Like any good game of whisper down the lane, plenty of myths have cropped up over the years about this simple surgery. Today, we’re going to set the record straight on a few of the biggest myths out there today about Lasik. After all, no one likes rumors!
To make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s go over what Lasik eye surgery actually means. It’s a term people throw around a lot, but do you know what it is? If not, don’t worry; we’re here to help! Lasik is a (very) short refractive surgery. It works by essentially reshaping the cornea to allow light to travel to the retina more effectively. Not everyone gets the exact same snips—your surgeon will reshape your cornea based on the type of vision loss you are experiencing. For example, if you are nearsighted, the goal will be to flatten the cornea. For farsightedness, the cornea is steepened (made more steep and cone-like); and for those with astigmatism, the irregularities in the cornea will be smoothed out, which brings us to our first myth…
MYTH: All lasik surgeries are the same.
Truth: While the procedure is very similar for everyone, your surgeon will “custom-cut” your cornea to correct your specific vision problem. With that in mind, the basics of the surgery are the same—a flap is cut into your cornea and it is reshaped. So while this myth isn’t 100% wrong, it’s not exactly accurate either.
MYTH: Lasik only works for ______________ (insert nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other specific vision problems).
Truth: Lasik is a great option for people that suffer from any of these three vision issues: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. We know this is getting redundant, but again, the surgeon will cut and shape the cornea differently for each of these vision issues.
MYTH: Lasik surgery is painful!
Truth: We’re really happy to report this is definitely, absolutely false (pinkie promise)! Lasik is actually pain-free for most folks. To be fair, that’s mostly thanks to specially formulated numbing eye drops your surgeon will put into your eyes before beginning the procedure. You may feel a bit of pressure during the surgery, but it’s not something people report as painful. And if you’re wondering what happens once the numbing drops wear off (fair point), you can rest easy. Really (really) few people complain of any pain the next day, or even in the days following. If anything, you may have some discomfort.
MYTH: You can only have one eye done at a time.
Truth: You are often encouraged to have both eyes done at the same time. No need for multiple appointments, you can have it all taken care of in a single visit. Oh, and did we mention that on average it only takes fifteen minutes to do BOTH eyes?
MYTH: Anyone can benefit from Lasik.
Truth: It’d be great if anyone with a vision loss could simply get a quick Lasik surgery and restore their vision, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Not every person with vision loss is a candidate for this procedure. To find out if you are, talk to your doctor.
MYTH: If you get Lasik you never have to think about prescription lenses again.
Truth: While Lasik is a great option for many people, it is definitely not a cure for vision loss. This differs for every person, but generally speaking, even after Lasik, eyesight can continue to worsen, especially once you hit 40 years old (when vision loss due to age often begins setting in). While Lasik can certainly help tons of folks, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can kiss prescription lenses goodbye forever. The good news is you can always visit our best-sellers and return to your favorite lens!