7 More Common Myths About LASIK
In a previous post, we addressed some of the most common myths regarding LASIK surgery. You know we’re big fans of giving it to you straight. Turns out, we only scratched the surface with our first post. So we’re back to clear up seven more.
Because after all, if you can’t believe us, who can you believe?
MYTH: You can only have LASIK once. If it doesn’t correct your vision the first time, there’s nothing else to be done.
95% of the time, LASIK achieves the desired outcome. This is partly because we do extensive testing before your surgery, making sure your expectations are appropriate.
Also, in a rare case where we don’t achieve the desired outcome, we can go back in to correct the remaining prescription. Of the patients that have refractive surgery, about 4% come back in the future for an enhancement. Enhancement procedures with us are free within the first year of the initial procedure.
MYTH: LASIK only corrects nearsightedness.9
LASIK actually corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Because LASIK reshapes the cornea of your eye, it’s possible to correct for a number of situations. To find out more about some of the basic requirements to be a LASIK candidate, check out this post.
MYTH: LASIK is the same everywhere, so your doctor doesn’t matter that much.
There’s actually a second, hidden myth within this one: that cheaper surgeries are just as good as more expensive ones. Neither of these is true.
The bottom line is that an experienced, licensed, and highly skilled doctor makes a huge difference. Remember: the laser can’t test you, make appropriate health decisions, or run itself. An experienced doctor must do those things.
Also, discount centers often have a focus on high-volumes of patients, rather than on quality of care. They may be less focused on patient screening, pre and post-op care, and a number of other factors you won’t understand until you sit down for a consultation.
The highly skilled doctors at Grene Laser – Dr. Wellmeyer and Dr. Askew - not only walk you through your consultation results, but help you to understand what to expect before and after the surgery, and expertly perform your surgery on your surgery day.
MYTH: Doctors use the same type of laser to treat all patients.
While there are a variety of lasers out there – each designed to perform specific procedures in specific situations – Grene Laser utilizes wavefront optimized technology. This type of laser treats higher order aberrations and is a great treatment for more than 90% of the population.
If, during your consultation, we find your eyes have a normal amount of higher order aberrations (distortion of light as it travels through the eye), then our laser is a great option and you will have an excellent result.
However, if your aberrations fall outside the “normal” range then our laser is not a good fit and we will either advise you that no treatment is recommended or recommend an evaluation with a colleague.
MYTH: Everyone is a candidate for LASIK.
Wanting LASIK and qualifying for LASIK are two different things. Not everyone is a candidate.
The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to schedule a consultation and speak with one of our trained professionals.
To find out more about some of the basic requirements for LASIK, check out this post.
MYTH: The positive effects of LASIK deteriorate over time.
While studies show that the results of LASIK surgery can extend well past 10 years after your surgery, your prescription can change with time as you age. As we age, our bodies change. And our eyes - corrected or natural – are no different.
Most people become dependent on reading glasses in their 40s. In our 60s and 70s, we develop cataracts that can change your prescription and alter your best-corrected vision.
If you have concerns that your eyesight is negatively changing years after your surgery, consult with your LASIK surgeon. You may be eligible for retreatment.
MYTH: You’ll still need reading glasses/ won’t need glasses ever again.
This is a funny one because we’ve heard both versions of it. One says, essentially, that LASIK is not enough. The other says that you’ll become some sort of super-human.
For those patients over the age of forty, reading glasses will be needed after surgery or in the near future. LASIK only reshapes your cornea, the lens on the outside of your eye. It has no effect on the ability of your natural lens to shift from clear distance vision to clear near vision, the real cause of your need for reading glasses.
For patients under forty, the natural lens still has the ability to focus up close and you should be glasses free.
That said, LASIK provides crisp distance vision for many years for all patients.