Cleveland has some of the most incredible medical facilities in the world, with the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals in our backyard. We have incredible access to top Universities like John Carroll and Case Western Reserve University. Even our children benefit from a great experience at the Great Lakes Science Center. So it’s ironic that there are so many misconceptions floating around about LASIK correction surgery.
When people make assumptions about LASIK, they can become scared or nervous about having a surgery they actually know very little about. This has created a bit of a stigma around LASIK, when really it is nothing to fear! You might be surprised to learn the following about LASIK surgery:
LASIK surgery has been approved in the United States for more than 20 years.
Many people still think of LASIK as a ‘new’ surgery, but this surgery has been practiced, refined and enhanced since its approval in the U.S. in 1995, more than 20 years ago—and Dr. Greg Eippert, our LASIK surgeon, has been performing these surgeries since 1997.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States have had LASIK surgery.
LASIK surgery has become common among friends, family members and coworkers. In 2010, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reported more than 800,000 refractive surgeries, including LASIK and PRK, had been performed in the U.S. That number has only grown in the last 8 years.
The surgery takes just minutes.
The use of the laser for vision correction is less than 1 minute per eye, and your total time in surgery is 10-15 minutes. Yes, you will spend more time in the dentist’s chair for a filling than you will in the surgery suite at LVC!
There is a very low chance of a minor visual complication.
It is common for potential patients to be scared of the surgery for fear of being at risk of vision loss or another complication. The reality is that there is a very low chance of experiencing even a minor visual complication following LASIK surgery. You can be at ease, knowing that your eyes are tracked throughout the surgery which is designed for your safety and to deliver absolute precision in results.
If you have any questions about LASIK, don’t hesitate to contact the team at LVC.