Many people are plagued with vision impairment. Some of us manage this with glasses or contact lenses; however, for some, these temporary solutions prove endlessly costly and a hassle to maintain. Laser surgery for the eye is thus an ever-increasingly popular solution for those who want to see clearly – without having to regularly increase their glasses prescription or fork out for expensive contact lenses. However, there are a number of myths which can mystify us when it comes to laser eye correction. Let’s unravel some of these rumours and achieve an unobscured perspective of what laser eye surgery involves – and a potentially unobscured vision as a result!
Myth 1: Laser eye surgery is a long and painful procedure, with a lengthy recovery time.
This myth is far from true. Despite the major effect laser eye correction can have on your sight and life, it is a surprisingly simple and pain-free surgery. Generally, each eye takes approximately three minutes to treat. That’s right – you don’t have to spend a night in hospital (good news for those who aren’t fans of hospital food). The procedure is also pain free, as each eye is completely numbed with eye drops. However, if you are particularly squeamish about pain, your surgeon may be able to offer you a mild sedative. Furthermore, the recovery time is very short. Most patients return to work the very next day, and can also legally drive.
Myth 2: Laser eye correction means you will never need glasses again.
Whilst laser surgery for the eye can drastically improve your vision – and can treat astigmatism as well as long or short sightedness – it does not stop your eyes’ natural aging process. You might still need reading glasses or other types of eye care when you grow older.
Myth 3: Anyone and everyone can get laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery is not a good idea for everyone. Those with certain eye diseases or viruses, irregular or thin corneas, or other health problems might not be suitable candidates for laser eye correction. The pre-operative consultation and exam will allow your eye doctor to determine whether or not you are able to undergo laser eye surgery.
Myth 4: Laser eye correction could cause blindness.
The estimated approximate chance of any serious complications occurring is one of five million. The laser itself is very light, and cannot blind the eye. Laser eye surgeries have been conducted for 25 years, with no long-term side effects having been reported. It is one of the most common and safest surgeries performed.
Myth 5: The price doesn’t matter.
You should approach any ‘too good to be true’ deals with immense caution; most of the time, they are. You are dealing with your eyes and your eyesight – something that deserves only the best care and attention. It is better to go with a trusted, experienced and renowned surgeon – even if this means paying more.
Hopefully you’ve now got a clearer vision of what laser eye surgery actually involves. However, if you have any more queries or myths that need busting, speak to one of the experienced team members at Perfect Vision, or head online to make an enquiry or book an appointment.