LASIK: Myths vs. Facts

LASIK is a safe, effective treatment for vision correction and is one of the most successful surgeries that can be performed on the human body.  The procedure has a remarkable success rate, with 96% of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

However, some people shy away from LASIK because they’re afraid of pain, complications, etc. If any of the below reasons are keeping you from calling 1.800.DIAL.EYE to schedule a complimentary evaluation, read on as we clear up some of the myths surrounding LASIK.

Myth 1: LASIK is painful.

Fact: LASIK is relatively painless. Your surgeon will use anesthetic drops to numb the eye during the procedure.  Post-surgery, some patients may experience mild discomfort or a gritty sensation in the eye that will fade after a few hours.  Most people require nothing more than an aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve any irritation and are back to work the next day.

Myth: There is a high risk of complications associated with LASIK.

Fact: Since 1996, LASIK eye surgery has been approved and considered safe by the FDA, with the risk of serious complications at less than one percent. At John-Kenyon, we use disposable instruments, which further minimizes the risk of irritation or infection.

Myth: Long term side-effects of LASIK have not yet been discovered.

Fact: Over 17 million patients have benefitted from laser eye surgery since it was invented in the 1980s. No long-term side effects of the procedure have been documented.

Myth: The benefits of LASIK don’t last.

Fact: LASIK permanently changes the shape of the cornea in order to treat vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The effects of LASIK don’t wear off, although it is still possible to experience a normal decline in vision as you age.  Down the line, this change may require the need for reading glasses or prescription eye glasses for driving at night.  It is important that you continue to have routine eye examinations.

Myth: All LASIK surgeons are the same.

Fact: Look for a surgeon who has a long record of performing LASIK treatment and a high success rate. Both of John-Kenyon’s LASIK surgeons, Dr. Asim Piracha and Dr. Timothy Schmitt, have had LASIK, as have most of the John-Kenyon staff members who are candidates.  Together, they have performed over NUMBER LASIK procedures and have a combined NUMBER years of experience.