LASIK Myths

What have you heard about vision treatment procedures?

As with most surgical procedures, LASIK has its fair share of myths, which are even more prevalent since sharing information (or misinformation) has become such a common part of daily life.

Here at Bense Vision, we have performed thousands of successful LASIK procedures, so we know what is fact and what is fiction. Here are some common LASIK myths, and the facts to help dispel them.

Myth – LASIK surgery is quite painful.

Fact – Pain is kept under control during the procedure with eye drops that numb your eyes. Typically, patients feel pressure while the corneal flap is being created, but the laser reshaping is pain-free. Some surgeons provide a mild sedative prior to LASIK for patients experiencing anxiety.

Myth – LASIK surgery can make you go blind.

Fact – No one has ever gone blind because of a LASIK procedure. The surgery only affects the front surface of your eye, and complications are rare.

Myth – LASIK is a new procedure; so long-term side effects are unknown.

Fact – LASIK has been around for more than 20 years, and while the technique is constantly evolving, the sample size is more than large enough to say long-term complications are virtually non-existent.

Myth – If you are dissatisfied with your LASIK results, you’re out of luck.

Fact – It is true that over 95% of patients are happy with their LASIK results, but there are several treatment options for the few that aren’t completely satisfied.

Myth – LASIK is only effective if you are nearsighted.

Fact – LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These are the most common refractive errors people have. If you have a more serious refractive error, other surgical options are available.

Myth – Having successful LASIK surgery means you will never have to wear corrective lenses again.

Fact – LASIK will correct your current vision issues, but it can’t stop the natural aging process. Many LASIK patients end up having to wear reading glasses when they get older, or wear glasses for certain activities like night driving.

If you’ve heard or read any information about LASIK surgery that has you questioning whether you should go through with the procedure, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to tell you if it’s true or just another myth.