Should You Be Worried About Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser vision correction, also known as laser eye surgery, is a popular and effective way to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, it is not uncommon for people to have concerns about undergoing surgery, especially surgery on their eyes. This post will discuss some of the most common concerns people have about laser vision correction and provide information to help alleviate those fears.
What are The Risks Of Laser Vision Correction?
One of the concerns people often have about laser vision correction is the risk of complications. While any surgical procedure carries some risk, the risk of complications with laser eye surgery is extremely low. For example, to this day, out of the tens of millions of people who have undergone this procedure, there has not been a single person who has gone blind from laser vision correction. The most common negative side-effect is dry eyes, which can be easily treated with eye drops. It is important to note that the risk of negative side-effects can be reduced by choosing an experienced surgeon and carefully following pre-operative and post-operative instructions. Find out more about one of our LASIK surgeons, Dr. Joseph King HERE.
How Successful Is LASIK?
Another concern people have is the potential for the surgery to fail. It is true that laser eye surgery is not 100% successful. There is a small chance that the patient will not achieve the desired outcome. However, the success rate for laser vision correction is extremely high and, if you do not experience the expected results, the BCLasik team will continue to work with you to help you achieve 20/20 vision.
How Much Does LASIK Cost?
A common objection we receive from patients interested in laser vision correction is the high cost. While the price can vary depending on the type of procedure, the location, and the surgeon, it is often considered a safe and effective long-term investment. When looking at the price, it is important to weigh the long-term savings of not purchasing glasses or contacts. After accounting for the savings gained by not depending on a prescription, a procedure with BCLasik will often pay for itself.
Is LASIK Painful?
Absolutely not. Patients often express concern about the pain they may experience during or after the procedure. “Will it hurt?” is a question BCLasik’s vision counselors encounter all too often. While some patients may experience minor discomfort or a pressure on their eye during the procedure, it is certainly not painful. Patients occasionally report mild dry eye symptoms after the procedure, but these lessen with time and are easily treated with eye drops.
How Long Is Recovery Time For LASIK?
Lastly, some people are concerned about the recovery time after their laser vision correction. While the recovery time can vary depending on the type of procedure and the individual patient, most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. Certain activities should be avoided for a couple weeks beyond this recovery window (i.e. swimming), which is why it is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your vision counselor.
In conclusion, laser vision correction, especially with an experienced clinic like BCLasik, is a safe and effective way to correct vision problems. While a patient may feel anxious going into the procedure, they should remember that the risk of complications is extremely low, and the benefits cannot be overstated. By choosing an experienced surgeon and following post-operative instructions, you can be sure the procedure will be painless, the recovery will be quick, and the cost will be more than worth it. If you are considering laser eye surgery, reach out to our team at BCLasik, so we help you experience life with clear, natural vision.
Is LASIK Right For You?
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