Top 10 Lasic Myths

Dilek Uzer, MD. Lasik Eye Surgery Istanbul

Myth: The best indication of a surgeon’s ability is the number of procedures he or she has performed.

Fact: While the number of procedures performed by a surgeon can be a good indication of his or her level of experience, surgeons should not be judged solely on the number of procedures they have completed. Anyone considering the procedure should do their homework before selecting a surgeon. Potential patients should first consult their own eye doctor to determine if they are a candidate and for recommendations on surgeons. You should also consult your family and friends who have had LASIK to ask them about their experiences with surgeons.

There are many experienced eye clinics in Istanbul. Our eye surgeons are very experienced and high quality with the LASIK SURGERY.

Myth: There is only one type of laser used to treat all patients.

Fact: Actually, there are a variety of lasers that can be used to treat a patient’s eyes. After a proper screening and confirmation of the condition that needs to be corrected, a surgeon can identify the most appropriate laser needed to treat your condition. Surgeons who have access to a wider variety of lasers, ensure that their patients are treated with the laser best suited for their condition.

Myth: Because the outcomes are all the same, the cheapest surgery is no different than the most expensive one.

Fact: The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” also applies to laser vision correction. Patients should remember that they only have one set of eyes and it’s probably not a good place to compromise. Patients should be cautious of discount centers that may not be as focused on patient screening and care. Consumers should make sure they are comparing equivalent care and experience when doing their research. Often the more expensive procedures include added benefits that discounters do not offer. These added benefits can include lifetime commitments and follow-up care with your personal eye doctor.

Myth: Laser vision correction is so new that no one really knows if there are any long-term side effects.

Fact: Although laser vision correction became widely available in the United States in the mid-1990s, the technology was first developed in the early 1980s. The first patient was treated in the United States in 1987. To date, no long-term ill effects of the procedure are known. It has been over twenty years.

Myth: Anyone who wants to have LASIK is a candidate.

Fact: Not everyone is an appropriate candidate for LASIK. In fact, potential patients evaluated by many reputable providers are routinely rejected as candidates for the surgery. The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to undergo a thorough screening by your eye doctor. LASIK can treat patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Appropriate candidates must be at least 18 years old, in good health and have healthy eyes free of diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. Appropriate screening is the first, and one of the most important stops in preventing complications. Often complications result when surgeons operate on patients who are not appropriate candidates.

Myth: LASIK is not real surgery

Fact: LASIK is surgery and should be treated as such. With proper care, it is not a dangerous or risky procedure. There are risks associated with LASIK, as there are with any procedure. However, several clinical studies have identified the chance of serious vision-reducing complications as being extremely low.

Myth: Complications and side effects, such as night glare and dry eyes, should be expected after having laser vision correction.

Fact: As with any other surgery, there are risks associated with laser vision correction. Clinical studies of laser vision correction have documented the risk of having a serious vision-reducing complication as being extremely low. Many complications can be treated if diagnosed and treated at the early stages.

Moderate glare and dry eyes are common side effects immediately following the procedure, but typically last just three to six months. Proper testing before the procedure can identify patients who are at a high risk for long-term risk for long-term complications.

Myth: LASIK is still being developed, and new technologies are being introduced every year. Patients might be best served waiting until doctors find the best one.

Fact: The current LASIK technologies provide better outcomes than ever before. Many LASIK surgeons themselves have had laser vision correction performed on their own eyes. New technologies introduced in the future may make LASIK available to a wider group of potential patients whose vision cannot currently be corrected.

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Dilek Uzer, MD. Lasik Eye Surgery Istanbul

Dilek Uzer, MD.

Ophthalmologist. Professional fields of Interests:

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Keratoconus