Common Misconceptions about Laser Eye Surgery

28 Apr 2014

Despite huge advances in medical technology and vision care, here are still some myths and misconceptions about laser eye surgery preventing people who are dependent on corrective eyewear from exploring surgery as a treatment option.


Free Yourself from Glasses and Contact Lenses


The advantages of laser eye surgery are immense - people no longer need to find their glasses to clearly see the world, or to deal with fiddly and expensive contact lenses and their accompanying lotions and potions.


Optilase laser eye clinics offer a free consultation to allow people to discover if laser eye surgery would be suitable for them.

Misconception: My eyesight is too bad for laser eye surgery

There are limits to any technology, but when it comes to laser eye surgery; if you already wear glasses or contacts to correct your vision then chances are that laser surgery will be able to help you. The Optilase Optometrist will review your particular vision issue and be able to tell you if laser surgery is an option; the technology has advanced in leaps and bounds and benefits an increasing number of people worldwide every year.

Misconception: I can’t get laser eye surgery because I have astigmatism

This is one of the biggest misconceptions regarding laser surgery and is entirely false. Laser eye surgery can help nearsightedness, farsightedness and people who have astigmatism.

Misconception: I’m too old for laser eye surgery

Optilase perform surgery on everyone over the age of 18, and there is no upper age limit – it all depends on how stable your eyes are, and what other eye conditions you have.

Misconception: I can’t risk surgery; my job depends on my eyesight

Laser eye surgery has been approved for pilots, firefighters, and astronauts, all of which rely on their eyesight to perform their job. These professions have found that glasses can be broken and contacts lost so surgically corrected eyesight is a much safer alternative.

Misconception: The laser will hurt

The procedure is painless. Your eye is numbed with anaesthetic drops and then a computer-controlled laser is used to reshape the cornea. The procedure only takes a few minutes for each eye.


Optilase are happy to answer any questions you may have, and the free consultation with one of their experienced Optometrists will tell you if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery. If they don’t think it will benefit you, they’ll tell you- and it costs nothing to find out.


Call Optilase on +353 1 223 8821.

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