Common Myths and Misconceptions About Refractive Surgery Debunked
Common Myths and Misconceptions About Refractive Surgery Debunked

Refractive surgery, also known as laser eye surgery, has gained popularity as a reliable method to
correct vision and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, despite its proven success,
there are still common myths and misconceptions surrounding refractive surgery that may cause
potential candidates to have concerns or hesitations. In this blog, we will debunk some of the most
common myths and misconceptions about refractive surgery to help you make an informed decision.


Myth 1: Refractive surgery is painful

One of the most widespread myths about refractive surgery is that it is a painful procedure. However,
this is not entirely true. Most refractive surgery procedures, such as LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ
Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), are typically painless or involve only mild
discomfort. Local anesthesia eye drops are used to numb the eye during the procedure, and any
discomfort experienced is usually short-lived and manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.
After the surgery, some patients may experience mild dryness or grittiness in their eyes, which can be
alleviated with lubricating eye drops.


Myth 2: Refractive surgery is not safe

Safety is a valid concern for any surgical procedure, and there is a misconception that refractive surgery
is not safe. However, refractive surgery has been performed for several decades and has a proven track
record of safety and efficacy. Like any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with refractive
surgery, but the overall risk of complications is low, and serious complications are rare. Advances in
technology and surgical techniques have made refractive surgery safer than ever, and the vast majority
of patients achieve excellent results with minimal complications. It is important to consult with a
qualified and experienced eye surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for refractive surgery
and to discuss any potential risks or concerns.


Myth 3: Refractive surgery is only for nearsightedness

Another common misconception about refractive surgery is that it is only suitable for correcting
nearsightedness (myopia). In reality, refractive surgery can effectively correct other common vision
problems, such as farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related difficulty in
focusing on close objects). Depending on your eye prescription and other factors, different types of
refractive surgery may be recommended. For example, LASIK is commonly used to correct
nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, while PRK may be preferred for patients with thinner
corneas or other contraindications. Your eye surgeon will evaluate your individual eye health and vision
needs to determine the most suitable treatment option for you.


Myth 4: Refractive surgery is expensive

Cost is often a concern for people considering refractive surgery, and there is a common misconception
that it is prohibitively expensive. While refractive surgery can be a significant investment, it is important
to consider the long-term cost savings compared to the ongoing expenses of glasses or contact lenses.
Over time, the costs of prescription eyewear, eye exams, and lens replacements can add up, making
refractive surgery a cost-effective option for many people. Additionally, many refractive surgery clinics
offer financing options or payment plans to make the procedure more affordable for patients. It is
important to thoroughly research the costs associated with refractive surgery and to discuss payment
options with your eye surgeon.


Myth 5: Refractive surgery results are not permanent

One common myth surrounding refractive surgery is that the results are not permanent, and vision may
regress over time. However, this is not entirely true. In reality, refractive surgery results are typically
permanent, and the notion that vision may regress over time is a myth. However, it is important to
understand that individual factors and proper post-operative care play a crucial role in the success and
stability of the results.


It is always better to consult a specialist before going for any treatment. Visit Rohit Eye Hospital to clear
all your queries about Refractive Surgeries and to know all about its benefits.

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