Laser Eye Surgery Myths – The internet has been lying to you

You’ve probably heard a lot, both good and bad, about laser eye surgery. And it’s no wonder, given that this popular vision correction procedure has been around for over 30 years. With such a long history, there are bound to be some myths about laser eye surgery. Today, we’re busting the five most common myths about this life-changing procedure.

Myth #1: Laser eye surgery is too risky

One of the most common myths about laser eye surgery is that it is risky.
Fact: Laser eye surgery is one of the safest and most effective vision correction procedures. Over 20 million people worldwide have had successful laser eye surgeries. And with technological advances, it is only becoming safer and more effective.

Myth #2: Only older people get laser eye surgery

Another common myth about laser eye surgery is that it is only for older people. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Fact: People of all ages can benefit from laser eye surgery. Whether you’re in your 20s and tired of dealing with glasses or contact lenses or in your 40s and looking to improve your vision for driving, laser eye surgery can help.

Myth #3: You have to wait until your vision is better to get laser eye surgery

This myth probably exists because, in the past, patients had to have very bad vision before they were candidates for laser eye surgery.
Fact: Thanks to technological advances, this is no longer the case! Now, even if you have only mildly blurry vision, you may still be a candidate for this life-changing procedure.

Myth #4 Laser eye surgery is painful

Fact: Any discomfort experienced during laser eye surgery is minimal and lasts only a few seconds while the laser is applied. Topical anaesthesia is used to numb the eyes before the procedure begins, so you shouldn’t feel any pain. Additionally, most patients experience little to no discomfort during or after the surgery.

Myth #5: You’ll need to take time off from work after laser eye surgery

Some people believe they’ll need to take a week or more off from work after laser eye surgery.
Fact: Most people only need 1-2 days off before they can resume their normal activities. And because the recovery time for laser eye surgery is shorter than other vision correction procedures, you’ll be back to work in no time.

As you can see, there are many myths surrounding laser eye surgery – but fortunately, they are just myths! Suppose you’ve been considering this life-changing procedure but have been hesitant due to these myths (or others). In that case, we hope this article has set your mind at ease and helped you make an informed decision about whether or not laser eye surgery is right for you. Book a free virtual appointment to learn more about laser eye surgery.

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