Taking the Fear Out of LASIK Surgery

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 16-Mar-2011

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.

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