Myths & facts

Afraid of LASIK? We know it doesn’t seem quite like a walk in the park, but undergoing this procedure is actually much easier than you think. Below are some of your biggest fears and misconceptions about this surgery—and the accompanying facts that will help you to see LASIK in a new light.

  1. Does the procedure hurt?

  2. If I move my eyes, will the laser burn me?

  3. Can my vision worsen after the procedure?

  4. Is the recovery period long?

  5. Can I go blind?

  6. Will I have some kind of terrible side effect?

  7. Does my prescription need to be stable?

  8. What are the long-term results for LASIK?

  9. Is LASIK too risky?

  10. Will my night vision get worse after LASIK?

  11. Can Presbyopia be treated by vision correction?

  12. Are contact lenses safer than LASIK?

FEAR #1: THE PROCEDURE WILL HURT. FACT: LASIK IS NOT PAINFUL.

Most of our patients say they feel nothing more than a minor sensation during the procedure, if anything at all. Plus, our surgeons will give you numbing eye drops to ensure that the experience is as painless as possible.

FEAR #2: IF I MOVE MY EYES THE LASER WILL BURN ME. FACT: LASIK IS A PRECISE, EXACT PROCEDURE.

LASIK MD lasers were designed for even the most restless of eyes. Each laser is equipped with a special tracker that follows eye movement to ensure a safe and accurate procedure. It’s all very high-tech.

FEAR #3: MY VISION CAN WORSEN AFTER THE PROCEDURE. FACT: YOU’LL SEE MUCH CLEARER THAN BEFORE.

Our one and only mission is to improve your eyesight. Laser vision correction will free you from glasses and contact lenses, and help you to see much clearer than before. Start making big plans for the post-LASIK you.

FEAR #4: THE RECOVERY PERIOD IS LONG. FACT: RECOVERY? WHAT RECOVERY?

The recovery period following LASIK is short, so you’ll be back to your normal day-to-day within 24 hours.

FEAR #5: I CAN GO BLIND. FACT: YOU CAN’T GO BLIND FROM LASIK.

Thanks to today’s advancements in technology, it is virtually impossible to go blind from LASIK.

FEAR #6: I WILL HAVE SOME KIND OF TERRIBLE SIDE EFFECT. FACT: COMPLICATIONS ARE EXTREMELY RARE.

Complications following LASIK are rare, minor and treatable. In fact, the main side effect you will experience is the feeling of freedom from no longer needing to wear glasses or contacts.

FEAR #7: MY PRESCRIPTION NEEDS TO BE STABLE. FACT: STABLE PRESCRIPTION NOT REQUIRED.

We’re pleased to report that your prescription doesn’t need to be stable in order to get LASIK. So no matter when you decide to get the procedure done, we’re certain that you’ll enjoy the view.

FEAR #8: LASIK IS STILL NEW AND THERE AREN'T ANY LONG-TERM RESULTS. FACT: 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE (AND COUNTING).

The numbers don’t lie: LASIK has been offered for over 25 years and, since then, 35 million patients (and counting) have enjoyed the benefits of this life-changing procedure! LASIK is a proven and effective way to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

FEAR #9: LASIK IS SIMPLY TOO RISKY. FACT: UNQUESTIONABLE SAFETY.

The next time you’re looking for that contact lens you dropped or are using your t-shirt to clean your glasses, consider laser vision correction. LASIK is one of the safest elective procedures in modern medicine. It also yields high levels of patient satisfaction. Isn’t it time you were one of those happy patients?

FEAR #10: MY NIGHT VISION WILL GET WORSE AFTER LASIK. FACT: CLARITY, ALL DAY AND NIGHT.

From early mornings to late nights, you’ll be amazed by just how clear your vision following LASIK. That’s because, unlike with past laser eye surgery technologies, most of our patients report a significant improvement to their eyesight at night. Gone are the days when haloes or glare were a risk associated with older technology. With today’s state-of-the-art laser equipment, your vision clarity at night time is yet another perk of going glasses-free.

FEAR #11: PRESBYOPIA CAN’T BE TREATED BY VISION CORRECTION. FACT: CLEAR READING VISION STARTS WITH PRESBYVISION™.

Not only do we treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism but we can also help those bothered by symptoms of presbyopia, too. So if you wear reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses, our PresbyVision™ procedures can help you get rid of them.

FEAR #12: CONTACT LENSES ARE MUCH SAFER THAN LASIK FACT: YOUR SAFEST BET? LET GO OF THE LENSES.

Maybe you’ve heard that contact lenses are ultra-safe before, but time and time again, research has shown that long-term use of soft contacts is actually much riskier than LASIK. The potential for infection is high with daily contact lens wear: one person in every 100 contracts a potentially-serious eye infection due to improper cleaning and wearing habits. LASIK, on the other hand, has a lower risk, with only one person out of every 1,500 developing an infection following their procedure—and if such occurs, most can be easily treated.