When it comes to eye procedures like LASIK, it’s normal for many to have an eye-related fear, or ommetaphobia. This fear is mostly caused by patients’ lack of knowledge, but learning about this vision correction will allow you to leave any fears behind you.
A few common fears you may have about LASIK are:
- You don’t know what to expect.
- You’ll feel pain.
- Your procedure will go wrong.
- You’ll be kept away from activities you love.
Although having some fear about a medical procedure is understandable, you have nothing to worry about! Here are four of the most common fears about LASIK, as well as a few words from patients whose lives have changed for the better because of their vision correction.
Fear #1: You don’t know what to expect.
The fear of not knowing what to expect is valid because, with any medical procedure, there is always a chance of a complication. However, LASIK has a 99% success rate, and serious complications are exceedingly rare.
LASIK is performed using advanced laser technology in combination with a skilled surgeon. Each patient is lightly sedated and given numbing eye drops to prevent discomfort. The procedure takes around five minutes per eye, and recovery is quick and easy. Patients can typically see right after their surgery and return to regular activity within 24-48 hours.
Tamara and Bart also had this fear of not knowing what to expect, but once their eye doctor guided them through the LASIK process, they were both happy with the results:
The staff at Williamson Eye Institute is so kind and comforting. They guided me through my PRK procedure flawlessly, from the consultation to the post-op. I could not have asked for a better experience! Thank you all for helping me be glasses-free!!Tamara
The mirrors in my house work for the first time.Bart
Fear #2: You’ll feel pain.
The fear of pain or discomfort during the procedure is one of the most common fears about LASIK. Many patients express a concern that because they’re conscious throughout the surgery they’ll feel pain. This worry is understandable; that’s why, to prevent discomfort during the procedure, surgeons put patients under mild sedation and give them numbing eye drops.
Some patients do experience a slight pressure for around 15 seconds while the laser and mechanism perform the procedure. Following LASIK, eye doctors will give patients eye shields to protect their eyes for the next 24 hours and while they’re sleeping in the following days. Patients also receive additional numbing eye drops to help with their recovery and any potential post-LASIK discomfort.
Janie was able to experience a pain-free LASIK procedure that’s given her more freedom in her everyday life:
Knowing what I know now after having the procedure, I am sorry I didn’t have it done sooner! After wearing glasses and contacts for 12 years, I forgot about all of the restrictions corrective lenses impose. LASIK has offered me freedom in the simple things like seeing the alarm clock in the morning, putting on my makeup, and driving with sunglasses in the sunlight.Janie
Fear #3: Your procedure will go wrong.
Nearly all patients who undergo LASIK achieve 20/20 or better eyesight after recovery. The procedure is 99% effective with only a 1% chance of serious complication. If a complication does occur, your doctor can perform an enhancement to correct the complication and improve your vision. Although rare, possible post-LASIK complications include
But along with a high success rate, LASIK comes with various benefits—like freedom from glasses or contacts and saving money in the long run—that far outweigh the risks. Susan found this out after her eye surgery:
I have had eye surgery at a big “box-pital” and at Williamson Eye Institute. Based on my experience, I prefer Williamson Eye Institute. There is no substitute for the efficiency home court advantage. From initial appointment to scheduling, registration, surgery, and follow-up, the system seems patient satisfaction-driven and well-designed at Williamson Eye Institute. Each individual appeared to have a well-defined role and responsibility, and to my delight, performed tasks with a smile, which astounded me considering the number of patients they serve on any given day. Vision problems can make us feel extremely vulnerable. All of the Williamson associates I interacted with went beyond the extra mile to reassure and instill confidence in their practitioners’ experience and expertise.Susan
Fear #4: You’ll be kept away from activities you love.
LASIK doesn’t typically require a long recovery time, so you can soon return to your everyday routine. Most patients have blurry or hazy vision immediately following surgery, but they generally see improvement within the first 24 hours. Your eye doctor will be able to walk you through what your potential recovery will look like and what you should do to ensure your procedure is as successful as possible.
Immediately following LASIK, eye doctors will advise patients to wear their eye shields during the first 24 hours following your procedure, for a few nights to prevent rubbing their eyes while they sleep, and while participating in any vigorous sports or workouts. Most patients are able to return to their regular activities within days of their eye surgery.
Courtney, Carol, Jan, and Dr. Ditto (a Lafayette, Indiana dentist) are just a few patients who are loving everyday life even more post-LASIK:
After my third child and dry contacts, I knew I wanted LASIK! Eyesight is a beautiful thing! Williamson Eye Institute was great in every way.Courtney
It is delightful to get out of bed and be able to see.Carol
I have a newfound sense of freedom. I no longer have to reach for my bifocals or glasses!Jan
My vision was increased immensely. I couldn’t tolerate playing golf with my glasses, and now I do not have to use glasses to play at all.Dr. Ditto
While LASIK can seem intimidating at first, the benefits of living with clear vision are priceless. To learn if you’re eligible for a corrective eye procedure, speak to an eye care professional. Don’t wait another day to experience the freedom of clear vision!
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