Posted: February 22, 2018
LASIK is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the United States. Millions of people in the Sacramento area and across the country have undergone LASIK to find a long-term solution for their vision problems.
But this popularity has not completely eliminated many of the common LASIK fears that our patients have. It's completely understandable that you might have some concerns about LASIK – after all, this is your vision we're talking about.
However, the most common fears about LASIK are baseless. And we want to address some of these concerns so that you can research the procedure with confidence.
What To Know About LASIK
Of course, the best way to get your LASIK questions answered is to visit one of our offices for a no pressure consultation and examination. We'll listen to you and your concerns and help you decide if LASIK is right for you.
Still, it can be helpful to have some of your fears addressed as soon as possible. Here are a few common fears about LASIK, followed by the reality:
- LASIK is Dangerous: Not true. When performed by properly trained, experienced surgeons, LASIK is exceptionally safe. Millions of people around the world successfully undergo LASIK every year. The statistics are clear: When the safest equipment is coupled with proper surgical experience, LASIK has an extraordinary safety record, and you can undergo the procedure with confidence.
- LASIK Is Painful: Again, false. While you will be conscious during your LASIK procedure, you won't feel any pain. Your eyes will be numbed with drops, and without exception our patients report that they experience nothing but some mild pressure.
- Recovery takes a long time: In fact, recovery after LASIK is not time-intensive at all. You'll see improved vision the same day, and you'll be able to return to work and your full range of normal activities just a few days after your procedure. Our doctors will provide you with more detailed recovery instructions before your procedure.
- LASIK Results Will Fade: Many patients express this fear, but it's unfounded. In fact, after undergoing LASIK, your improved vision will likely be permanent. You can prepare for a life without glasses or contacts but, like everyone else, you'll need to be vigilant about age-related vision problems like cataracts.
Put simply, LASIK is a safe procedure, the results last and you don't have to worry about pain or discomfort. These fears are common and understandable, but they have no basis in reality. You can have confidence in our doctors and our advanced equipment.
If you live in or around the Sacramento area and have questions about LASIK, please call Griffin & Reed Eye Care at 916-485-2020.