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4 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of LASIK

Find an Ophthalmologist You Can Trust

There are many self-proclaimed LASIK experts nowadays, and it’s difficult to tell who is the real deal. It’s similar to getting your car worked on. Most of the time when I talk to the mechanic, I just nod my head, pretend like I know what’s going on and prepare my wallet for a hefty hit. I’m not enough of an expert to know if the person working on my car is really an expert or just taking me for a ride.

In the field of ophthalmology, this is why we have board-certified ophthalmologists. Who is the board and does the certification really mean anything?

The board is comprised of a panel of experts from every nuance of ophthalmology who aim to make sure other doctors are up to the current standard. Achieving board-certified status is difficult like preparing for a marathon is difficult. The word doesn’t do it justice. It doesn’t take into account the preparation and sheer determination needed to complete both the intense written and oral exams. The board awards certifications to doctors who display total competency in both modern medicine and current medical treatments. You want a doctor with the board’s seal of approval. You want a doctor who is obsessed with your success.

Prioritize the Entire LASIK Process

Finding the right doctor is important because of the support they’ll provide. At Center For Sight, we always do what’s necessary to make sure LASIK is right for you so you have a successful procedure. Our board-certified ophthalmologist is going to give you the support you need before, during and following your procedure. You want to trust your doctor when they say you’re a good candidate for LASIK, and the success of your procedure is their top priority. Let’s break down the importance of thorough pre and postoperative examinations.

The preoperative examination should:

  • Determine whether or not you are a candidate for the LASIK procedure
  • Help you understand the risks and benefits of LASIK
  • Set healthy expectations based on the condition of your eyes .Give the doctor a clear understanding of your medical history, medications, any possible complications, over eye health

The post-operative examination will help you:

  • Understand when can you resume normal activities
  • Determine and set expectations for your path to recovery which varies from patient to patient
  • Discover any complications in order for your doctor to address them as quickly as possible

The procedure only takes a few minutes per eye, but it’s the work surrounding the procedure that really counts.

Embrace New LASIK Technology

Nowadays, patients enjoy a completely personalized LASIK experience. Your eyes are as unique as your fingerprint, so the technology used to treat them needs to reflect your individuality. In order to give your unique eyes a completely personalized experience, Center For Sight uses the most up-to-date technology. The Wavefront-guided technology scans and builds a 3D map of your eye and provides your doctor with ultra-precise details of your eye. In fact, the Wavefront technology is so trusted, it’s approved by NASA and every branch of the U.S. military. The complete personalization of LASIK results in a more accurate, safer procedure.

Overcome Old Myths

One of the biggest myths clouding LASIK is the notion regarding its longevity. There is a common fear that LASIK will fade over time. Put simply, LASIK does not fade. Once you’ve had the procedure, your cornea is permanently reshaped. This fabrication is rooted in a misunderstanding of how the eye ages. Even worse, this unwarranted fear keeps perfectly good LASIK candidates from going through with the procedure. The thought of buyer’s regret and wasting money on your eyes would turn any sane person away.

Furthermore, there is no truth to the fading LASIK myth. At around 40 years old, everyone begins to develop presbyopia.. The lens of your eye is naturally flexible but, as you age, the lens begins to stiffen and is unable to bend the light properly. This can make close objects seem out of focus or make it difficult to read. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process; however, LASIK is a permanent transformation of your cornea and prescription.

What Does It All Mean?

In conclusion, it means you can breathe a little easier. The unknown is frightening, and even though LASIK has been around for a few decades, there seems to be more speculation than fact surrounding it. Start by trusting yourself, doing the research and talking to a board-certified ophthalmologist. Be thorough in the pre and post-operative consultations. Find comfort in advanced technology, a personalized experience and permanent freedom to live your life the way you see fit; unrestricted by glasses or contacts.

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