Top LASIK Misconceptions: Part Two

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Building off the Top LASIK Misconceptions: Part One, I am here to help dispel even more of the misconceptions I hear on a daily basis about LASIK. These topics include things like recovery time, blurry vision, and pain.

Top LASIK Misconceptions (continued)

  1. “I’m worried about moving my eye.” This is one of the most common fears, but all lasers today use eye-tracking technology. This technology ensures that every pulse of the laser is precisely targeted on the portion of the eye being corrected, even if the patient moves.
  2. “I heard LASIK is very risky.” LASIK is very safe. In fact, some studies show that the risk associated with LASIK is lower than the lifetime risk of wearing contact lenses. For those who sleep with their contacts in, for example, the risk of infection is actually 40 times lower with LASIK.
  3. “I’m concerned my vision will be blurry.” Most studies show the risk of visual blurring is less than 1%. Plus, at least 30% of LASIK patients see better than they did with glasses before surgery. Overall, 98% of patients achieve 20/20 or better vision with advanced forms of LASIK.
  4. “I’m worried about pain.” LASIK is a virtually painless procedure both during and after surgery. Patients are remarkably comfortable throughout surgery, with only topical anesthetic drops necessary to numb the eye. The eyes can feel a bit scratchy for the first two hours after surgery, but my patients uniformly find the recovery quick and easy.
  5. “I don’t have time for LASIK.” LASIK takes less than 15 minutes for both eyes and allows for a very fast visual recovery. The overwhelming majority of people are back to work the next day. In fact, the next morning after LASIK is the most exciting part, with patients waking up and being able to see the leaves on trees as well as drive comfortably without glasses.

Next Steps

Should you have additional questions after reading through these LASIK misconceptions, schedule an appointment with your regular eye doctor. He or she can answer all of your questions and provide a referral to a reputable clinic and experienced surgeon.

Check your VSP benefits to learn more about any coverage for LASIK. Or check out VSP exclusive member extra LASIK offers at vsp.com/specialoffers.

About the Author

Dr. Jeffery J. Machat, MD, FRCSC, DABO, is double Board Certified in Ophthalmology in the United States and Canada. He has performed more than 70,000 LASIK procedures and has trained thousands of surgeons. He practices out of the NVISION locations in Murrieta, Concord, and Foster City.

1 Comment

  • Jennifer S. says:

    LASIK was by far one of the best things I’ve ever done. I was in my 40s and had been waiting for a long time for it (my vision didn’t stabilize until later than most). I was so excited and not at all afraid (I refused any tranquilizing meds, for example). There was absolutely no pain. I was just very sensitive to light immediately after — I never would have found my car in the parking lot if I had been alone, which of course you can’t be right afterwards). Went home, took a nap, woke up and could see everything. Wonderful!

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