Dispelling Myths About LASIK
By Dr. Jay Rudd
It’s time to dispel some common LASIK myths. Over the past 20 years, the LASIK procedure has evolved into one of the most successful surgical operations performed today. Current technology has allowed modern LASIK surgery to offer results that are comparable to, if not better than, contact lens vision!
Despite these fantastic results, some people who could greatly benefit from LASIK surgery have steered clear because of misunderstandings about the very safe, proven procedure. I would like to address some of these issues.
- Eye surgeons would never have LASIK on their own eyes.
- In a recent poll of refractive surgeons, 65% stated they have had LASIK or PRK surgery.
- Ninety-one percent of the refractive surgeons polled said they had recommended refractive surgery to their immediate family members.
- LASIK increases glare and halos.
- Two recent FDA-sponsored studies on patient reported outcomes indicate that glare and halos were dramatically reduced in patients having LASIK/PRK. compared with vision using their eyeglasses.
- Dry eye is much more common after LASIK.
- The same FDA-sponsored studies showed a significant reduction in dry eye symptoms at the six-month follow-up visit.
- With Aurora LASIK’s blade-free LASIK, we have not seen ongoing problems with dry eyes. The initial three-month post-operative period requires frequent artificial tear use, but symptoms are typically reduced to baseline at three months.
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