12 Myths about LASIK

That Everyone Considering Treatment Should Know

Modern laser technology can treat almost all severity levels of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Has another eyecare professional told you differently? You should research this for yourself.

LASIK is one of the safest procedures in all of medicine. Many scientific studies have repeatedly proven this and have also demonstrated the high patient satisfaction rates. With tens of millions of cases done worldwide since year 2000, there have literally been zero reports of total blindness caused from LASIK. But, similar to contact lens wear, all medical procedures do involve some degree of risk.

There is no evidence to suggest that successful LASIK has a harmful long term consequence for the health of your eyes. In fact, LASIK (and laser eye surgery in general) is one of the most prolifically studied topics in the entire field of ophthalmology. There have been over 15,000 publications in scientific journals regarding laser eye surgery dating all the way back to the 1980’s. You should definitely ask Dr. Rush about any concerns that you have about LASIK causing harm to your eyes.

In many thousands of cases, no one has ever told us that they had severe pain during the treatment. Read “Why am I Afraid of Getting LASIK?” on our LASIK FAQs page for more information.

Although healing time may vary for each individual person, most people notice almost immediate improvement with LASIK as they are walking outside the building just minutes after the procedure. In fact, many patients will have vision of 20/20 or better the very next day after surgery! Here are the appropriate expectations.

Symptoms of dryness is not that unusual in the early stages of healing from the surgery, but it is rare for them to persist. Scientific studies have even shown that patients struggling with contact lenses are more likely to suffer from dry eye disease in the long run. In some cases, LASIK may even improve dryness problems that are related to contact lens wear, but patients that already have some degree of dry eye disease prior to LASIK will be expected to have it just the same post-operatively, as the procedure can even be a stressor on the underlying condition. Identifying issues with inadequate tear film allow for us to preemptively and aggressively treat your ocular surface prior to any intervention to correct your vision. We are equipped to detect dry eye disease with our Comprehensive Ocular Health Analysis before offering LASIK as the most appropriate procedure for you.

Older procedures with blades (radial keratotomy) and first generation lasers with smaller treatment zones can cause significant glares and night vision disturbances. It is very rare to have these symptoms with newer technology.

Many people discover that LASIK is a terrific investment for not only their eyes, but also for their lifestyle. You should definitely talk to someone that has experienced this firsthand. There are many financing plans that have made it more affordable than ever. We encourage you to take the time to determine is this is the right investment for you.

The surgeon and their experience level matter – see why. Rush Eye is one of the most experienced LASIK centers in the United States. Some patients have the perception that you must go to a big city to find the latest cutting-edge technology or experienced surgeons. With just a little research about Rush Eye, you will discover that it is definitely not the case.

Learn more about your surgeons, Dr. Avery and Dr. Sloan.

Absolutely not. Just like everything in the medical field, the technology has changed dramatically over the last 20+ years since LASIK was first approved. At Rush Eye, we take many careful measurements to ensure that the specific procedure that we recommend for you is individually customized to meet your goals and optimize your outcome. Unfortunately, there are still many doctors that are not using the most advanced technology. See why our advanced technology provides superior outcomes.

This is obviously the classic “bait and switch” tactic. Read more to see how it works. We respect your time and your intelligence too much to waste your time with a misleading sales pitch. We know that you appreciate transparency with what you will be receiving and its pricing. We don’t offer what we know to be inferior treatments as an option on the table from which to choose, just to save a few dollars. Your vision is too important to you and to us for consideration of a suboptimal or outdated procedure.

Detailed evaluation with our Comprehensive Ocular Health Analysis will determine the most appropriate vision correction option that is tailored for your specific situation and vision goals. A good starting point is based upon your age:

We will treat patients as young 18 years old given that their measurements have shown stability. The Comprehensive Ocular Health Analysis will help us make this determination.

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