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Common Myths and Misconceptions about LASIK

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.

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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 your procedure.

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.