Common Laser Eye Surgery Myths
- The Laser is Hot –The lasers used to perform eye surgery are cold. You may have heard or been told that there is a burning smell during the procedure as well. This is caused by the laser releasing carbon atoms and is not something to worry about.
- The Procedure is Painful – You will be given anesthetic drops before the procedure, so you often won’t feel anything. In the days following surgery, you may feel some discomfort, but it will pass as your eyes heal.
- It Isn’t Permanent – Any change made to your cornea during surgery is permanent. Your vision, however, may continue to change as you age just as it would if you hadn’t received treatment.
- If You Undergo Laser Eye Surgery, You Can’t Have Cataract Surgery – Having this procedure performed does not affect your ability to receive cataract surgery later in life.
- Laser Eye Surgery Can Make You Blind – The process used during the procedure affects the front surface of the eye only. Any major complication is extremely rare, and to date, there have been no reported cases of blindness after undergoing this surgery.
- It Is Only for Those Who Are Near-Sighted – Laser procedures have been used to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism.
- Laser Eye Surgery Is Still A New Procedure – The concept of eye surgery as it is today has been around since the 1980s. However, the idea of performing surgery on the cornea was first thought up in the late 1800s.
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