Most people have fears about LASIK eye surgery. Some people fear it to the extent that they won’t even consider having the surgery. The truth is that LASIK is a very common and safe procedure. However, we can understand any concerns you might have.
Since most patients don’t know what to expect from LASIK, their fears are heightened simply from lack of knowledge. Sometimes the best solution to overcoming your fears is to learn more about them so you can understand what is real and what isn’t. Simply learning more and understanding what is involved in the process is enough to take away at least some, if not all, of your fears.
Listed below are some of the most common fears about LASIK:
- Fear of financial strain
Many patients are afraid that they simply can’t afford LASIK. LASIK does require an average investment of about $2,500 per eye but it will actually save you money in the long term on contacts and glasses. And most patients find that the long-term freedom LASIK offers is well worth the investment
- Fear of being awake during the procedure
Most patients are nervous at the thought of being awake during the procedure but LASIK is actually a very quick, painless process. Numbing drops will ensure that you don’t feel any pain and your doctor may give you a mild sedative to help you relax. Patients do feel a mild pressure on their eyes during the procedure but no pain.
- Fear of losing your eyesight
According to the FDA, there have not been any reported incidents of blindness resulting from LASIK. There is a very low risk of complications due to LASIK and it is incredibly rare for a patient’s eyesight to worsen as a result of LASIK. Any vision problems that occur after surgery can be fixed with treatment.
- Fear of the laser
This is a completely understandable fear as LASIK does involve contact with a laser. However, the laser only contacts each eye for a few seconds and the equipment includes a specialized eye-tracking system. That way there is no risk of error if you move your eyes because your surgeon can match the laser pulses to your eye movement.
At Feinerman Vision, we understand that everyone is unique and we will work with you to walk you through any questions and concerns you might have. Contact us today to set up a LASIK consultation at our Newport Beach office!