The Truth Behind 3 Common LASIK Myths

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If you have less-than-perfect eyesight, you're certainly not alone. Whether you have astigmatism, are near-sighted, or are far-sighted, there's a good chance you have to wear contacts or prescription glasses on a daily basis. Tired of having to wear prescription lenses? If so, then it might be time to consider LASIK surgery. To make a better informed decision, however, you should know the truth behind a few of the most common LASIK misconceptions.

Myth 1: LASIK is a Painful Procedure

LASIK does involve cutting a flap in the corneas of the eyes, which certainly sounds like it'd be painful, right? In reality, any LASIK surgeon will place numbing drops on each eye before beginning the process of cutting the flaps. Therefore, patients shouldn't feel anything but a little bit of pressure. And for those who are especially nervous about the procedure, some surgeons may even offer sedatives to help patients relax. Overall, however, you shouldn't feel any pain throughout the procedure itself, so don't let that keep you from considering this as a viable option for correcting your vision problems.

Myth 2: LASIK is a Permanent Solution

In most cases, a successful LASIK procedure will allow a patient to stop wearing contact lenses or prescription glasses following the surgery. However, what a LASIK procedure doesn't do is keep a person's eyesight from further deteriorating down the road. Therefore, it's important to understand that LASIK isn't always a permanent solution, especially for those who have it done at a young age. Instead, you may find that you need to have another procedure down the road or that you need to return to wearing prescription lenses at some point in the distant future as your eyesight further changes.

Myth 3: One Procedure is All That's Needed

Finally, don't be surprised if your initial LASIK procedure doesn't leave your eyesight perfect. In many cases, follow-up, corrective procedures are needed to make the necessary "tweaks" to ensure that a patient's vision is as improved as possible. Many LASIK surgeons will include any necessary follow-up procedure with the cost of the original surgery for up to a year, so you can have any corrective procedures that you need done at no additional cost to you. Be sure to check with your surgeon (such as Foulkes Vision Institute), however, to be sure that this is the case. Not all patients need to have follow-up procedures, but there's always a good chance that this will be the case.

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