Skip to main content

Southlake | 817-310-3989


Ft. Worth - 7th St. | 817-348-9090


Ft. Worth - Hulen | 817-346-7077

logo combinedsmall

Telemedicine Services


Urgent Eye Care Services


Order Contacts Online

Home »

eye doctor near me

11 Myths About LASIK

Over the past few decades, LASIK and the technologies used to perform this refractive eye surgery have progressed tremendously. Whether it is due to practical or aesthetic motivations, LASIK has also become much more commonplace. That being the case, it’s high time to debunk the many myths and misconceptions about LASIK that have circulated for years.

Our Ft. Worth, Texas, eye doctor responds with facts to 11 prevailing myths about LASIK:

  1. Myth: LASIK is always done with blades and with cutting

Fact: There is more than one type of LASIK procedure, and one newer type is iLASIK, also known as bladeless LASIK. In this surgery, the corneal flap that is made in order to sculpt the cornea with a laser is created entirely with a laser – it involves no cutting with blades.

Another bladeless option is LASEK. In this modern method of refractive eye surgery, no corneal flap is made. Instead, the top layer of corneal cells is treated with alcohol, detached, and lifted out of the way, exposing the corneal tissue to a laser for reshaping by your surgeon. The top layer of cells is then replaced in position and the eye heals.

  1. Myth: Everyone can have LASIK

Fact: Some people do not qualify for LASIK surgery. Certain pre-existing ocular conditions, such as thin or irregular corneas or eye disease make LASIK unsuitable. Also, health problems such as uncontrolled diabetes or an autoimmune disease may raise the chances of an unsuccessful LASIK outcome.

In general, a minority of people – about 10% or less – may be unsuitable for LASIK. However, other refractive surgery options are available, and your eye doctor can advise you regarding your candidacy for other types of procedures, such as LASEK and bladeless LASIK.

  1. Myth: LASIK can lead to blindness

Fact: No cases of blindness caused by LASIK have ever been verified. As with every surgical procedure, complications can occur – but serious complications from LASIK are very rare. Your eye doctor will review all of the possible risks with you during your preoperative consultation.

  1. Myth: LASIK hurts

Fact: This laser eye surgery is almost painless. Your eye surgeon will insert numbing eye drops before the procedure. Some patients report feeling a gritty sensation in their eyes for a few hours after the surgery, but most people experience only a bit of minor discomfort – which is relieved effectively by taking aspirin or ibuprofen.

  1. Myth: The laser used for LASIK can burn your eyeball

Fact: LASIK is performed using a “cold” excimer laser that does not burn the surface of your eyes. Also, each laser has a high-tech tracking device that follows your eye movements, ensuring high precision – so you never have to worry about the laser missing its target.

  1. Myth: LASIK isn’t around long enough to know about the long-term side effects

Fact: LASIK dates back to the early 1980s, and to date, millions of people have had the procedure. At present, no long-term side effects have been reported. LASIK has demonstrated its effectiveness as a way to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism without any long-term side effects.

  1. Myth: After LASIK, you’ll never need to wear glasses or contact lenses again

Fact: As you age, your vision changes. So even if you had LASIK, your eyes will still undergo the normal effects of aging. As a result, you may need reading glasses or prescription glasses for driving at night.

  1. Myth: It doesn’t matter who performs LASIK; the procedure is always the same

Fact: The skill of your eye surgeon is instrumental to the success of LASIK. Contrary to what many people think, LASIK is not simply performed by a computer program. Invest time researching for the best eye surgeon near you who performs LASIK. Check how long they’ve been doing the procedure, their success rate with vision correction, and their willingness to give you patient references.

  1. Myth: The safety of LASIK is still questionable

Fact: LASIK is actually regarded as one of the safest elective procedures in modern medicine. Research has shown that the long-term wearing of contact lenses is riskier than LASIK, due to the potential for eye infections. In fact, statistics say that one in every 100 people who wear contacts will get a serious eye infection, but with LASIK, only one in every 1,500 people will develop an eye infection (which is easily treated) after the procedure.

  1. Myth: LASIK destroys night vision

Fact: From dawn to dusk and on through the night hours, you’ll be able to see clearly after LASIK. Seeing halos and glare at night used to be associated with LASIK, but the newer technologies have largely done away with these visual disturbances.

  1. Myth: The recovery from LASIK is long

Fact: There is virtually no recovery period. After regular LASIK, most people are back to their normal routine within 24 hours.

Learn more about LASIK

Within about 15 minutes, LASIK surgery can give you the freedom of seeing clearly without prescription glasses or contact lenses. To learn more about this precise laser eye surgery and to find out if you are a good candidate, book an eye exam at our Ft. Worth, Texas, eye care center.

At Eyeworks, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

Want to Learn More? Read on!

Can Lasik Correct Astigmatism?

5 Facts About Scleral Lenses

Is Too Much Screen Time Dangerous For Your Kids?



Another Fort Worth First! PanOptix Trifocal Intraocular Lens in Fort Worth, TX | EYEWORKS


Dr Chu Fort Worth Panoptix Cataract Surgery PatientSeptember 4, 2019 (FORT WORTH, TEXAS) – Renowned Cataract and LASIK surgeon, Dr. Richard Chu, DO, of the Chu Eye Institute became one of the first cataract surgeons to implant the new PanOptix Trifocal Intraocular Lens (Alcon) in Fort Worth, Texas. As only a handful of select surgeons in the US, Dr. Chu is pleased to offer this groundbreaking new cataract lens replacement technology to the Fort Worth community.

Congratulations to our initial group of patients! They are loving their clear distance vision AND clear reading vision, all free of glasses! Previous premium implants often lacked proper reading vision leaving patients disappointed in the outcome. An overwhelming majority of patients who opted for PanOptix IOL have had complete satisfaction with their vision, unlike any previous premium IOL.


About Chu Eye Institute Richard Chu Panoptix Surgery Cataract

Generations of eye care professionals – The Doctors at CEI have devoted their entire professional lives to caring for the eyes of Fort Worth. As part of a multigenerational eye care family, Dr. Richard Chu, his Mother, Brother, Sister, and associates have over 100 years of combined eye care experience.

If you have cataracts, call the Chu Eye Institute today to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you qualify for PanOptix technology.

#panoptimist #generationsofeyedoctors #chueyefortworth #fortworthfirst


At Eyeworks, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

Want to Learn More? Read on!

Implantable Contact Lenses

Women’s Health and Your Vision

How to Disinfect Glasses to Help Prevent COVID-19