Over the years you have probably heard many different vision and eye surgery myths and often wondered how true they are. Below, we’ve listed some common myths we’ve heard through talking with patients.
Myth: There’s nothing you can do about preventing sight loss
Fact: More than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented when simple and relatively inexpensive safety precautions are followed. That means choosing the correct eye safety glasses for the job and wearing them 100% of the time. Regular eye exams can help save your sight. Early detection of vision problems is crucial to preventing vision loss from many eye diseases—especially diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Myth: Using the computer a lot can weaken your eyes
Fact: Similar to sitting too close to the TV, using a computer for a long period of time will certainly cause eye fatigue, but not create nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
Myth: An eye exam is only necessary if you’re having problems
Fact: Everyone should follow proper eye health care, which includes regular eye exams, whether or not you are having any noticeable signs of problems. Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout the school years. For adults, the frequency depends on your doctor’s advice and might be every two years or more often. If you have diabetes or an eye disease, you should go every year for a comprehensive eye exam.
Myth: The benefits of laser eye treatment are not permanent
Fact: The changes made by the laser are permanent. Your vision may change ever so slightly over the years as it always does because the eye is made of living tissue, but the amazing thing is that any of these minor shifts can be adjusted easily and safely with a touch-up procedure.
Myth: Cataracts can only be removed with surgery
Fact: Cataract surgery is one of the oldest surgical procedures recorded, and over the years technological advances have made it one of the safest and most frequently performed procedures worldwide.
Using femtosecond laser technology, initially used in LASIK surgery, we can offer the latest technique in performing cataract and lens replacement procedures, providing unprecedented accuracy and precision. For patients seeking the most advanced and accurate surgical procedure, laser cataract surgery is at the forefront and remains unsurpassed. This technology offers a reproducible technique to replace the less predictable and most technically demanding steps of conventional cataract surgery.