Remember back in elementary school when you were learning about the dangers of spreading rumors and you played the game ‘telephone?’ If so, than you remember that every time a phrase was whispered from one person’s ear to the next, it got slightly altered. Then by the end of the game, the last person shouted out something that was completely different from the original sentence. Unfortunately, the latest game of telephone seems to be about LASIK, because misinformation is getting spread from one person to the next. If you’re thinking about getting LASIK, here are some of the most common myths regarding the procedure.
Myth: There can be long-term side effects of LASIK that are still relatively unknown.
Fact: Since laser eye surgery began in the 1980s, more than 31 million people across the world have had LASIK surgery. In almost 40 years, no long-term problems or disorders have ever occurred.
Myth: The LASIK procedure can be painful and uncomfortable.
Fact: Laser eye surgery is incredibly quick and painless. Before the start of the procedure, numbing eye drops are placed in the patient’s eye. Within 10 minutes, you won’t be able to feel anything in your eye, and roughly 30 minutes after that, the procedure is finished! For many people, the thought of LASIK is much worse than the procedure itself. In fact, one of the most common things we hear after it is, “wow, I was worried all those years for nothing!”
Myth: The tools do all the work, so it doesn’t really matter who performs the procedure.
Fact: It is incredibly important that you do your homework and research your surgeon before the procedure. You should always find a surgeon who is certified to perform the procedure and has been working in the industry for years. You should also ask about their success rate and for patient testimonials.
Myth: LASIK won’t work for people with astigmatism.
Fact: In most cases, LASIK can correct astigmatism! Despite its somewhat scary sounding name, astigmatism is very common and easily treated. Astigmatism is simply an asymmetrical eye shape. Thanks to advances in technology and the procedure, surgeons can now reshape the cornea, so that it’s more rounded.
Myth: LASIK is expensive.
Fact: When compared to glasses and contacts (especially ones designed for people with astigmatism) LASIK actually tends to be less expensive over a lifetime. Here at Barry Wasserman, we believe every person should have access to lens-free vision — that’s why we offer LASIK financing! Patients can save on LASIK by taking advantage of payment plans, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Savings Accounts, third party vision plans, and labor unions.
If you’re considering getting LASIK surgery, contact Dr. Barry Wasserman! Dr. Wasserman is an accomplished LASIK surgeon, pediatric ophthalmologist, and educator. As a certified AMO/VISX Excimer Laser surgeon, he performs LASIK refractive surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He is also a board certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of New Jersey Eye Laser Centers at Princeton.