For over 20 years, laser eye surgery has been helping patients regain their vision without the hindrances of corrective lenses. However, the nature of the surgery has led to a number of myths about the procedure. Don’t believe everything you hear. If you’re considering laser eye surgery to repair your vision, here are some myths and the truth behind them.
Laser Eye Surgery May Cause Blindness
Urban legends have given momentum to the idea that laser eye surgery can cause blindness. This simply isn’t true. Because laser eye surgery affects only the surface of the eye, major complications are rare. Furthermore, no known cases of blindness have ever been reported as a result of laser eye surgery.
Laser Eye Surgery Is Painful
Hollywood films have planted the idea that all lasers are weapons-grade. Yet most patients of laser eye surgery don’t report any pain during the procedure. Doctors use numbing eye drops prior to the surgery to anesthetize the eyes. The eye drops typically take effect in about 15 minutes. Patients that are uneasy about the procedure can also request a sedative to calm their nerves. Following the surgery, some patients may feel slight discomfort, but this usually subsides within a matter of days.
Laser Eye Surgery Only Fixes Nearsightedness
A common misconception about laser eye surgery is that it only corrects myopia (nearsightedness). Contrary to this belief, laser eye surgery can actually treat all types of refractive eye ailments, including hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. However, laser eye surgery is ineffective on age-related presbyopia, which is an eye ailment caused by the natural thickening and loss of elasticity in the lens of your eye.
All Patients Are Candidates for Laser Eye Surgery
Unfortunately, not all patients are candidates for laser eye surgery. More specifically, those with health problems such as autoimmune deficiencies or diabetes may not be eligible for surgery. This is due to the body’s inability to repair the flap of skin over the eye after the procedure. That said, this affects only a small portion of potential candidates. Overall, up to 90% of candidates are accepted for laser eye surgery.
Laser Eye Surgery Isn’t Permanent
Laser eye surgery is a permanent procedure, affecting the way that light enters the cornea and focuses on the retina. Despite the permanence of the procedure, your eyes still change over time, which may necessitate the need for reading glasses or bifocals in the future. Nevertheless, laser eye surgery vastly improves the quality of life and vision of patients throughout their lifetime.
Any Complications from Laser Eye Surgery Are Uncorrectable
Although complications from laser eye surgery are rare, a myth still exists that these complications are uncorrectable. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. Eye surgeons can perform further surgeries or corrective treatments to improve vision and the results of the procedure.
With a 96% success rate, laser eye surgery is a successful method to eliminate the problems caused by myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Now that you’ve learned the facts, don’t hesitate to consider laser eye surgery and start living life with crystal-clear 20/20 vision.
Dr. Alexandra Chebil in Newport Beach has performed over 70,000 treatments. Patients achieve better than 20/20 vision and appreciate her hands-on meticulous approach from their first visit to long after their treatment is complete.
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