JONATHAN SCHOFIELD, the Manchester Confidential editor, talked about his laser eye surgery with Optical Express in this frank and revelatory article. As he says now, “I wish I’d done it earlier. The results have been way beyond what I expected. It's wonderful.”

With over 20m people worldwide having undergone successful laser eye surgery the myth that you could lose your sight from the treatment is unsubstantiated.

As laser eye surgery continues to increase in popularity, here are twelve myths that continue to surround the procedure.

The fact is that while over 95% of patients are suitable for a refractive procedure, many feel inhibited by something they’ve heard often not based on experience or fact.

The Myths

Laser Eye Surgery Is Risky

Over 20m people worldwide have undergone laser eye surgery with only a minority experiencing complications. The biggest risk from laser eye surgery is infection, however the chances of infection from contact lenses is about 10 times higher. If you are in good health and have a stable prescription it is one of the safest elective surgeries available.

Laser Eye Surgery is Too Expensive

As technology and methods have improved, the costs involved for patients have come down considerably. It is worth considering the amount you spend on contact lenses and glasses, and that laser eye surgery will eradicate this continued expenditure. Clinics such as Optical Express offer financing options, including 0% interest on payments.

I Am Too Old For Laser Eye Surgery

There is no upper age limit for undergoing laser eye surgery. Many patients who are over the age of 45 feel they are just too old to have the procedure. In fact the contrary is true; around 98% of people over 45 are suitable for laser eye surgery. If laser eye surgery is not suitable for you it is worth remembering that alternative treatments are available to provide freedom from glasses and contacts.

The Treatment Isn't Permanent

The effectiveness does not wear off, contrary to what some people believe. In the vast majority the results are permanent and are intended to be permanent. If you have a very high prescription follow-up treatment may be required. This is due to eyesight levels changing naturally over time which would happen if you did or did not have the surgery.

It Could Burn Me If I Move

Laser eye technology is extremely advanced. The last thing that the equipment is designed to do is to burn the eye or cause needless discomfort. The laser itself is a cool beam laser, meaning that contact with the skin does not burn or scold. Furthermore, the laser is fitted with an eye tracker that detects movement and will pause treatment until stability returns.

The Results Are Not Instant

Many believe it takes days for the results to fully take effect. This could not be more wrong, in fact results are evident within seconds of having the surgery. For some, it may take a bit longer, however the vast majority will instantly notice the difference and be able to go on with their lives.

There Is No Aftercare / Follow-up Appointments

Aftercare is an important part of the entire treatment, and should be treated with importance. Leading clinics will offer an extensive and free aftercare programme. Patients who undergo the surgery should have a follow-up consultation at least three times in the one year following laser eye surgery.

The Recovery Time Is Long

When people think of recovering from laser eye surgery - the vision of someone walking around with bandages over their eyes comes to mind. The truth is that laser technology has increased so much over the last 20 years that results are instant. Normally no more than a day or two days are required off from work, and driving is - in the majority of cases - possible after 24 hours.

20/20 Vision Is Impossible To Achieve

The myth that accomplishing 20/20 vision is impossible is a notion that no longer exists. Life with HD vision is achievable and is within reach for more people than ever before - thanks to the medical advances in technology. 20/20 vision is, in fact, normal for a lot of people. The majority of patients can achieve better than 20/20.

Different Treatments Mean Different Service Levels

Despite common assumptions, there are no differing levels of service for treatment. Both LASIK and LASEK eye procedures use the same laser procedure and result in the same outcome - crystal clear vision. Your prescription level is the only determining factor behind which treatment you receive. Your clinical provider should explain the best options available to you at your eye consultation.

Laser Eye Surgery Could Make Me Blind

With over 20 million people worldwide having undergone successful laser eye surgery the myth that you could lose your sight from the treatment is unsubstantiated. Diagnosis and treatment is taken very seriously in the laser eye industry. With experienced and professional surgeons, and advanced technology, becoming blind from laser eye surgery is an extremely improbable consequence.

Optical Express is the UK’s number one provider of laser eye surgery, performing more procedures than any other provider. LASIK surgery starts from £595 per eye. Optical Express offer a range of treatments at two clinics in Manchester. Trafford Centre: 0800 555 8182, St. John Street: 0800 023 2020. 

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