The 4 Most Common Fears About LASIK
Most people want perfect eyesight and to be free of the hassle of contacts or glasses, but there is still a lot of fear and misinformation surrounding LASIK eye surgery.
It is extremely common to feel hesitant to move forward with LASIK vision correction due to fears surrounding the procedure. Here we will address the 4 most common fears surrounding LASIK, hopefully to help ease your mind and offer some insight into the procedure.
It can be difficult to know exactly how much LASIK surgery will cost because technological and surgical experience all factor into the price. The average price you will find is from $1500 to $3000 per eye, depending on the type of procedure.
There are ways to make LASIK vision correction fit your budget. Many LASIK practices offer financing or flex-spending options.
Staying awake during surgery
Staying awake during surgery is one of the most common fears associated with LASIK eye surgery. However, patients receive numbing eye drops and a mild sedative to help them relax during the procedure. There is no need to worry about blinking because a special instrument holds your eye open while a computer tracks your eye movements more than 4,000 times per second. Both eyes can be done is less than 15 minutes with minimal discomfort.
Complications and side effects
Certain risks and complications are possible with any surgery and LASIK is no exception, but with a good LASIK surgeon and state-of-the-art equipment, these risks can be minimized. The majority of complications can be easily treated and the risk of vision loss is extremely low.
LASIK is a safe procedure that leaves most patients very satisfied with their results. You can discuss any safety concerns or possible results of the procedure with your eye care provider.
Fear of lengthy recovery
The numbing drops used during the surgery usually begin to wear off about 20 minutes after the procedure is done and when this happens, you may feel a mild burning or itching. For the first 8-12 hours following surgery, your eyes may water and appear bloodshot.
It is normal to have discomfort like mild irritation and light sensitivity during the first few days following LASIK eye surgery. Halos, dry eyes, and hazy vision can all occur during the first few weeks or months after LASIK surgery. In most cases, these are temporary problems and go away completely within three to six months.
Most people who have had LASIK surgery done are happy with their recovery time and the majority report that their eyes felt pretty normal the day following surgery. Many patients experience improvement in their vision immediately following LASIK, although this is more common in patients with higher prescriptions.
Confidence in LASIK surgery continues to grow due to the high success rate and positive outcomes. Most patients see 20/20 or better after the procedure without glasses or contacts and the risk of complications is very low.LASIK surgery has helped millions of patients improve their vision without corrective eyewear. However, there are risks involved with LASIK eye surgery so it is important for you to weigh the risks and benefits before choosing to go ahead with surgery.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery today, call Vermont Eye Laser in Burlington!