5 Things Scarier Than Your LASIK Fears

by Lance Kugler, MD

LASIK fears? The fear of the unknown is natural, and we completely understand that some people may have LASIK fears or anxieties. The thought of your eyes being touched may send a shiver up your spine, but rest assured, LASIK is safe and effective, and not scary! We are so confident about this fact known to those who have already had the vision correction procedure that we have made a short list of five things way scarier than getting LASIK vision correction. Read on! If… you… dare.

LASIK fears5. Stubbing Your Pinky Toe
We’ve all been there. Banging your pinky toe against the leg of the coffee table or the bedpost. It sends you into a crippling, full-body throb. The aftershock of pain is subtle but consistent and can be felt throughout your toe with a hot sensation. Ouch! The totally annoying and nagging pain after a really firm toe-stubbing (is that a word? Totally is now) earns its spot as no. 5 in the five things way scarier than getting LASIK list.

4. Having a Hangnail
Unsightly AND painful. Yup, hangnails are the total package of awfulness. There it is, just hanging off to the side of your finger or toe, flapping in the breeze as if it’s trying to give you a friendly wave. But then sending bursts of pain zipping through your finger when you try to remove it. EVERYBODY hates having a hangnail. That’s why hangnails earn their spot as the #4 thing much scarier than getting LASIK.

3. Biting Your Cheek While Eating
Picture yourself sitting at the table, enjoying your favorite meal. Om nom nom. Each bite better than the last, you’re truly living your best life. Until it happens. CHOMP. That’s right my friend. You realize with sudden rage that you have bitten the inside of your cheek as you chewed. How could your favorite dish betray you like this!? And then… you’re doomed to be messing with the resulting sore in your cheek for the rest of the day. Yes, biting your cheek while eating is roughly 10 million times more scary than getting LASIK.

2. A Charlie Horse 

There you are… just going about your day. You’re walking around, thinking nothing of it until BAM. A charlie horse hits. Might as well call it a day. Right? The painful muscle spasm has locked your calf in a tight ball of fiery ouch. As you sit there, trying in vain to massage out the charlie horse and reflecting on the many choices that may have led you to this excruciating moment (Did I drink enough water today? Should I have stretched before taking the stairs at the office?) it becomes clear…. Enduring a charlie horse is much much scarier than LASIK.

1. Burning Yourself as You Cook Dinner
Accidentally touching a hot pan or stovetop turns making dinner into making a screeching run for the icebox. Think about it. When you accidentally reach out and touch a pan that has been basking in the warm glow of a 425-degree oven… the resulting zing of pain feels in that moment akin to touching the surface of the sun. Youch! The sharp initial sting of burning yourself while cooking is bad enough, but the ouch-filled burning sensations afterward can last for days. With all these factors combined, it’s easy to see why burning yourself as you cook dinner is at the top of our list of five things scarier than LASIK.

Why LASIK Is Nothing to Fear

Having LASIK fears and anxiety when making a life-changing decision is pretty common. Don’t worry, you’re normal! We understand. In fact, at Kugler Vision in Omaha, our team members understand better than most. That’s because every one of our team members at Kugler Vision who is eligible has had laser vision correction. So not only can we completely empathize with and understand your feelings as you make the choice to transform your life for the better with LASIK, we have BEEN THERE ourselves.

LASIK is one of the most common elective procedures in the entire world. That’s right! LASIK has been approved in the United States for over 25 years. And over 25 million people have had LASIK worldwide. Incredible! Especially when you factor in that LASIK has a patient satisfaction rate of over 98%. That’s an astronomical amount of happy people out there seeing without glasses and contacts as a result of LASIK. So, if you’re considering having LASIK too, you’re in good (and super happy!) company.

If you are feeling anxious about your upcoming LASIK vision correction, please don’t hesitate to talk to our caring staff. We’re here for you, and we want to ensure you feel calm, comfortable, and confident leading into your LASIK procedure day. Our experts will happily talk you through each step of the way and be there to support you.

Still have LASIK fears? Remember, getting LASIK is virtually painless (your eyes are completely numbed during LASIK!) and the procedure goes quickly. You’re in and out of the procedure room in about 10 minutes, and the actual laser time is mere seconds. Most people are back to school or work the very next day. 

The Lifetime Benefits of LASIK


Having LASIK improves quality of life immensely. No more money down the drain on contacts and glasses. Having LASIK ends that cycle of spending on ways to “rent your vision,” instead delivering crisp, clear vision without the hassles of glasses and contacts. In fact, the average glasses-and-contacts wearer stands to save tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetime by investing in the onetime cost of LASIK. Don’t believe us? We don’t blame you. The numbers sound fantastical. You can test the numbers out yourself with our online LASIK calculator, which allows you to find the total you personally stand to save by investing in LASIK.

LASIK is safer for your eyes than contacts. The risk of an eye infection is significantly less with LASIK than with continued reliance on contact lenses. Contact lenses are infamous for complications, especially when strict contact lens hygiene rules are not followed to the letter. Contact lenses also tend to worsen allergy symptoms for wearers who have seasonal allergies, since the lenses tend to trap allergens like pollen and dust near the eye’s surface. This prolongs allergen exposure and magnifies eye-related allergy symptoms. We have never heard from someone who overcame their LASIK fears and changed their life with vision correction who has said they missed their contacts.

Last but not least, continued contact lens use is associated with a common, potentially serious condition called contact lens intolerance (CLI). CLI is essentially the body rejecting the presence of the contact lens on the eye as a foreign body. CLI is serious, and as long as contacts are used, worsens over time. CLI is associated with burning, stinging, painful sensations in the eye when wearing contact lenses. For more information on the telltale symptoms of contact lens intolerance, take our CLI self-test at the button below. 

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What Are You Waiting For? Enjoy Your Best Vision Now!

Now that you know that:

Don’t let anything hold you back from the crisp, clear vision you deserve. Our internationally acclaimed LASIK experts are here to help you achieve your best vision possible. Schedule your EyeAnalysisTM LASIK consultation online now, or call us at 402-558-2211. See you soon!

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Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an associate professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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