Even though LASIK eye surgery has existed since the 1980s, three decades later, there are still a great deal of misconceptions that exist about the surgery. We would like to offer some truths to debunk some of the most commonly expressed fears or beliefs from patients.
Misconception: LASIK is painful.
This is perhaps the most common misconception, and hesitation, people have about LASIK surgery. However, LASIK is not painful. A better term for what you may experience after the surgery is discomfort. While your eyes will be numbed with drops during the surgery, within 30 minutes after surgery, those drops will wear off. At that time, you may experience some discomfort, such as minor irritation or scratching.
Misconception: LASIK is a lengthy surgery.
On the contrary, you will spend far more time with your surgeon and other staff members before and after your surgery than you will actually undergoing the surgery. You may be surprised to learn that the total time you will spend in the surgery suite is no more than fifteen minutes—and the total time that lasers will be used is just one minute for each eye!
Misconception: Laser eye surgery is associated with high risks.
While it is normal to have some anxiety about the unknown—and there are risks with any surgical procedure—the reality is that LASIK surgery is quite safe. The main side effect of the surgery is actually dryness in the eye, which can be alleviated and treated with drops.
Misconception: Because lasers are used, the choice of a LASIK surgeon does not matter.
This is definitely not true. Yes, lasers are used during the surgery, but the creation and manipulation of the eye’s corneal flap during the surgery is a very intricate process and should be performed by an experienced, expert surgeon. The choice of surgeon is also important because you will work with him or her during your pre- and post-operative care, which is essential in providing you the highest quality outcome.