5 Common Fears About LASIK

5 Common Fears About LASIK

March 20th, 2018

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Most people are curious about LASIK surgery and love the idea of getting rid of their glasses or contacts. However, many patients will hold off on the surgery out of fear of the unknown.

This is completely understandable as every surgery has some risk involved. However, LASIK is a very safe procedure and most patients who go through with it are thrilled with their results.

Let’s look at five common fears about LASIK — and why you really don’t need to be afraid at all.


  • Fear of the price tag


Many patients are worried that there is no way they can afford LASIK. And it’s true that LASIK isn’t cheap and it’s not covered by insurance. In fact, you should be wary of any low-cost LASIK providers.

However, there are ways to make LASIK more affordable. Many people wait until spring and use their tax refunds to help pay for LASIK. You can also look into financing options to help pay for the procedure.


  • Fear of the laser


Okay, having a laser pointed at your eye may not be the most reassuring image. But this process is incredibly safe. For one thing, the laser comes with a tracking device so there’s no way it can miss.


  • Fear of complications


Many patients worry their surgeon will make a mistake and their vision will be worse than before they started. This fear is understandable but it’s not necessary. 99 percent of patients are happy with the results of their LASIK surgery. And if mistakes are made, they are usually easy to correct in a follow-up surgery.


  • Fear of staying awake during surgery


Many people dislike the idea of staying awake during surgery. Some patients will even say they wished they could just be put to sleep during surgery. You may be surprised to find that staying awake during the surgery is not as scary as it sounds.

Prior to surgery, your doctor will give you numbing eye drops so you won’t feel a thing during the surgery. And if you are especially nervous, they can give you something to help you relax as well. And you can take comfort in knowing the procedure is incredibly short.


  • Fear of recovery


Many patients worry about a long and difficult recovery. You will be relieved to hear that this is also very uncommon. Of course, the recovery time varies based on the individual. But most patients are up and about within the first week after surgery.

If you still have questions about LASIK, we would love to talk to you! Contact us to schedule your LASIK consultation today.