Fact: While these procedures only take a few minutes to perform and utilize lasers, they are surgical interventions with the potential for risks and complications. If there are questions regarding the risks and complications of laser eye surgery, it is recommended to consult with an eye doctor.
Fact: The large majority of people who have had laser eye surgery do not need glasses afterwards. In some cases though, visual aids such as glasses and contact lenses, or a new laser surgery, may be required. Additionally, presbyopia, the natural change of vision with age, could also require reading glasses or additional surgery to read small print.
Fact: While the technology behind these procedures is reliable, a critical component of achieving great outcomes is your visual defect, the quality of your preoperative consultation and the skill of your surgeon.
Fact: Technology will always continue to advance, but that does not mean that current devices will have a lower success rate or result in more complications than future devices. All currently approved laser devices have been clinically tested to ensure they meet high standards of safety and effectiveness. Technology has greatly advanced over the last decade and is at an unsurpassed level. Laser procedures, including SMILE, LASIK and PRK/LASEK, have demonstrated very high success rates with very low rates of complications.
Fact: Age may be a factor, but it is much more important for the eligibility of surgery whether your eyes are healthy with stable eyesight. A prescription eyesight usually does not become stable until later teenage years. For older age patients, another important consideration is presbyopia, which is the natural loss of the ability to see things up close. There are laser surgery solutions, such as Laser Blended Vision or monovision, which can compensate the effect of presbyopia. Consult with your doctor about whether you are a suitable candidate.
Fact: Almost all patients describe the procedure as painless. Drops of anesthesia completely numb the eye. During some parts of the surgery, there might be a feeling of pressure around the eye. After surgery, there may be some discomfort, but this depends on the procedure and the individual case. A procedure including surface ablation can for instance be more uncomfortable than a flap or minimally invasive laser eye surgery.