LASIK vision correctionhas been around for many years but there are misconceptions about the procedure.
Knowing the truth about laser vision correction can help you decide whether
or not LASIK is right for you. Here are some of the common rumors that
you might have heard.
LASIK is not for people over 40. Age alone does not determine your LASIK eligibility, but because many
patients over 40 begin having difficulty seeing things up close, there
may be better options. The only way to determine whether or not you are
eligible for LASIK is to have an evaluation done.
LASIK procedures result in perfect vision. First, LASIK does not always result in 20/20 vision. At times, it results
in vision better than 20/20, while in some situations and depending on
the condition of the individual’s eyes, it is not possible to achieve
20/20 vision. Regardless of the results, the improvements in vision are
always significant compared to one’s vision before the procedure.
Second, LASIK is not appropriate for all eye disorders. It is used to
treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.
A person’s job opportunities are limited after LASIK. Fewer employers are imposing LASIK surgery restrictions on their employees,
even for athletes, police officers, pilots, etc. The best thing to do
is to check with your employer to determine their LASIK policies before
having the procedure.
The procedure is so simple that there is no risk of any complications. While the risks of LASIK complications are less than 1%, as with any surgery,
there are potential risks. Discuss possible complications and any concerns
that you have with your surgeon.
Because the laser is removing tissue from my eye, it must be painful. The eye drop anesthesia that is used for the procedure is highly effective,
and you shouldn’t experience pain. The procedure itself is also
very fast; much of the time is taken with the surgeon’s great attention
to the details of cleaning the area around the eye and setting up the laser.
Understanding the facts is essential in deciding whether or LASIK is right
for you. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to a qualified surgeon
board certified in LASIK surgery. A good surgeon will take the time and
be eager to answer all of your questions.