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6 Myths About LASIK Debunked

By Court


As your source for world-class refractive eye surgery for Weber County, UT, Monson is committed to providing a fantastic experience for each and every one of our patients. As an expression of our commitment to greater education and awareness of LASIK options, we’re dedicating this month’s blog to debunking a few myths about LASIK surgery to set the record straight!


Myth #1: LASIK surgery is painful

Fact: We use numbing eye drops to keep your eyes comfortable during the LASIK procedure, which takes only takes approximately 15 minutes for each of your eyes. Although you will feel some pressure briefly at first, the laser reshaping of the eye is completely pain-free. If you are feeling anxious before the procedure, your surgeon can supply you with a mild sedative to help you relax.


Myth #2: You can go blind from a LASIK procedure

Fact: LASIK only affects the front surface of the eye. Severe complications are highly rare, and no one has ever gone blind due to LASIK surgery.


Myth #3: If you have poor procedure results, nothing can be done to fix the issue

Fact: Over 95% of LASIK patients are satisfied with their results. However, if for any reason your results are unsatisfactory, there are a number of available treatment options that can further improve your vision. Also, possible LASIK side effects such as dry eyes are usually temporary and can be easily managed.


Myth #4: LASIK is still new, so nobody knows what the long-term side effects are

Fact: Laser vision correction was first introduced in the 1980s, with the first treatment being performed in the United States in 1987. Side effects from today’s LASIK surgery are usually mild, happen shortly after surgery, and resolve themselves quickly. Severe complications are rare. 


Myth #5: LASIK only corrects nearsightedness, not farsightedness or astigmatism

Fact: LASIK can correct any common refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. If you have severe refractive errors, there are also other refractive surgery options available.


Myth #6: A successful LASIK surgery means you’ll never need glasses or contact lenses again

Fact: LASIK doesn’t prevent the progression of normal changes in the eyes due to aging, so at some point, you most likely will need reading glasses just like anyone else. Also, it is possible that you may still need to wear glasses on a part-time basis for particular tasks, such as nighttime driving.

To learn more about LASIK eye surgery, as well as PRK laser eye surgery options in Bannock County, ID, don’t hesitate to call our team at Monson Vision today at 435-213-1768.