When discussing LASIK, it’s still common for misconceptions to come into the mix. As popular as LASIK is, the procedure itself is not always very well understood.
For prospective LASIK patients, it’s pertinent that they have accurate information. After all, how are you supposed to make an important decision if you have misinformation? To help set the record straight, let’s debunk some common LASIK surgery myths!
LASIK Myth #1: I can’t get LASIK with astigmatism
LASIK Myth #1 Debunked: Not true. Well, not anymore at least. LASIK was first introduced in the 1990s, and at the time, was unable to correct astigmatism. Since then, technology has continued advancing.
This includes LASIK correcting for astigmatism! Currently, LASIK surgery corrects astigmatism even better than prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
If you have severe astigmatism, LASIK may not be the best procedure for you. Talk to your eye doctor about your options.
LASIK Myth #2: LASIK is horrible for reading vision
LASIK Myth #2 Debunked:
When referring to IOLs in cataract surgery, patients only have clear distance vision. As a result, these patients usually end up needing reading glasses to see up close.
But this is not the case with LASIK. But it’s important to realize that LASIK doesn’t correct presbyopia. If you need reading glasses, you may need a different vision correction procedure.
LASIK Myth #3: The flap created during LASIK won’t heal
LASIK Myth #3 Debunked:
The corneal flap created in LASIK surgery will heal. While LASIK surgery does have risks – as does any surgery, they are low.
The corneal flap is living tissue and will heal as broken bones do. Compared to other procedures like PRK, the recovery period of LASIK is fast!
LASIK Myth #4: You can’t get LASIK if you’re too old
LASIK Myth #4 Debunked:
The only age limitation for LASIK is patients must be at least 18 years of age. From there, you also need to have a stable prescription for at least a year before LASIK.
There is no age limit on the other end, but LASIK isn’t right for everyone. If you have glaucoma, cataracts, or presbyopia, LASIK is likely not right for you.
The only way to know for sure? Schedule a LASIK consultation with Stahl Eyecare Experts in Long Island!
LASIK Myth #5: LASIK isn’t affordable or worth it
LASIK Myth #5 Debunked:
The average cost for LASIK is about $4,000, or $2,000 per eye. That seems like a lot, especially if you’re paying up-front. LASIK is an elective procedure, so insurance companies won’t cover it.
Don’t lose all hope! There are plenty of companies that offer LASIK financing. Or you can look into LASIK financing with the practice performing your procedure. They may be able to give you a better deal with less interest.
The best part: they can work with you to come up with a reasonable monthly payment. Still not convinced? LASIK actually pays for itself over time!
Think about how much money you already spend on glasses and contacts each year. LASIK is permanent, meaning you won’t need to buy glasses, contacts, or accessories.
After a few years, the cost of LASIK has paid for itself, and it saves you money. How can you say no to that?
Decided it’s time to take the plunge and get LASIK? Schedule your LASIK consultation with Stahl Eyecare Experts in Long Island today!