Even though it’s been around a long time, LASIK remains the most popular refractive surgery in the U.S., correcting a variety of common vision challenges. According to The American Refractive Surgery Council, LASIK enjoys an unprecedented 96% patient satisfaction rate, the highest of any optical elective procedure.
Because LASIK surgery is so common, there is a lot of information circulating about the procedure—and misinformation buzzing around that may prevent people from seeking treatment. The in-office procedure is safe and quick, taking 20 minutes or less for both eyes, with the vast majority of patients experiencing 20/20 vision once their eyes have completely healed. Even better, the price point on LASIK has become more affordable over the years, so there’s never been a better time to consider it.
Here, we will debunk some myths about LASIK with simple truths.
Myth: I’m not a candidate for LASIK.
Truth: It is true that some people do not qualify for LASIK for various health reasons. But, the fact is, continuous improvements and advances in technology over the last decade may now qualify people who may have been disqualified in the past. If you had a consultation ten years ago or more, don’t assume you’re still not a candidate. Have another consultation.
Screening and diagnosis for issues such as astigmatism, dry eye or thin corneas have improved exponentially and can pinpoint exact candidates for LASIK. Take astigmatism, for example. LASIK with astigmatism (just like nearsightedness and farsightedness) is now possible. In most cases, LASIK can fully correct astigmatism. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK is to talk with your Carter Eye Center surgeon.
Myth: I’m too old for LASIK.
Truth: Most surgeons do recommend waiting until you’re over 18 to receive LASIK and Dr. Carter is no different. Plenty of people opt for LASIK in their 40s and beyond who are confirmed, healthy candidates. However, your eyes are more at risk for a number of conditions that can prevent you from being an ideal candidate for LASIK, such as presbyopia, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and even glaucoma. A comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Carter will help determine if LASIK is the right course of vision correction for you.
Myth: LASIK is too expensive.
Truth: With competition and technology advancements, LASIK has become more accessible to more people over the years. Here at Carter Eye Center, we believe that quality eye care should be within reach of everyone. That’s why we work hard to make LASIK affordable for you. So if cost is a barrier, come talk to us! We accept cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, credit cards and pre-approved credit plans. And if you decide to finance your procedure, we have flexible payment options that we’d love to talk to you about.
Myth: LASIK hurts.
Truth: LASIK surgery is not painful; most of our patients describe it as essentially pain-free. Some have described the sensation as a slight pressure but never pain. At Carter Eye Center, numbing drops are applied to keep your eyes comfortable for the duration of the procedure. Most patients are surprised at how quick the whole thing is, taking 20 minutes or less for both eyes! But if you still feel anxious, we understand. You will be offered a mild sedative 15 minutes prior to treatment.
You can expect improved vision immediately after completion, with total recovery usually within 24 hours and no downtime—meaning you can return to normal activities almost right away.
Myth: LASIK wears off over time.
Truth: LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK surgery creates a permanent change to the cornea, so the treatment will not wear off over time. It’s just not possible. However, as your eye ages, other vision problems, unrelated to the corneal surface, can still occur, such as presbyopia (over-40 vision) and cataracts. When we assess your vision at Carter Eye Center, we will determine which of our many advanced vision-correcting procedures is right for you.
A closing thought: One of the best parts about LASIK is that you are now living unhindered by the hassles of glasses and contacts! Many of our patients describe it as freedom! At Carter Eye Center, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your personal best vision. Book a consultation with us today and, together, we can discuss and assess whether LASIK is right for you.