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LASIK – Is It As Spooky As Some People Think?

October 28, 2016

With Halloween right around the corner, you’re probably seeing all manner of spooky, haunted things in your neighborhood. Ghouls, goblins, vampires, and witches are all par for the course this time of year. That is of course, unless you can’t see them very well. Maybe you lost a contact on your neighborhood walk, or maybe your eyes have changed and you haven’t had the time to get a new prescription in your frames.

Whatever the case, you might be considering LASIK, instead. But you also might be hearing some spooky whispers from your neighbors or friends about the dangers of LASIK and what could go wrong. So we’re here today to lift the cobwebs from that old information and let you know that getting LASIK isn’t frightening at all.

It’s understandable that people are concerned about any procedure involving their eyes, and most patients do have questions about the safety of LASIK. Luckily, it’s very easy to reassure them, as LASIK is actually quite safe.

As with any surgery, there isn’t a 100% safety guarantee, but recent studies have shown that not only are there very low incidences of complications, which are usually minor, but LASIK’s effectiveness was incredibly high. In a recent FDA study, 95% of patients had 20/20 or better vision after surgery.

And the surgery itself is relatively short and painless. You might be surprised to learn that the surgery only takes about 10-15 minutes per eye. Most patients will even experience improved vision the same day they have the surgery. While you should have someone else drive you home after the procedure, most people will be able to return to work the next day, or within a few days. By following your doctor’s instructions, you’ll ensure that your recovery time is as quick as possible.

And yes, the patient is conscious during the procedure, but anesthetic eye drops numb the area so that the patient doesn’t feel any pain. If a patient is extremely nervous or anxious about the procedure, they may be given a sedative to calm them before surgery.

There are entire websites dedicated to trying to prove that LASIK is unsafe, but it’s simply not true. Talk with your doctor, and don’t only rely on word of mouth. A neighbor’s aunt’s friend who got LASIK twenty years ago and suffers from complications isn’t a reliable source. Your doctor and the FDA are.

When you first hear about LASIK, it can sound a little scary. That’s why it’s important for people to get the facts and understand exactly what the surgery entails. Once you know what’s actually going on, there isn’t much to be afraid of.

So if you’re tired of seeing blurry Halloween decorations or updating your prescription every few years, then contact us today to schedule a consultation. Millions of people have benefited from LASIK surgery, so call today and find out if you could be next.

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