Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser eye surgery treatments are refractive surgeries performed using different types of focused electromagnetic radiation beams (laser beams) for corrective treatment of many eye and vision problems. Simply put, a specialized light beam is used instead of a scalpel to cut through tissue, greatly reducing healing time and providing much more precision for the surgeon.
Laser surgeries are complex, and LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) laser is currently among the most widely used types of laser eye surgeries due to the procedure’s short recovery time and other benefits.
The following are five myths about laser eye surgery:
Myth 1: Pain
One of the biggest myths about eye surgery is that it is painful and the pain just gets worse. While in some cases, the stress, anxiety, and nervousness of undergoing the procedure can tire you out, the truth is that the procedure itself is close to painless. On average, the eye surgery on both eyes does not take more than 10 to 20 minutes. The truth about laser eye surgery side effects is that they are manageable and minimal. You can leave the clinic as soon as you are done with the procedure and usually do not need more than a couple of day’s rest.
Myth 2: Long-term repercussions
Another laser eye surgery myth is that long-term recuperation results from the operation. You need not worry about being careful all your life if you opt for Lasik laser surgery. The only precautions you need to follow are: avoid smoky and foggy places for the first few days, as you might feel a little uncomfortable, avoid swimming and diving for at least four weeks, and do not rub your eyes vigorously for at least a week or two. A month after surgery, you can restart all physical activity without any trouble at all.
Myth 3: Prohibitive cost
There are various types of laser eye surgeries currently practiced by doctors, and not all refractive eye surgeries are expensive. Most people think laser eye surgery is rather expensive and unaffordable. However, the cost of the surgery depends on the clinic that you choose, the type of medical device that your medical practitioner gives you for better eyesight, and the specific surgical procedure that you ultimately select.
Myth 4: Choosing the right surgeon
Another myth about Lasik eye surgey is that picking the right clinic can be a daunting task. All you need to do is select a clinic that offers you a wide array of different types of laser eye surgeries, so you have a range of possible treatment options. Professional surgeons with years of valuables hands-on experience at performing refractive surgery would be your best bet.
Myth 5: Laser doesn’t work if you have really thick glasses
The truth is that state-of-the-art technology provides great precision to help people with major vision problems.
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