10 LASIK Myths

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Myth #1: LASIK is uncomfortable.

LASIK is so safe, so comfortable, and so effective that it has become the most successful elective procedure in the history of medicine. Today’s LASIK procedure usually takes less than one minute per eye to perform and is surprisingly comfortable. [Read More. . .]


Myth #2: LASIK is too expensive.

It is truly amazing to see how affordable LASIK has become over the past 20 years. Today you can get significantly improved LASIK technology, safety, and comfort at a lower price than was possible even a few years ago. [Read More. . .]


Myth #3: LASIK doesn’t correct astigmatism, farsightedness, or high prescriptions.

Back in the mid to late 1990s, this was not a myth-it was actually true. Despite the tremendous technological advances made in LASIK since that time, this misconception still manages to persist even though we have successfully treated astigmatism, farsightedness, and high prescriptions for 10 – 15 years. [Read More. . .]


Myth #4: LASIK can’t help with near (computer or reading) vision.

LASIK has always been extremely helpful to people who have worn glasses or contacts for distance vision who want to see better up close for “near vision” activities as well as “intermediate distance” activities. [Read More. . .]


Myth #5: There is a lot of recovery time after LASIK.

This is one myth that is not true for LASIK, but was in fact true for a similar procedure called PRK. The recovery time with LASIK is actually quite fast, and both the healing process and visual improvement begin immediately after the procedure. [Read More. . .]


Myth #6: LASIK only lasts a few years.

LASIK is a permanent procedure. This is true primarily because of the way the procedure is performed, but is also true because of the unique healing properties of the tissue that is treated during LASIK (the cornea). [Read More. . .]


Myth #7: LASIK is not safe enough yet.

Many people know that LASIK is the most successful elective procedure in the history of medicine because it is so safe, so effective, and in less than one minute per eye you could be rid of a lifetime of glasses or contact lens wear. [Read More. . .]


Myth #8: I should wait for better LASIK technology.

LASIK and related laser vision correction procedures have been safely providing better vision to glasses and contact lens wearers for over 25 years. [Read More. . .]


Myth #9: I was told that LASIK would not work for me before, so this must still be true.

LASIK has been successfully performed in the United States since FDA approval in 1995 and has a track record of success for nearly 20 years. It is also important to know that candidacy for LASIK has evolved and expanded continuously over these years. [Read More. . .]


Myth #10: I am not a candidate because. . .I’m just not ready yet.

Although not exactly a myth, most patients would be surprised to know that the average LASIK patient starts thinking about LASIK about five years before having their actual procedure performed. [Read More. . .]