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LASIK – Not as Scary as It Sounds

Any time the word surgery is mentioned, it conjures up thoughts of an intense procedure followed by a lengthy and painful recovery time. Many people believe LASIK follows the same path, except with lasers. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at why LASIK is known to be one of the safest and most effective surgeries performed today.

FDA Approved and an Incredible Success Rate

LASIK has been FDA approved in the U.S. since 1999. Since then computer technology has only improved, such as wavefront digital analysis technology which allows doctors to map out all of the irregularities of the cornea with inhuman accuracy. Over 95% of LASIK patients end up pleased with their surgery, and many of them end up seeing with 20/20 vision or better.

Virtually Pain Free

Many fear that LASIK will be painful. It is not a procedure that you are put to sleep for after all. Rest assured, the LASIK procedure does not hurt. In fact, you will not feel much of anything, except maybe a slight pressure as the corneal “flap” is made. This is due to the numbing drops placed in your eyes before the operation. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes per eye, and some time immediately afterwards to rest and allow feeling to return to your eyes. Make sure you have a ride, because you won’t be able to drive until the day after!

The Recovery Time is Extremely Short

Another thing often associated with surgery is the months and months of aching, burning recovery. However, many people experience clear vision right after the surgery, and the for the rest it usually only takes a couple of days! As for pain, at the most you might feel some itching or discomfort. It is very important that you do not rub or itch your eyes during the weeks following the surgery, as you risk tearing the flap open. After about 3 months your eyes should be back to normal, but with amazing vision!

LASIK Lasts a Lifetime

Sometimes people somehow get it in their head that LASIK only lasts a few years. They fear that all there hard earned money will go to waste and they will have to go back to glasses and contacts. This is definitely not the case. For most people the change is permanent, and for others it may require what is called an “enhancement”.

LASIK has a long history of helping people, it may be your turn to add the next chapter. Contact Bennett and Bloom Eye Centers to find out what it takes to qualify for LASIK. We have locations all over Kentucky including Lousiville, Crestwood, Elizabethtown, and Carrollton, and one location in Jeffersonville, Indiana, so that you can find one conveniently near you.