LASIK Eye Surgery Common Myths

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 17-Apr-2012

LASIK MythsIf you are considering LASIK eye surgery, you will most likely have questions about the procedure and risks associated with laser vision correction surgery. LASIK is becoming more and more common, but many people have misconceptions about the procedure, and the risks and effects associated with LASIK.

Here are a few common myths about laser eye surgery, and a response from the doctors at the Key-Whitman laser eye center.

LASIK is a new procedure and doctors have little experience.

Laser vision correction surgery is actually more than 15 years old. Millions of patients have undergone laser vision correction surgery with few complications.

It can’t be called “surgery.”

During the LASIK procedure, an IntraLaselaser is used to create a flap that is gently lifted and folded back. The laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue by emitting a computer-controlled beam of light that removes the exact amount of tissue in a matter of seconds. The corneal flap is then placed back into its original position. Due to the cornea's extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches or patches are required. It is a very delicate surgery, but is surgery, nonetheless.

The laser could burn your eye during the procedure.

Lasers used in LASIK and other laser vision correction surgeries are considered “cold” lasers, and will not burn the surface of the eye.

All laser eye surgery is the same.

Different lasers are used in different procedures, and will produce varying results. The doctors at Key-Whitman use the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q for OptiLASIK™ eye treatment. OptiLASIK is designed to adapt to the curvature of each individual eye, and is therefore able to reshape the eye more precisely.

PRK (also known as Photorefractive Keratectomy is another alternative to LASIK in which the cornea is re-shaped by removing a microscopic layer of tissue, rather than creating a flap in the eye.

While there are many who benefit from laser vision correction, there are potential side effects including glare from bright lights, halos (rings around lights), light sensitivity, night driving glare, and visual fluctuation. Your individual risks will be discussed at the time of your consultation. For more information regarding the risks and benefits associated with the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q treatment, please visit http://www.alconsurgical.com/wavelight-allegretto-wave-eye-Q-laser.aspx or www.fda.gov.

There is no preferred age for laser eye surgery.

It is recommended that LASIK patients are 18-years-old or older. LASIK patients should not have had a significant change in their vision in the past twelve months. Frequent prescription changes will produce less-desirable results.

Laser eye surgery can correct any vision problems.

The most treatable eye conditions for LASIK are:

  • Nearsightedness with or without astigmatism (myopia)
  • Farsightedness with or without astigmatism (hyperopia)

If you have more questions about LASIK vision correction surgery, check out our frequently asked questions page on our website.

Are there other “myths” you’ve heard about laser eye surgery? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to tell you fact or fiction.

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