicians would never have LASIK performed on their own eyes.
Truth: Recognizing its benefits and having the tools at their disposal, refractive surgeons are more than 4x more likely to have had refractive surgery than the general population. “The evolution in the technology of this procedure has just been incredible,” says Dr. Jennifer Melton, Mann Eye Institute, who decided (after consultation) that LASIK was best for her sight in treating her patients. “We are able to address things that we couldn’t have touched even five to 10 years ago. It is impressive.”
Myth: LASIK is painful.
Truth: No, LASIK surgery is not painful; it is efficient and essentially pain-free. Numbing drops are applied to keep your eyes comfortable during LASIK. Most patients are surprised at how quick and innocuous the procedure is, taking 20 minutes or less for both eyes. If you still feel anxious, we understand. You will be offered a mild sedative 15 minutes prior to treatment. You can expect improved vision immediately after completion, with total recovery usually within 24 hours and no downtime—meaning you can return to normal activities, including work (boo) and play (yay).
Myth: You can go blind with LASIK.
Truth: There is no single recorded case of a LASIK patient going blind. The procedure only affects the front surface of the eye, and serious complications are rare.
Myth: Successful LASIK means no more eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Truth: LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK surgery does not prevent the natural progression of aging changes in the eyes. At some point after age 40, you will likely need reading glasses. It’s also possible that you might need glasses on a part-time basis for specific tasks, such as driving at night.
A final thought: The best part about LASIK eye surgery is that you are now living without restrictions. At Mann Eye Institute, our team of expert surgeons is dedicated to helping you See Life Better. Book a consultation with us today and, together, we can discuss and assess your specific needs for LASIK.