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Three More Popular Myths About LASIK Eye Surgery

April 19, 2012

Dispelling even more common myths regarding LASIK eye surgery.

There has never been a better time to get LASIK eye surgery than during the bright, beautiful spring season. Not only do the amazing, beneficial results that come with LASIK offer you clear views of the budding flowers outside and a fresh start to another spring season, but LASIK eye surgery can also free you of the many inconveniences that come with being tied to contact lenses or glasses during the spring and summer months.

If you have ever had to go through spring or summer while wearing corrective lenses, then you understand what a pain in the butt they can be. Not only do glasses and contacts prevent you from carrying out your day-to-day activities without having to look through an altered lens, but they can put a damper on fun seasonal events such as biking, kayaking, swimming, jet-skiing, playing on the beach, scuba diving, etc.

LASIK Eye Surgery

Luckily, LASIK has become one of the most popular corrective vision procedures in the world. Everyone from celebrities to doctors to athletes are having their vision permanently corrected through the use of LASIK surgery and are raving about the many beneficial results that this procedure can have on a person’s vision. Plus, given the many advances in LASIK technology over the years, this surgery helps to make vision correction possible for people who were once told they would never qualify for LASIK or similar procedures.

To help you get a better idea of what you can expect from LASIK eye surgery, as well to help you fully understand the many benefits that comes with this common procedure, we are dispelling even more common myths regarding vision and LASIK eye surgery.

MYTH: Very Few People Are Eligible For LASIK

While LASIK eye surgery used to be a very strict and limited procedure when it was first invented a few decades ago, the technology has developed in such a way that millions of people all over the world are finding that they are a perfect match for surgery. LASIK can benefit a great number of people with myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Candidates should have a strong desire to be less dependent on corrective lenses, have established realistic expectations, and understand the risks associated with the surgery.

MYTH: After LASIK, Summer Water Sports Are Off Limits

One of the things patients look forward to the most after LASIK surgery is getting in the water. However, after you have your LASIK surgery, your eyes are very vulnerable to infection so it’s advisable to avoid swimming for at least a week post-surgery. After one week, it is fine to begin swimming in a pool. The key to jumping back into serious water activities is proper eye protection. You can resume water activities such as snorkeling, sailing, water surfing, waterslides and kayaking two weeks after your LASIK procedure as long as you wear goggles or other appropriate eye protection.

MYTH: It’s Cheaper To Wear Contacts/Lenses

When most people calculate the cost of LASIK surgery, they often don’t account just how much money contact lenses and glasses actually cost them over time. If you combine the cost of lenses, contact solutions and office visits, these costs can add up to as much as $500 per year. Add that up over 20 or 30 years of wearing contacts and, soon enough, your corrective lenses are costing you thousands of dollars. Therefore, in the end, LASIK is actually the more cost-efficient option.

LASIK eye surgery is a wonderful procedure for any person who is looking to reduce their dependence glasses or contact lenses and live life with better sight. Contact OCLI today for more information about how you can improve your vision and quality of life through the use of LASIK surgery.


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