Debunking LASIK Myths

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Chicago, Lombard & Naperville areas of Illinois

Posted: May 30, 2019

The LASIK procedure for correcting vision has been around for decades. Despite years of documented successes of LASIK treatment, many myths persist. These myths may mislead potential candidates into avoiding the procedure, having unrealistic expectations, or seeking treatment from an unqualified or uncaring surgeon.

Accurate information is a patient’s best friend when looking into any treatment or surgery. Understanding the truth about LASIK will help you decide if you’re ready to lose your dependence on glasses and contacts.

Dr. Richard Foulkes understands that patients will have questions and concerns, so we offer patients a free LASIK consultation where he can assess your candidacy for the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

Common LASIK Myths

Myth #1: LASIK may cause blindness.

The origin of this myth may be that some patients experience a healing period of several days to months in which they may experience blurry vision, halos, or other temporary vision interference.

However, according to the American Refractive Surgery Council, “there has never been a case where LASIK was the primary cause of blindness.”

Ultimately, the success rate of LASIK is quite high. The American Refractive Surgery Council has found a 96% satisfaction rate among patients who have undergone the procedure.

Myth #2: LASIK eye surgery is painful.

Most LASIK patients report that the procedure is painless. The eyes are numbed with anesthetic drops for the procedure to prevent discomfort during surgery. Some patients experience minor irritation or eye sensitivity for a few hours after the procedure.

Myth #3: You’ll get the same outcome from LASIK no matter who performs the procedure.

While this myth doesn’t discourage patients from seeking LASIK treatment, it can lead them down a dark road. Without an experienced, meticulous surgeon performing the procedure, LASIK treatment may not get you the results you want.

Rather than choosing a surgeon based on location or cost, seek an eye care professional with ample experience and a history of successful LASIK procedures like Dr. Foulkes. Dr. Foulkes has 20 years of experience and many satisfied LASIK patients.

Myth #4: LASIK will eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses for the rest of your life.

woman with eyes open looking upIt is normal for vision to fluctuate over time and with age, and this fluctuation will continue throughout your life whether you have LASIK or not. After the LASIK procedure, you will want to have regular eye exams so Dr. Foulkes can monitor any changes to the health of your eyes or your vision. Some LASIK patients may need glasses for reading or night driving, but in most cases, patients experience a significant reduction in their dependence on corrective lenses for their daily activities.

Myth #5: Anyone can get LASIK

While LASIK can treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism, not everyone with these conditions is a candidate.

The following are some of the conditions needed for you to be a suitable candidate for LASIK:

  • Good general health
  • Appropriate thickness of cornea
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Stable prescription for glasses or contacts
  • No dry eye syndrome or controlled dry eye syndrome

If you are not a candidate for LASIK, there may be alternative vision correction options that can work for you, such as Verisyse or PRK.

To see if LASIK is right for you, contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Foulkes at 630-724-1400. We have office locations in Lombard and Chicago.

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