Have you considered LASIK eye surgery but been put off by rumors of pain, excessive cost, or unreliable results? Perhaps it’s time to examine the decision more closely and sort out what is myth and what is truth regarding this increasingly popular vision correction surgery.
Patients undergoing any type of surgical procedure may reasonably worry about the pain involved. LASIK, however, is virtually painless—the numbing eye drops applied beforehand and the precision of the laser instruments ensure that you feel at most some pressure on the eye. And it’s quick, too. Most procedures last under an hour.
It would be a mistake to presuppose a single fixed price for any surgery. Not all laser eye procedures will be the same, and pricing will vary based on your optometrist, the equipment used, and the requirements of your vision adjustment. Beware of bait and switch “basement price” surgery, but don’t assume the procedure you need is out of your league; it is often more affordable than people think.
The vast majority of patients suffer no serious side effects from laser eye surgery, and long-term effects are very rare indeed. No one has gone blind from it! Natural aging processes may still affect your vision down the road, but generally the surgery can correct most nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with results no more damaging than a couple days of sensitivity and mild discomfort.
As with any medical procedure, great care and consideration should be taken before proceeding with LASIK. But do yourself a favor and make sure your path to clear vision is at least based on informed fact rather than rumor.
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