Myths About LASIK and iLASIK By William Goldstein on July 25, 2017

While there have been fairly accurate real life examples of the advantages of the LASIK eye surgery, there are still a lot of people who are skeptical about its impact on their eyes and overall eye health. From dreadful side effects to reduction in the quality of vision - and even permanent blindness - there are quite a few misconceptions regarding LASIK and iLASIK to make you feel all the more petrified about undergoing the procedure. Here is a list of common myths about Lasik eye surgery and the plain and simple truth about each of them.

Myth 1iLasik is a new technology and there is little information about its long term effects The truth is that the history of LASIK dates back to the early 80s when the first ever treatment was performed on a patient in the United States more than three decades ago in 1985. The side effects – if any – of the modern Lasik procedure include mild discomfort that typically last only a couple of hours or days from the surgery. As such, there is no need of special treatment to resolve. There haven’t been any major complications recorded so far.

Myth 2 – Lasik surgery is painful
Like in all other eye surgeries, the patient is typically administered with a numbing eye drop that eliminates any sensation and any consequent discomfort in the eye during the Lasik surgery. The reshaping procedure of the cornea is pain-free and you will not feel the slightest of pain or discomfort during the process. However, if you are really apprehensive of surgeries in general, you can ask your doctor to provide you a mild sedative that will help you relax.

Myth 3- Wearing contact lenses is a safer option as compared to the Lasik eye surgery
According to some of the leading experts and eye physicians in the world believe that prolonged use of contact lenses can prove to be dangerous and Lasik eye surgery is actually a better way of restoring vision. Wearing contact lenses for several hours at a time can not only restrict the supply of oxygen to your cornea but also lead to infections or impaired vision. The odds of a complication from contact lenses

Myth 4 – You can go blind after an iLasik operation
One of the most common and highly baseless misconceptions surrounding the Lasik Eye surgery is that the patient can eventually experience complete and irreversible blindness following the surgical procedure. The fact is that if you get your Lasik done from an experienced surgeon who employs the use of the latest technologies, there are minimal chances of the surgery going wrong in any way. Also, the fact that there have been no reported cases of patients going blind after the Lasik in over three decades is a fair testimony to it being incredibly safe and highly reliable 

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