LASIK surgery has become commonplace in modern healthcare, but many people still have
misconceptions about what it really is. LASIK is neither the perfect solution
to all vision problems that some people think it is, nor the risky procedure
some people claim it to be. Before you make your mind up about laser eye
surgeries like LASIK, get the facts behind these common myths.
Myth: LASIK Is Too New to Know if It Is Really Safe
Some people mistakenly believe that surgeons haven’t been performing
LASIK eye surgery long enough to really know about its long-term effects. In reality, surgeons
have been performing LASIK surgeries in large numbers since 1992, and
it was first developed at the start of the 1980s. Many patients who had
LASIK two decades ago are still pleased with the results of their procedures
and not reporting any long-term side effects.
Myth: Any Doctor Can Perform LASIK
It’s true that the laser used to perform LASIK surgery auto-completes
part of the procedure, but thinking that any doctor can perform the surgery
for that reason is like thinking anyone can fly a plane with autopilot.
Your surgeon’s skill plays a major role in your LASIK outcome. You
should ask about your eye surgeon’s success rates before scheduling
Myth: Anyone Can Get LASIK
LASIK has been proven to be a safe procedure, but it isn’t right
for everyone. It is best used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness,
and astigmatism. You need to be in good overall health and if you’ve
had any previous eye surgeries, you may not be a good candidate. You also
may not be able to get LASIK if you don’t produce enough tears.
The procedure could further dry out your eyes, and impaired tear production
could prevent your eyes from healing.
These are just a few of the misconceptions people have about LASIK. To
get all of your questions about this procedure answered, schedule an appointment with
Dr. Mark Hornfeld of New York’s Vista Laser Vision. Dr. Hornfeld is a board-certified
physician who performs LASIK and many other eye procedures. Make an appointment
today by calling (212) 580-8881.