Don’t Be Afraid — LASIK Fears Are Unfounded

LASIK vision correction has become commonplace in American society. Around 700,000 LASIK surgeries will be done in 2019. You probably know at least a few people who have had the procedure. LASIK actually is an acronym for laser in-situ keratomileusis, which sounds far scarier. Maybe that’s why the procedure is always referred to simply as LASIK.

As with any surgical procedure (even though this one takes only a few seconds!), people can become anxious about it. Some people come to us at Central Valley Eye Medical Group with total misperceptions about the LASIK procedure. Sometimes the bad information comes from a friend or relative, or from an urban legend, or sometimes it is simply the result of the patient thinking too much about the procedure.

Let’s take three of the fears we hear most often about LASIK at Central Valley and we’ll address each of them.

Fear of going blind

Lasers and eyes — they don’t seem to go together. Most people perceive laser technology as dangerous and frightening due to the portrayal of lasers in movies. The reality of lasers used in eye surgery is nothing like the zapping lasers of Star Wars. In fact, the risk of going blind after having laser eye surgery is 1 in 5 million!

Fear of being awake during the procedure

Numbing eye drops and a mild sedative will be administered before surgery; these will help you relax and feel as little discomfort as possible. Some patients are also afraid that they can’t control the urge to blink during surgery. This shouldn’t be a cause for concern because a specially designed instrument will keep your eyes open during the procedure. Plus, the laser system is designed to shut off in case you blink.

Fear of complications

As with all types of surgery, laser eye surgery has its own risks and complications such as infection, double vision, night vision difficulties, and presence of glares or halos. However, choosing a highly experienced and reputable team of LASIK surgeons, such as the team we have at Central Valley Eye Medical Group, reduces such risks exponentially. Plus, we offer blade-free LASIK procedures with our IntraLase Method for corneal flap creation without the use of the microkeratome blade, for even more safety.

During your pre-surgery consultation, discuss your fears about the procedure and we’ll walk you through the reality. As leading provider of successful long-term vision improvement with LASIK, we look forward to helping you at Central Valley Eye Medical Group. Call us for a LASIK consultation, (800) 244-9907.

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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. During these uncertain times, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. We are following CDC and American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines, including extra diligent cleaning, and disinfecting around the office. Our waiting rooms have been reconfigured to allow more distance between chairs, and we are turning away all non-urgent patients who are symptomatic with cough or fever.

In keeping with government and institutional guidelines, as well as to promote the practice of "staying at home," we are implementing new restrictions. Starting March 20th, we will be limiting our clinic only to patients with eye conditions that could permanently threaten vision if not addressed within two months. This means that many appointments will need to be rescheduled. Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days, as patient volumes are expected to decrease significantly. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

The clinic is also establishing a telemedicine service to address eye problems that are less urgent, which can be managed over the phone by a physician.

The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

Brandy Simpson
Practice Manager
Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.

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