Five Myths About LASIK

 
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Myths are like gossip: in a complex, ever-changing world, they’re inevitable. Some myths lead us astray, while others merely hold us back. When it comes to medical procedures, it can be particularly difficult to separate what’s true and false.

In this post, we’d like to address some of the most common myths we hear about laser vision correction.

MYTH #1: EVERYONE IS A CANDIDATE

This is false. The single most important thing to remember about LASIK is that you have to be a good candidate. For example, diabetics can’t receive LASIK because glucose fluctuations make it impossible to obtain consistent measurements. Other people have corneas that are too thin, and you need to have enough tissue for the procedure. However, we can work with other conditions, such as dry eyes, once we’ve controlled the symptoms.

Sometimes, other procedures, like PRK, offer a better choice. The only way to know for sure is to consult a qualified ophthalmologist. You can read this blog post to learn about more criteria we consider for LASIK patients.

MYTH #2: I’VE ALREADY HAD LASIK, SO I CAN’T HAVE IT AGAIN

This is untrue. According to Dr. Odrich, “I’ve had patients come back to me after 12 or 15 years because their vision changed. Like eyeglasses prescriptions, we can go back and adjust."

MYTH #3: MY PUPILS ARE TOO BIG

An interesting issue arises when people say, "I've been told by several doctors that my pupils are too large."

Yes, the size of your pupils (the dark spot in the iris) is important, but it’s hardly the only consideration.

It’s important to point out that pupils change over time. They tend to get smaller, so if your doctor saw you several years ago and made the right call, don't assume it's that way for the rest of your life.

Speaking of time…

MYTH #4: I’M TOO OLD

Although the ideal candidates are between the ages of 21-39, there also are special circumstances we have to consider.

If you meet the qualifications of a good LASIK candidate, such as overall health and eye health requirements, you may be a candidate even if you’re outside the ideal age range. The only way we can know for sure is if we examine you first.

MYTH #5: I’LL BE TOTALLY HEALED IN A FEW DAYS

Because there’s little or no discomfort with LASIK, people think there’s nothing to heal. They assume that in five days, they'll be just like everybody else who doesn’t wear glasses. 

The truth is that LASIK has a healing period. Nerves have to come back and the “flap” created during the procedure needs to seal. This all takes time.

You’ll notice a change in your vision quickly with LASIK, but you're still healing. We offer post-operative instructions to all of our patients, such as don’t wear makeup for a week, wear goggles when swimming for 8 weeks (six months in the ocean), and avoid contact sports for one week.

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Sarah Scott