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Laser Eye Surgery Myths



All of the common eye issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are being treated with laser eye surgery these days.  Laser vision correction helps the lens and cornea to correctly focus light on the back of the eye and fix whichever problem is there.

As you can imagine, a treatment that features lasers and your eyes is subject to a lot of misinformation and myths.  Here are some of the most common ones to help you get the truth.

 Eye Injections

Some people are under the impression that in order to have laser vision correction, you must endure anesthetizing injections directly into your eyeballs.  This is said to numb the area so the surgery can be performed.  In reality, the surgeon uses drops to accomplish this task, and the discomfort is minimal

 Burning Eyes

Another myth that surrounds laser eye surgery is that the lasers burn the surface of the eyes during treatment.  When you sit back and think of that scenario it seems plausible, but cold lasers are used during these procedures so it isn’t actually plausible at all.

 Unproven Treatment

Many people claim that laser vision correction is an unproven treatment and that you’re taking your chances if you sign up, but that is also a myth.  Laser vision correction procedures are more than 15 years old and millions of people around the world have had them performed without incident.  Compared to the number of procedures that are performed, there are very few incidents and the success rate is very high.

 A Laser Is a Laser

All lasers used in laser vision correction are not exactly the same.  Some lasers are stronger than others and some are more effective than others.  That is why some treatments are more costly than others, and why some treatments are more effective than others.  Don’t just assume every laser eye center has exactly the same lasers because it isn’t true.

 The Results Are Permanent

Even though your treated eyes will rarely go back to how they were prior to the laser eye correction, they can still change.  Most of the time, the surgeon will look for a stable prescription goal prior to the surgery to try and ensure it will stay that way for years to come.  If there is a slight change along the way, enhancements are available.