There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding LASIK surgery. Here are the top five myths debunked!
Myth #1: LASIK won’t treat my astigmatism.
LASIK can effectively treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In fact, LASIK can effectively treat more than 95% of all refractive errors.
Myth #2: The results from LASIK wear off over time.
The change induced by LASIK is permanent. While it is true that some people’s prescriptions may change over time, this is the exception rather than the rule. In long-term studies, the vast majority of patients had insignificant changes over time and remained free of glasses and contacts.
Myth #3: LASIK is painful.
LASIK is generally a pain free procedure. There are a few moments of pressure, and the process can seem intimidating to patients before their treatment begins, but before any surgery begins numbing drops are placed in the patient’s eyes to prevent discomfort. The entire surgery is over in a matter of minutes. After surgery, your eyes may burn, itch or feel like there is something in them for the evening, and eye drops and a mild pain reliever should provide relief.
Myth #4: Recovery from LASIK takes a long time.
Almost all people are able to drive and return to work within one to three days of surgery and resume normal exercise routines right away. Patients are instructed to avoid any water that could be contaminated (like hot tubs, lakes and pools) for two to three weeks.
Myth #5: It doesn’t matter which doctor performs LASIK surgery.
Experience counts. When considering a surgeon, first make sure he/she has the proper credentials, including state licensing, board certification and subspecialty training in refractive surgery.
Ask questions like “How many procedures have you done?” and “What is your complication rate?”. Also make sure he/she is comfortable and experienced with several types of eye surgery so all options are considered to provide the best outcome.
Still have questions about LASIK surgery? Schedule a consultation today and we’ll help you decipher fact from fiction.
About Dr. Randleman
J. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.
Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.
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