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10 Myths About Laser Eye Surgery
Despite the advancements that eyewear has made over the years with the materials, qualities, fashions, colors, and not to mention the technology built in to the lenses, wearing glasses throughout the day can be a hassle.
They can obstruct your view, give you headaches, fall off your face and or head, etc. If you experience this constant annoyance daily with your eyeglasses, maybe it is time to consider laser eye surgery.
Now, understandably, the procedure’s name itself can cause some anxiety and uncertainty, but we are here to debunk the dangerous myths surrounding laser eye surgery.
On the contrary, if you are in good health, laser eye surgery is one of the safest procedures there is. There are many consultations before hand to individualize the procedure, making the risk of complication less than 0.5%.
The cost of laser eye surgery is variable depending on the surgeon and your insurance. The best way to get
the lowest price is to do some price comparison research and to read patient reviews online.
This is a myth; laser eye surgery is absolutely permanent and there is no reverse procedure. As your eyes age, however, they may create new and different problems that the surgery did not fix, therefore eyeglasses may be necessary to correct this different problem later in life.
No surgery after age 35:
This is also a huge myth; laser eye surgery can be carried out on anybody under the age of 65 as long as they are in good standing health and have no other eye complications, such as cataracts.
This isn’t the dark ages…no surgeon would want to be in pain during this procedure. A local anesthetic is used in the form of eye-drops to ensure that you have a comfortable, pain-free experience.
Don’t Cough or Sneeze:
It is rumored that involuntary actions such as coughing or sneezing could cause damage to your eyes…FALSE! The technology used in this procedure is so advanced that it corrects and is not fazed by involuntary actions.
Many assume that there will be a scary burning smell rooting from the laser burning your eye. However, the laser neither warms up nor gets hot at all during the surgery; in fact, the laser is always cold during the procedure!
Risk of Blindness:
Laser surgery works to improve your vision, not make you blind. Your reading vision, astigmatism, long-sightedness and more will all be improved after the surgery.
Long Recovery Time:
Some worry that the recovery time for this procedure is long, requiring them to take extended periods of time off of work. However, it generally only takes two days for a person to recover enough to return to work.
You’re on Your Own: Some are worried that there will be no assistance or guidance from the surgeon after the surgery. This is, again, a silly myth. Patients are given extensive aftercare support and are set you on the correct path to enjoying the rest of your life with your improved vision.
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