Six Misconceptions about LASIK

Six Misconceptions about LASIK
Posted on 02/01/2017

feb2017BlogDespite the many benefits of LASIK, over the years some fear-based misconceptions have emerged. Never fear; the skilled ophthalmologists at Howerton Eye Clinic of Austin and Kyle, TX are not only here to fix your vision, but address your LASIK hesitancies as well.

Below are some debunked LASIK myths that will hopefully encourage you to get the treatment you need and see LASIK in a more favorable light.

Common Misconceptions about LASIK

  1. LASIK is too expensive
  2. Considering the cost of a decade’s worth of eyeglasses and contact lenses, LASIK costs are very comparable. Additionally, at Howerton Eye Clinic in Austin and Kyle, TX we offer  financing through CareCredit.

  3. LASIK is a painful and long procedure
  4. LASIK is a practically painless procedure. At Howerton Eye Clinic, we do not use any needles. Our ophthalmologists use anesthetic eye drops to keep our patients eyes comfortable. In rare cases, patients’ eyes may feel scratchy or “sandy” afterward, but this uncommon side effect won't last more than a few hours.  Although the entire LASIK process (including prep time) is roughly 60 to 90 minutes, the actual LASIK procedure lasts only 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. LASIK is risky
  6. LASIK is a very safe procedure that utilizes the most advanced tools and technologies. According to research and clinical studies, the risk of actually reducing your vision due to a LASIK complication is less than 1%. In addition, LASIK only affects the front surface of the eye, so serious complications are very rare. If you are unsatisfied with your LASIK results, there are still many different treatments available to improve your vision.

  7. Recovery is lengthy
  8. The recovery time for LASIK is very brief. In fact, at Howerton Eye Clinic, we aim to schedule most LASIK procedures on Fridays so patients can fully recover over the weekend. Most LASIK patients are able to resume day-to-day activities within two days of their procedure.

  9. LASIK is not permanent
  10. Once a patient's cornea shape has been modified, the change is permanent!  But, regardless of whether or not you’ve had LASIK treatment, all eyes change as they age. Fortunately, according to studies, this change will be very minimal.

  11. You can be too old for LASIK
  12. LASIK is available for anyone at any age!

A Clearer Tomorrow

Our team of ophthalmologists loves to provide patients with a clearer tomorrow. We care about your eyesight and would be glad to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about LASIK. If you struggle with your eyesight, please contact us and schedule a consult at our Austin, TX office today!

Howerton Eye Clinic, PLLC

  • South Central Austin Office - 2610 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 443-9715
  • Southwest Austin Office - 5625 Eiger Rd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78735 Phone: (512) 872-6059
  • Kyle Office - 5401 FM 1626, Suite 365, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 872-6064
Fax: (512) 443-9845

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