If you are sick of putting in contacts every morning or always wearing glasses that fog up or get bumped on things, then you may be thinking of LASIK surgery. However, a lot of patients approach this surgery with apprehension until they either go through it or have a friend who does so. After all, having a laser aimed at your eyes does sound scary! Thankfully, most of the concerns about LASIK are unfounded. Here's a look at three common concerns that you really should not let worry you.
Will LASIK Hurt?
It seems like a laser slicing your eye would hurt, but thanks to modern medical science, that is not the case! Before your surgeon does any work on your eyes, he or she will apply anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. When the lasers work on your eyes, you won't feel anything other than pressure. Some patients describe this pressure as feeling like someone is applying a suction cup to their eyes. It may feel weird, but not uncomfortable.
After LASIK surgery, your eyes may itch a bit for a day or two, but still, you should not have any actual pain.
Will LASIK Make You Go Blind?
Today's LASIK surgery procedures are so much safer than those used when laser surgery was first developed. The computer determines where the laser cuts, and there are far fewer errors made with computer-programmed laser cuts than with human-driven methods. While there has been the occasional patient who has suffered bad side effects from LASIK, this is very, very rare. LASIK is incredibly safe. You're far more likely to be injured in a car crash than suffer serious side effects from LASIK -- and that does not stop you from driving!
Will LASIK Cause You to Need Reading Glasses?
There are rumors that, in having LASIK, you essentially trade one pair of glasses for another. Patients think that even if they give up their current glasses for nearsightedness, they will need reading glasses after surgery. However, most patients who have LASIK do not need reading glasses until much later in life -- such as in their 50s and 60s. There's a good chance that you would need reading glasses at this age, anyways. The surgery is worth going without glasses in the meantime, and besides, you don't have to wear reading glasses all day -- only when you need them to read.
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10 February 2018
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