LASIK Surgery Myths
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, you may have heard some common myths surrounding the surgery, but not all these are indeed facts. Dr. Stephen C. Coleman, Director of Coleman Vision, compiled a list of common myths you may encounter when researching LASIK eye surgery.
Myth: I am too young or old to get LASIK
At Coleman Vision, we begin to evaluate patients for LASIK eye surgery at age 18. Age plays a role but is not the only determinant as to whether you would be eligible for the procedure. Each patient is assessed on an individual basis by Dr. Coleman. Candidacy is driven by pre-operative measurements and data, not only age.
Myth: LASIK is Painful
Patients may experience slight pressure during the procedure, but most report that they do not feel anything at all. During recovery, patients may experience itching and burning, which is short-lived. We give all of our patients a prescription sleeping aid for after the procedure in hopes they sleep comfortably in the immediate hours following their LASIK.
Myth: LASIK Can’t Treat Astigmatism
Laser vision correction has had many technological advances. Dr. Coleman has a particular interest in treating astigmatism and specializes in this. Dr. Coleman did the first FDA approved LASIK procedure to treat astigmatism in 1998. Here at Coleman Vision the amount of your astigmatism is secondary to the shape of it. We can treat multiple eye conditions, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, with or without astigmatism, and astigmatism alone.
Myth: LASIK Can Wear Off
LASIK is a permanent reshaping of the cornea. Laser vision correction will last a lifetime, but it does not prevent eye conditions that come with age. The need for reading glasses is a normal change related to aging that typically starts around 40 years old. Over the course of many years, you will likely need more magnification to see things up close.
Dr. Coleman is a leader in the field and has over 27 years of experience in laser vision correction. Reach out to us today to schedule your free LASIK consultation and get on the road to see more clearly!