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The most preferred refractive surgery in the U.S. is LASIK eye surgery. Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis is a popular laser vision correction option for those with myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.


Despite LASIK’s success over the years, however, it is still the subject of many myths and misconceptions. It helps to know about these myths so you can also determine the facts for yourself. Here are some of those myths and the facts behind them that you should uncover.

Anyone Can Have LASIK

The truth is that not all people qualify for LASIK. This is why it takes a comprehensive eye exam before a patient can be cleared and prepped for laser surgery.

LASIK Causes Pain

Anesthetic drops are used to keep the eye numb during the surgery. Afterward, you may experience a gritty feeling in the eye but this is likely to go away in a few hours. Your doctor may give you ibuprofen to relieve any irritation.

LASIK Can Blind You

LASIK has been around for decades, but there has never been a confirmed case of someone going blind after the procedure. Complications are extremely rare. Your eye doctor will check you for any potential risks before approving you for the surgery.

Cheap LASIK Is the Better Choice

This is a dangerous myth. It’s not a good idea to try to skimp when it comes to eye surgery. Anyone who offers LASIK for cheap has got to be cutting the costs somewhere, probably in the screening, pre-and post-operative stages, and that’s not safe. Always have your LASIK performed by a reputable professional.

Need an optometrist? Perhaps you’d like to learn more about LASIK pre and post-operative care. Get in touch with Spectrum Eye Care. Call us today at (704) 817-4600 or fill out this form to schedule an appointment.