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COMMON MYTHS

Myth: the laser burns your eye

The idea of the laser being hot during surgery is probably one of the greatest myths. If you are unfamiliar with the laser eye surgery procedure, you might assume that the laser is hot, but this isn’t actually the case. The laser is cold during surgery and so there is no chance of it burning your eye; it simply does the job of correcting your sight.

Myth: you can’t have it over a certain age

While it is true that some age-related eye conditions (such as cataracts) mean that laser eye surgery is not an option for some older patients, age doesn’t automatically disqualify you from the procedure. As long as you are over the age of 18 and meet the requirements for Lasik or Lasek eye surgery, it doesn’t really matter whether you are 22 or 82. If your AVC surgeon is worried that your age or age-related condition might have an impact on your surgery, they’ll make sure you know what your alternative options are.

Myth: having the surgery hurts

Understandably, many people couple the idea of surgery with pain in their minds. However, while you might experience some discomfort from laser eye surgery, it shouldn’t cause you any significant pain. As long as you follow the advice of your AVC surgeon (such as being careful with your eyes for a month or so after the procedure and avoiding activities such as swimming), you should recover from the surgery very quickly.

Myth: if you sneeze, it will ruin the surgery

As long as you have a well-skilled doctor taking care of your laser eye surgery, eye movements caused by sneezing or involuntary movement should not affect the outcome of your procedure. This myth is one that tends to crop up in the media from time to time, but the development of eye tracking technology means that it’s not something you need to worry about.

Myth: the surgery isn’t permanent

This isn’t true, either. While it is true that your vision will naturally change over time following laser eye surgery (as it would have done anyway), the changes made by the laser are permanent.