At AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, we are committed to protecting and preserving your eyesight. Apart from eyeglasses and contact lenses, we also offer laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) as an effective and lasting vision correction option. Although it offers many visual health benefits, many are hesitant to try this method because of misconceptions surrounding it. For your understanding, let your expert eye care specialist debunk four common LASIK myths.
1. Having LASIK is Painful
On the contrary, laser eye surgery is painless. Even so, your reliable eye doctor may apply anesthetic eye drops to desensitize your ocular nerves, ensuring your comfort. During the procedure, you may feel mild vibrations and slight pressure at the most. As the anesthesia wears off, you may feel a tingling sensation which should go away on its own after a few hours.
2. LASIK Is a Catch-All Solution to Vision Problems
LASIK is a treatment of choice for most refractive errors because of the many benefits it offers. It can help improve the visual acuity of those with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. That said, some vision problems may be better managed by using prescription eyewear or performing other corrective surgeries.
3. Everyone Can Undergo LASIK
LASIK, in fact, requires that you meet certain criteria before you can undergo it, which is why it’s necessary for us to perform a comprehensive eye exam first. A good LASIK candidate should have a complete understanding of the potential effects of having this procedure. You must also have a stable visual health which is why we often recommend this method for individuals 18 years of age and above. We may check as well if you have an intact immune system and general health for your fast recovery.
4. LASIK Eliminates Your Need to Use Prescription Eyewear
Studies show that LASIK may reduce your dependence on wearing eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other corrective optical devices. That said, it doesn’t guarantee you won’t need to use them later on. You may develop eye problems over time that are effectively treated by using prescription eyewear.
If you have any further clarifications about LASIK, call us at (757) 340-7070 or complete our appointment request form.