LASIK surgery is a life-changing procedure. Additionally, millions of people receive laser treatment each year and it is very popular. Unfortunately, as popularity increases, misinformation also increases. At the Nelson Eye Center, we strive to spread the real LASIK message and debunk the myth. Here are 3 Lasik myths you may have heard and why they aren’t true.
Myth #1: The lasers used in LASIK can burn your eyes!
Not right! Many believe this is because during LASIK the excimer laser can change the shape of the cornea which can cause a strange smell. Excimer lasers consist of a highly focused beam rather than heat.
The weird smell is the result of collagen molecules releasing carbon into the air as the excimer laser breaks them down.
Myth #2: You will be blind.
In fact, at the time of writing, there have been no reported cases of blindness due to LASIK surgery itself. A recent study found that the risk of blindness from contact lens infection was actually 34 times higher than with LASIK.
However, if proper aftercare protocols are not followed, the resulting complications (especially infections) can lead to blindness. It’s very rare, but it does happen. LASIK surgery itself does not cause blindness, and most cases of LASIK complications can be avoided by following aftercare procedures established by the surgeon.
If you have any concerns or worries about anything unusual after LASIK surgery, see your eye doctor immediately. It is better to be careful than to regret if the result is nothing!
Myth #3: LASIK does not last long.
LASIK is a permanent treatment. Your eye doctor sees you every year to check your eye health. In addition, all patients, whether they start LASIK or not, suffer from presbyopia and the formation of cataracts. This is certainly the driving force behind the spread of this myth. Cataracts and presbyopia can cause significant vision changes, and some people believe LASIK should prevent these changes.
Cataracts and presbyopia affect the lens inside the eye, not the cornea. Since LASIK only changes the shape of the cornea, the surgery does not affect the lenses or fix any vision problems associated with the lenses.
Contact Nelson Eye Center today to schedule a LASIK consultation in your area! Our Lasik Los Angeles specialists guide you on what to expect before, during, and after LASIK surgery. Please contact us after making a reservation by phone or online.