Destroying Misconceptions about LASIK and Other Laser Vision Correction Procedures

Misconceptions about LASIK and other laser vision correction abound. Laser vision correction, when performed on appropriate candidates, is a safe and effective procedure that has gotten countless people out of glasses and contact lenses.   But LASIK is not for everyone.  Even if your eye surgeon tells you that you qualify for the surgery, it may not achieve all of your visual goals.  Below are some of the more common considerations when thinking about whether laser vision correction is right for you.

The easiest way to think about LASIK is to consider it like putting on a permanent pair of contact lenses. Like contact lenses or glasses these “contact lenses” improve the focus of the eye.  But unlike contact lenses they never need to be put in or taken out.   They never need to be cleaned;  and you can swim in them.  Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to see the alarm clock without putting on your glasses. Laser vision correction achieves this by using a laser to gently reshape the front of your eye (cornea).

What laser vision cannot do is correct for disease or natural aging of the eye.  For instance, people who are not seeing well because of cataract (a cloudy lens) can achieve LASIK-like results only by having the cataract removed.  Those in their forties and up may enjoy not having to wear glasses at distance after surgery, but they will need glasses for reading.

In short, LASIK / laser vision correction is a great procedure for properly chosen candidates who understand its benefits and limitations.

I hope this helps.

Below I’ve compiled some common misconceptions about laser vision correction:

I can’t get LASIK because I have astigmatism

Not true.  LASIK surgery can help nearsightedness, farsightedness and people who have astigmatism.

My eyesight is too bad for LASIK eye surgery

Laser vision correction has undergone rapid technologic advancement since its introduction in the mid-1990s.  Today, even people with high glasses prescriptions are potential candidates.  Only an ophthalmologist can determine if you qualify.

I’m too old for LASIK surgery

To determine whether or not you are a candidate for LASIK does not depend on your age.  There is no fixed upper age limit for LASIK.  However, older people may be better served by cataract surgery.  Advances in cataract surgery allow for LASIK-like results while elimintating the cloudy lens in the eye at the same time.

I’ll have to wear glasses after LASIK anyways

Many people who have LASIK surgery do not need to wear any prescription glasses after the procedure.  Those in their mid-forties and older typically need reading glasses for fine print and near work but function without glasses for most other tasks.

I can’t risk LASIK, my job depends on my eyesight

eyeLASIK surgery has been approved for pilots, firefighters, military personnel and astronauts, all of which rely on their eyesight to perform their job.  These professions have found that glasses can be broken and contacts lost so surgically corrected eyesight is actually a benefit.

I was told I am not a candidate for LASIK

Even if you were told many years ago you were not a candidate for LASIK it is very likely that you are now.  The technology continues to improve and with the latest advances more and more people are benefiting from the procedure.

So, no matter what you’ve thought or heard in the past it may be time to give LASIK surgery another look and see that the common misconceptions of LASIK eye surgery no longer apply to you.

Dr. Ahad Mahootchi

Board Certified Ophthalmologist at The Eye Clinic of Florida
Dr. Mahootchi is a board certified Ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of the Clinic.

A Tampa Tribune reader’s poll has ranked him as Pasco’s Best Eye Surgeon for the last 3 years.

PatientsChoice.org has recognized him as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors for 9 years in a row (2009-2017). He again won the Patient’s Choice Award for the 9th year in row this year. Both awards are given to less than 3% of doctors and based on patient voting. Dr. Mahootchi was in the top 1% in 2017.
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