Myths and misconceptions about LASIK surgery

LASIK surgery has been around since the 1990s, yet there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding this procedure. Thankfully, advances in technology have allowed doctors to perform increasingly accurate and successful LASIK surgeries. Let’s get to the bottom of some of these common myths so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not LASIK is right for you.

Myth #1: “LASIK surgery isn’t safe”

Fact: The truth is that LASIK surgery is very safe and has a low risk of serious complications. In fact, studies show that over 95% of people who undergo LASIK experience an improvement in their vision post-surgery1 Additionally, the technology used for LASIK has improved significantly over the years, making it even safer than before. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved but your healthcare provider will make sure to discuss any potential complications prior to undergoing the procedure.

Myth #2: “LASIK surgery is too expensive”

Fact: While it’s true that LASIK surgery can be expensive up front, many people forget to consider the long-term costs associated with wearing glasses or contacts over time. Glasses and contact lenses require regular replacements that can add up quickly; over time, you may end up spending more money on them than you would if you had undergone LASIK surgery instead. There are many financing options available that make it possible for almost anyone to get the care they need without breaking the bank. Additionally, some insurance plans may cover part or all of the cost of your procedure if it is deemed medically necessary by your provider. For more information about LASIK pricing and financing click here.

Myth #3: “LASIK surgery is painful”

Fact: Although there may be some discomfort during the procedure itself (such as a feeling of pressure), most people report no pain during or after their LASIK treatment. Additionally, numbing drops are typically used prior to starting the procedure which helps keep any discomfort to a minimum. Many people find that they are able to return to their normal activities within 24 hours after having completed their treatment!

LASIK has come a long way since its inception two decades ago and is now one of the most popular procedures performed worldwide. While there are still some myths surrounding it—including safety concerns, cost concerns, and pain concerns—there is no need to worry as long as you do your research and talk with an experienced healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you have prior to undergoing treatment.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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M.D., F.A.C.S.


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