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Recovery from LASIK takes a long time.
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Most patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision after surgery. In the following days, vision is further improved and most patients can return to work the next day.
 
LASIK doesn’t treat astigmatism.
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LASIK treats astigmatism extremely well. In fact, those who have LASIK to correct astigmatism often have a better quality of vision after surgery than before with glasses or contacts.
 
My prescription needs to be stable before having LASIK.
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Many people believe they are not good candidates for LASIK because their prescriptions may not have stabilized. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK is to undergo a FREE consultation.
 
I’m too old to have LASIK.
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Patients’ age range from teens to seventies. There are effective treatments for patients who wear reading glasses, and even people over 70 may be candidates following cataract surgery.
 
LASIK is painful and risky.
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Patients say they feel little or no pain and often tell us their worries were unnecessary. LASIK is widely regarded as one of the safest elective procedures in modern medicine. It has some of the highest levels of patient satisfaction of any procedure according to results of a worldwide study.
 
LASIK is a luxury I cannot afford.
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LASIK is an investment that can actually save you money. When you factor in what you’ve already spent on glasses, contact lenses and solution every year, LASIK is an affordable solution. Stahl offers payment plans, financing with zero percent financing and participates in a number of insurance plans that make LASIK very affordable.
 
LASIK is new and there aren’t any long-term results.
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Research has shown that LASIK is an effective way to treat common refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, with over 20 years of proven results. During that time, millions of procedures have been performed worldwide.
 
Complications are common after LASIK.
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Many clinical studies and reports show that the risks for LASIK are very low and most complications can be treated and resolved in the early stages. Simple side effects, such as temporary dry eye or night glare, resolve without further treatment after several weeks or months.
 
After LASIK, I won’t need glasses or contacts ever again.
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Each patient experiences unique results from LASIK. Some achieve 20/20 vision and end their dependence on corrective eyewear. Others find that reading glasses are still needed since as we age, naturally occurring conditions can impair vision.
 
It doesn’t matter who performs my LASIK procedure, since the laser does all the work.
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This is perhaps one of the most dangerous LASIK myths. While the laser is a truly innovative tool essential to the LASIK procedure, it is only a tool. The surgeon’s degree of skill is absolutely essential during this delicate procedure and in using the laser. The surgeons at Stahl have the best training and experience to make your LASIK correction a success.