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“The Laser Will Burn My Eyes” and Other LASIK Myths

Woman SmilingHere at Minnesota Eye Consultants, we value our patients and want them to feel safe and comfortable while in our care. That’s why we like to periodically take some time to bust common LASIK myths. We find that the more a patient knows about what happens during the procedure, how it works, and what happens during recovery, the more comfortable they are undergoing a procedure that could improve their lives.

Without further ado, here are 3 LASIK myths that we hear often that simply aren’t true.

  • “The laser can burn your eyes.”

While we understand why one might think this, it actually isn’t true. The laser used during LASIK (the excimer laser) emits a “cool” beam of concentrated light. This concentrated beam of light does not burn or cut the eye, at least not technically. The laser actually breaks apart molecules of collagen, which makes up most of your eye. The collagen molecules, when split, release carbon into the air. This carbon can smell like burning flesh, which is why people often think that their eyes are being burned. While you may notice the smell during treatment, rest assured that there is no heat involved!

  • “LASIK recovery is lengthy.”

It’s actually incredibly short! LASIK surgery is one of the simplest surgeries to recover from. You will use a few eye drop prescriptions during the first week or so to ensure healing goes smoothly. You will have to avoid certain activities for a bit, such as swimming and vigorous exercise. However, you are free to go about your daily activities as soon as the next day after surgery! That’s right, many people are able to go back to work the very next day. If you were picturing yourself bedridden for days on end, think again!

  • “You can get rid of your glasses and contact lenses after LASIK.”

On the other side of the coin, it is not hard for people to have unrealistic expectations. While the majority of patients are able to live their lives without glasses and contact lenses after LASIK, some simply aren’t. This has a lot to do with how bad your eyes are before surgery. Your vision will be improved after LASIK surgery, but you may still need glasses or contacts for certain activities like driving. The goal of LASIK surgery is to decrease dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Be sure to ask your LASIK surgeon what you should be expecting from your post-LASIK vision!

Are there some LASIK myths you’ve heard that are keeping you from booking your consultation? If you want to know what you can expect before, during, and after your LASIK surgery, contact Minnesota Eye today! Our LASIK experts are here to walk you through every step of the way and help you achieve your vision goals. To schedule your LASIK consultation, call Minnesota Eye Consultants in Minneapolis or schedule your appointment online!