LASIK Myths By William Goldstein on July 27, 2016


Despite having established itself as an awesome procedure to correct eye-problems, LASIK is still the 
victim of many misconceptions. Here are five common LASIK myths you may have come across at some point 
of time:

1. LASIK is dangerous

This is one of the most common beliefs that exist in the minds of people today. As a relatively new 
treatment, LASIK is often thought of having side-effects that include blindness or other health issues. 
The good news, however, is that there are no reports of blindness caused by LASIK at all. In-fact, only 
in extremely rare cases have patients complained about their vision getting worse. But for that matter, 
no medical procedure is 100% correct. The efficiency of a medical procedure is judged on how high its 
rate of success is, and LASIK has proved itself to be a very successful procedure. Bladeless LASIK has improved the safety immensely in the last few years

2. LASIK treatments are way too expensive

You either spend a little bigger amount as a one-time investment, or keep spending smaller amounts on 
a recurring basis indefinitely. Let us look at it this way. Drip by drip, you will eventually be losing 
much more money in the long run than if you shell out more only once. Though you may feel that a 
LASIK procedure is too expensive, you will definitely find the return on investment high. Contact Dr. 
Goldstein's clinic to learn more about how much you are actually going to save. 

3. Patients still use glasses

LASIK does not make your eyes permanently immune to eye problems. It rather brings the functioning 
of your eyes back to normal. This implies that your vision can deteriorate over time, just as it would in 
anybody. In general, eyesight starts failing above the age of 40, and the same applies to patients who 
have undergone LASIK too. However, you must remember that this is neither caused by LASIK, nor a 
failure on its part. It is just how eyes function- even with people who have never had any eye problems 
before! This problem has to do with the loss of ability to see up close. The distance vision is generally stable, even as patients begin to rely more on readers.

4. Aged people cannot undergo LASIK

This is another common misconception. LASIK treatment has been performed on patients as old as 80. 
The same factors apply to them as any other patient. LASIK is perfectly safe for any age group above 

5. LASIK does not need a good doctor

Many people think that since LASIK is a laser procedure, most of the work is done by technology, and they think that the role of a doctor is negligible. However, technology cannot be relied on entirely. An expert's hand is required to handle this technology if it has to be successful. The tests that 
the procedure involves requires the expertise of a knowledgeable surgeon. Dr. Goldstein has performed thousands of LASIK procedures and as such, is one of the experts in this surgery.

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Laser Eye Care Center

William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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