Demystifying Laser Eye Surgery: Debunking 5 Common Myths for Crystal Clear Vision
Are you struggling with spectacles and contact lenses?
Have you been considering corrective laser eye surgery but are hesitant because of some myths and misconceptions you may have picked up along the way?
We’re here to set the record straight!
In this blog post, we’ll be debunking some of the most common myths and misconceptions about laser eye surgery to perhaps enable you to make an informed decision about your visual future.
Myth #1: Laser Eye Surgery is Dangerous
Many people are hesitant to undergo laser eye surgery because they have been told that it is a risky procedure. But did you know that laser eye surgery can actually be safer than wearing contact lenses?¹
Wearing contact lenses comes with:
- An 80-fold increased risk of developing microbial keratitis.²
- Increased risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis,³ a sight threatening infection.
- Increased risk of conjunctivitis and corneal abrasion.⁴
On the other hand, laser eye surgery has a negligible risk of serious complications. In fact, almost all of our laser eye surgery patients say they should have done it many years ago and experience the joy of freedom from dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Myth #2: Laser Eye Surgery is Painful
This myth is as outdated as VHS tapes! Let’s be honest, no one likes pain. But guess what? Laser eye surgery is virtually painless!
The procedure takes but a few minutes and you may only experience minimal discomfort for a couple of days after the procedure. It’s no price to pay for the gift of clear vision 24/7.
Myth #3: Laser Eye Surgery is Expensive
Some people are made to believe that laser eye surgery is a luxury procedure that only the wealthy can afford. But that’s not true. Over the years, the cost of laser eye surgery has decreased significantly, making it an affordable option for many people.
Plus, when you consider the long-term savings on glasses and contact lenses, laser eye surgery can actually be a cost-effective long term alternative.
Myth #4: Laser Eye Surgery is Only for Young People
Do you think you’re too old for laser eye surgery? Think again!
Anyone who has a stable prescription and is in good health can benefit from laser eye surgery, regardless of their age. In fact, many older adults have undergone the procedure and have experienced significant improvements in their vision. So, don’t let your age hold you back from enjoying the benefits of laser eye surgery.
Myth #5: Laser Eye Surgery Results Fade
Some people believe that the results of laser eye surgery are only temporary and will fade away after a few months. But the results of laser eye surgery are permanent, and patients can enjoy clear vision for many years.
The main reason for this myth is something called presbyopia — a natural part of aging that affects the best of us as we develop the need for reading glasses.
Any Other Questions? Contact Us Now!
Don’t let the myths and misconceptions hold you back from enjoying the benefits of this life-changing procedure. If you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out and our clinical team will be happy to answer them.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards clearer vision.
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