Myths and Facts About LASIK Surgery

Most likely, you’ve heard about LASIK and know that it’s an operation that can help you to see better. But, you’ve also probably heard a lot of myths around the procedure.  

Here at our offices in Frankfort and Bourbonnais, Illinois, Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski and our expert team are dedicated to your eye health. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to LASIK eye surgery, so you have all the facts you need to decide if it’s the right option for you. 

Myth: LASIK can make you go blind

Nobody has ever gone blind from LASIK. And the procedure has been around for over 20 years. In fact, it isn’t even possible. The operation is only performed on the surface layers of your eye tissues and doesn’t go deeper into the parts of your eye that are responsible for blindness.   

Fact: LASIK is painless

We perform the LASIK procedure in an outpatient setting, and we put numbing drops into your eyes before we do the operation. So, you don’t feel any pain; just a bit of pressure and minor discomfort as your eyes heal in the days following your procedure.    

Myth: Everyone who has LASIK sees perfectly afterward 

Getting LASIK doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll never have to wear glasses or contacts again. The procedure doesn’t give you perfect 20/20 vision, but it can improve your vision. How much is entirely dependent on the individual, and there are no guarantees as to how much it will improve your vision.

However, the vast majority of people who have the procedure notice at least some improvement to their vision. According to The American Refractive Surgery Council, 99 percent of patients achieved better than 20/40 vision, while 90 percent can achieve 20/20 or better. In fact, LASIK has the highest success rate of any elective procedure at 96%.   

Fact: LASIK is not for everyone

LASIK doesn’t treat every vision problem, but it can treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. There are certain factors that can prevent you from having the procedure, including having dry eye syndrome, a fluctuating glasses or contact lens prescription, a problem with dilation, and certain corneal conditions. 

LASIK is also not for those who are under 18 years of age, those who are pregnant or nursing, or those who are taking certain prescription drugs. Talk to us to see if you’re a candidate.     

Bottom line: If you’re experiencing vision problems, don’t let it get worse. Call us to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations today.

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