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LASIK is an effective treatment for common vision problems, but many people are scared away from the procedure by myths and scaremongering. If the following LASIK myths are keeping you from looking into laser eye surgery, then take a look at the facts listed below to help you get a clearer picture of the procedure and potential side effects.

Myth: LASIK is painful
Fact: The LASIK surgeon uses anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. You may feel brief pressure on your eyes, but the procedure is not painful and only takes about 15 minutes. Your surgeon may be able to give you a sedative to help you relax during the procedure if anxiety or fear is keeping you away from LASIK.

Myth: LASIK carries a high risk of complications
The risk of serious complications resulting from LASIK is less than one percent. In the early days of the procedure, this figure was higher – up to 5 percent – but improvements in technique mean that the procedure today is much safer.

Myth: LASIK causes permanent dry eyes
Many people experience dry eyes after LASIK surgery, but this usually disappears within six months. An optometrist can prescribe lubricating eye drops to help the eyes feel more comfortable during the first few months, while the eye is healing.

Myth: LASIK is useless for extreme myopia (short-sightedness)
Many people think that there is no point in looking into LASIK if they are severely short-sighted, with a prescription of greater than -6 D. However, some types of laser eye surgery can be used to treat myopia of up to -10 or even -12 D.
Myth: The benefits of LASIK don’t last
LASIK permanently changes the shape of the cornea in order to treat vision problems such as myopia and astigmatism. The effects of LASIK don’t wear off, although it is still possible to experience a normal decline in vision as you age. LASIK doesn’t speed up age-related decline in vision.

Myth: All LASIK surgeons are the same
When considering laser eye surgery, it is worth comparing several surgeons and optometry clinics to be sure you get the best eye care possible. Look for a surgeon who has a long record of performing LASIK treatment and a good success rate.