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5 Misconceptions About LASIK Surgery

5 Misconceptions About LASIK Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is a common procedure conducted to help correct vision problems. It helps correct issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. People who have undergone LASIK surgery usually will not need to wear corrective glasses or contact lenses after the procedure.

Despite its growing popularity, there are still many misconceptions about LASIK. This may lead to patients hesitating and choosing to delay the procedure. Read on to shine a light on some of the more common myths surrounding LASIK surgery and find out if LASIK is a good option for you.

Misconception 1: Laser eye treatment only corrects short-sightedness

If you have any of these conditions, then laser eye surgery can correct your vision and allow you to see clearly without aids.

Learn More: Is LASIK Surgery Right For You?

Misconception 2: LASIK is painful

This is an understandably persistent myth about LASIK surgery. After all, using lasers to reshape your corneas sounds like it would be unbearably painful. However the reality is that LASIK is a mostly painless procedure that is done quickly and professionally. 

Numbing drops are given before the surgery to ensure there is no pain and patients might feel some pressure in their eyes at the most. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and your vision will recover quickly.

Misconception 3: Laser eye treatment is suitable for everyone

While LASIK treatment in Singapore can improve the quality of life for many people, it’s not necessarily suitable for all patients. Patients with pre-existing health conditions like autoimmune diseases or diabetes might not be good candidates for the procedure.

Patients are also advised to wait until they are 18 before undergoing the procedure as vision is generally stable after this age. Pregnant women may also experience hormone-related changes to their vision and should wait a few months after their pregnancy before choosing to undergo this procedure

Certain fields like aviation and the military also have strict regulations against employees going for LASIK so prospective patients should check with their employers before going for laser eye surgery. 

Misconception 4: You don’t need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK

LASIK is a permanent solution to correct your current vision problems. Patients generally will not have to wear spectacles or contact lenses for clear vision after they have undergone the surgery.

However as you age, the natural lens in your eye becomes less elastic which can result in difficulty focusing on nearby objects. At this stage, you might require reading glasses for certain tasks.

Misconception 5: LASIK is not affordable

This is another misconception that is outdated. A few decades ago the cost of LASIK surgery in Singapore might have been more expensive, but the cost of laser eye surgery has reduced significantly in recent years and LASIK is much more affordable today.

LASIK is an extremely safe, reliable, painless, and effective procedure that can correct a wide range of vision problems. Performed on millions of patients a year, it has a good track record and any side-effects experienced will be temporary.

At Nova Eye Centre, our years of experience and a professional dedicated team allow us to deliver quality medical care. Contact us to set up a consultation and start your LASIK journey with us today.

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