Myths and Facts About Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery has been around for about 20 years, but many people still have misconceptions about the procedure. Separating the facts from fiction about laser eye surgery can help you determine if it’s the right option for you.

You want an experienced eye doctor you can trust when you’re considering laser eye surgery. Call the doctors at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology today to learn more about this option to live a life without glasses or contacts.

Myth: Laser eye surgery is painful.

Fact: Laser eye surgery is relatively painless. Our doctors put numbing drops in your eyes before the procedure. Most patients say that the main discomfort after eye surgery is a gritty feeling, like having sand in your eyes. This feeling generally goes away within a couple of hours.

Myth: Everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery.

Fact: While laser eye surgery can help with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, not everyone is an equally good candidate for the surgery. If you have thin corneas, an eye disease, or an eye virus, our doctors identify that and let you know. Other conditions that may make you unsuited for laser eye surgery include uncontrolled diabetes and certain autoimmune diseases.

Myth: If you have laser eye surgery, you’ll never need to wear glasses or contacts again.

Fact: While laser eye surgery can correct your vision now, it can’t prevent it from getting worse. Many people need to wear reading glasses after age 40, which can still happen to you even after getting laser eye surgery.

Myth: Laser eye surgery can burn your eyes.

Fact: It’s not possible for laser eye surgery to burn your eyes. All types of laser eye surgery, including LASIK, use cold lasers.

Myth: Laser eye surgery has a long recovery.

Fact: Even though laser eye surgery is considered a surgery, it doesn’t have the same lengthy recovery period as other types of surgery. You should see better shortly after the surgery, though it may take up to a couple of weeks for your vision to stabilize.

Myth: Really cheap laser eye surgery is just the same as more expensive options, so there’s no reason to pay more.

Fact: Your sight is too valuable to trust to just anyone. Lower-cost laser eye surgery facilities may cut corners, including pre-surgical screening and post-surgical follow-up. In addition, the ophthalmologists may be less experienced and may not be able to produce good results. It’s just not worth it to save a few dollars.

Myth: All laser eye surgery is the same, so it doesn’t matter which doctor performs it.

Fact: Even though laser eye surgery is generally safe, that doesn’t mean that all eye doctors are equally skilled at performing the procedure. You want an experienced doctor like the ones at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology to perform laser surgery on your eyes. The skill of the ophthalmologist makes a significant difference in the success of your surgery, including the precision of the vision correction. 

The doctors at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology are experts in laser eye surgery, so you know that you can trust them to provide excellent results. When you’re ready to take the next step regarding laser eye surgery, call our office or make an appointment online.

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