LASIK surgery has been proven to be safe and effective after several decades of use around the world. However, some myths about laser eye surgery continue to persist. In this post, the team at The 20/20 Institute clears up some common LASIK myths.
Myth #1: Getting LASIK Is Painful
A topical anesthetic is used to numb your eyes before your surgery. Most patients experience only minor discomfort during their LASIK procedure. In fact, patients who are uncomfortable touching their eyes may prefer LASIK to the daily discomfort caused by using contact lenses.
Myth #2: You Can’t Afford LASIK
There are many ways to pay for LASIK:
- Most major credit cards
- MostHealth Savings Accounts or Flexible Savings Accounts
- 24-month,interest-free payment plans or lines of credit are also available
You should also consider how LASIK can save you money. Think about how much you spend on glasses, contacts, and contact lens solution, and the cost of LASIK may start to look like a good long-term investment.
Myth #3: All LASIK Procedures Are the Same
Leading-edge technology can make a big difference in your LASIK procedure. The use of a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap — also known as bladeless LASIK — is one example of advanced technology that can improve the results of your procedure and reduce the risk of complications.
For corneal reshaping, an excimer laser provides the most precise outcomes. It also has eye-tracking features that can shut the laser down if your eye moves out of the proper position, increasing the safety of the procedure.
Myth #4: You Should Look for the Cheapest LASIK Provider
Cost shouldn’t be the only factor you look at when choosing a LASIK surgeon. When you are doing research, ask yourself the following questions about each potential LASIK surgeon:
- How long have they been performing LASIK?
- What education and credentials do they have?
- Do they provide patient testimonials, referrals, or documented results?
If a LASIK provider looks like a good fit, schedule a consultation. A good optometrist or ophthalmologist should carefully evaluate your candidacy to make sure LASIK is the right option for you. They should also listen to your concerns, answer any questions you have, and tell you what to expect during your LASIK procedure and your recovery period.
To schedule your appointment at The 20/20 Institute, please contact our Indianapolis practice today