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5 Laser Eye Surgery Myths Debunked

There are a number of old tales out there regarding laser eye procedures. Here are some of the top myths floating around out there that just aren’t true:

1. Myth: Laser eye surgery is painful

Before a laser eye procedure starts, anaesthetic drops are put into the patient’s eyes meaning that they do not feel any pain during the surgery. The vast majority of patients describe the feeling of the actual procedure as a mild feeling of pressure.

Lasik Recovery: The patients have reported that they feel a dry sensation during the recovery period, that's it. These symptoms usually wear off after 24-48 hours, allowing the patient to get back to their day to day work.

2. Myth: Laser eye surgery does not last forever

We find that this is one of the most common beliefs surrounding laser eye surgery and it couldn’t be further from the truth. Highly regarded research has shown that once the shape of your cornea is changed to correct your vision, the change is permanent. Studies have shown very small change occurs in the eye, particularly the older you are and the change is so slow that a patient is unlikely to require further laser eye surgery.

3. Myth: You can’t have laser eye surgery over a certain age

Age is not an issue when it comes to laser eye surgery. A laser eye procedure can be carried out on any age as long as the eye is healthy and as long as the patient is deemed suitable for it.

4. Myth: Laser eye surgery can only correct nearsightedness

This used to be the case in the past but laser eye surgery can now correct farsightedness and astigmatism with the recent developments in technology.

5. Myth: You can go blind from laser eye surgery

Leading ophthalmologists consider the chance of a patient being blinded by a modern laser treatment to be impossible. The procedure is absolutely safe and simple.If there was a significant risk in a laser eye procedure the Ophthalmologist would not perform the procedure.

This post originally appeared on Cathedral Eye.

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