3. Laser eye surgery can cause blindness
There have been no confirmed cases of a patient becoming blind whilst having laser eye surgery. Serious complications have occurred but these are extremely rare. Despite how rare they are, your consultant will still review all the potential risks surrounding your potential surgery and advise whether or not it is the best option for you.
4. You’ll be glasses-free, forever
Regardless of whether or not you have laser eye surgery, normal vision does change over time and as you age. This is called Presbyopia. This occurs when the mechanism in your eye fails to focus and gets stuck in fixed focus for distance. This is because of the loss of elasticity of the natural lens that occurs with ageing. The changes made to your cornea during the surgery are permanent. However, if changes occur it may mean that you will require reading glasses or require glasses when driving at night to help with glares. To keep on top of this, it is strongly recommended that you have regular checks with your optometrist. Additionally, it is wise to discuss what changes you can expect to happen once you have had the surgery.
5. All outcomes are the same despite the surgeon
Now, this is a really important one.
The most important part of your decision-making journey is choosing the right surgeon who you know and trust has the right skills. You need to spend time researching surgeons in your area that have performed the surgery, how long they have been performing and how the outcomes have been. Look at reviews on websites such as Trustpilot or even Facebook. It is important to do this so that you do have the best possible outcome without any complications.
6. The cheapest price for the procedure will have the same outcomes as the most expensive
Not only a myth but it is also dangerous.
Another element in your decision-making journey is choosing the right price.
For example, you go to the shop and buy a watch for £10 – this watch ends up falling apart whereas one that costs £60-£100 lasts you for years. If you wouldn’t choose the cheaper option for a watch why would you choose the cheaper option for something as precious as your eyes? You must ask yourself why is it so cheap? Because the chances are that they are missing out important pre and post-operative care that could have a detrimental impact on your eyes. If pricing is a concern, find a practice that offers a finance option. For example, here at My iClinic, we offer 0% finance for patients who are considering undergoing SMILE or Presbyond. This way, patients can get the best treatment available without having a major impact on their finances.
In addition to the quality of care, you need to consider the different laser types. For example, here at My iClinic we have the lastest Visumax and MEL90 lasers by Zeiss. It is important to make sure the the technology being used is up to date in order to achieve optimal results.
7. Laser eye surgery can impact whether or not you can have cataract surgery in the future
Laser eye surgery does not prevent you from having cataract surgery in the future. Laser eye surgery focuses on your cornea rather than your lens as a cataract operation would.
8. If laser eye surgery goes wrong nothing can be done to correct it
Again, a myth.
It’s extremely unlikely that your results will be not as expected. If this is the case, our surgeon will carry out further treatment that is deemed necessary to help you achieve the vision that you wanted. If your surgeon is telling something different, insinuating that nothing can be done then be sure to get a second opinion.
9. Laser eye surgery is just for short-sightedness
This is not the case.
There are options to help correct short-sightedness AND long-sightedness as well as astigmatisms. Here at My iClinic we offer SMILE, Presbyond and Lasik so there is bound to be an option for you. We will always select the best solution suitable for your eyes.
10. Laser eye surgery is a long procedure
Take SMILE for example.
SMILE takes 27 seconds per eye.
The longest part of your laser eye surgery journey is your pre-operative consultation. We know the idea of being under a laser, not sure of what is going to happen can be daunting but, that is one of the great benefits of SMILE, it’s a quick and simple procedure that can change your life for the better.
We hope that this blog has helped relieve your fears and answered questions you had about laser eye surgery.