Let's Clear Up Misconceptions About Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery was first developed about two decades ago. As common as it has become for people to undergo laser eye surgery to correct vision difficulties, there are still far too many misconceptions circulating. Here, we discuss what those misconceptions are, along with the truths you need to know about laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery is painful.
- When we conduct laser eye surgery like LASIK, we administer anesthetic eye drops. These drops numb the nerves in the eye so the procedure feels comfortable. The most discomfort that patients describe is a gritty feeling that lasts a few hours after surgery.
Laser eye surgery is good for anyone.
- While many people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism are good candidates for laser eye surgery, there are factors that could affect a person's suitability for this procedure. A thorough eye exam is performed to ensure corneal thickness is optimal and that no other eye or health conditions may affect the outcome of treatment.
Laser eye surgery eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- Laser eye surgery has a high success rate for correcting vision at the time. However, treatment does not prevent future changes in the eye, such as the stiffening of the natural lens that often occurs in middle-age.
Laser energy can burn the eyes.
- Laser eye procedures are performed with cold lasers that cannot burn tissue.
Laser eye surgery is all the same and not dependent on the provider.
- Laser eye surgery can be very safe and effective when conducted properly. This includes the pre- and post-surgical aspects of treatment. The skill of the ophthalmologist can make a significant difference in the outcome of surgery, so it is important to trust your eyesight only to a trained, board-certified professional who has performed many laser procedures.
There is a long recovery after laser eye surgery.
- Laser eye treatment is surgery, but it is streamlined and gentle on tissue so healing occurs quickly. Patients typically see well soon after surgery, with results peaking after about two weeks.
The team at Eye Institute of Houston is dedicated to helping patients see better and feel better. If you're ready to take a closer look at laser eye surgery, schedule a consultation at (713) 668-7337.