Wukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1713 times:
Also had it done 4 years ago... I went from roughly 20/280 with astigmatism in one eye and 20/300 in the other to 20/15 in both.
Cost me $3000 out of pocket, and was still the best thing that I've ever spent my money on.
The only downside is that aparently I'm in some 2% of the population that has "highly vascularized corneas", so after the surgery, what was supposed to feel like a "mild discomfort, like dry, sandy eyes" (whatever that means), I felt the pain of hot battery acid continuously applied to my eyeballs for about 36 hours.
The opthomologist said that the incredible increase in vision from the surgery was quite possibly due to faster and more thorough healing, though, so I guess the pain may have been worth it. I really could have used a couple Vicodin or something, though, which I didn't get.
All told, no regrets at all.
Or, in eBay terms:
A++++++++++++++++++!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!11 WOULD DO AGAIN!!!!
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1710 times:
I talked to my eye Dr. about it about two months ago.. he said things there have gotten better with practice.. he garanteed that my distance vision would be 20/20 or better until they planted/cremated me. Only problem.. with a few years to 40, I'll need reading glasses for short distance vision no matter what. I'm interested, but the place I'd have to go to (because of personal issues(fear of eye surgery)) will cost $2K/eye WITH insurance!!! So until I hit the lottery, Bifocals for me it will be.
Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1665 times:
Got mine 5 years ago, no real issues. A little discomfort on day one, but after that, no problem. Just keep up with the drops the first couple of weeks.
The only side effect I've noticed is sensitivity to light. Especially flat light. That's the light I call that occurs in the early morning, early evening and sometimes through the clouds. Hard to explain but good sunglasses deal with that and I never go anywhere without my sunglasses, even in the rain.
Now a buddy of mine that got it done around the same time stupidly went out and mowed his lawn the next day. After dealing with the bilateral eye infections, he is quite happy with the results.
Sidewinder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1660 times:
I had it done a couple of years ago. A few minor side affects that disappeared in a couple of months. Went from 20/400 to 20/15 and stabilized at about 20/25. Some people have to get tweaked after about a year.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1642 times:
I have always been hesitant to monkey with the limited vision I have now, correctable to 20/20 from legal blindness, but my uncle and several other family and friends have done it and see perfectly now.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1633 times:
Remember that any surgery has potential complications (LASIK sometimes leaves a person with foggy vision) and limitations (astigmatisms can't always be corrected.) Also LASIK does not help with the loss of flexibility that occurs with age (presbyopia) so you'll probably still need "reading glasses" at one time or another.
That said, if I had the money to do it, I would have LASIK done because I am getting sick and tired of my glasses sliding down my nose, getting dirty, and having to buy new ones every year!
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
Im not too sure what the FAA thinks of it (mostly negative vibes, from what I gather), but if its ok with them and won't impact my flying career, then I am prepared to have it done after I graduate college...my optometrist won't let me do it any earlier as he fears all the reading that is done in college will alter my vision and thus negate the effects of it...
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GOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1609 times:
I'll be getting PRK, a form of laser eye surgery with the military free of cost. The downsize is being on the waiting list for over a year since I do not have priority but I can deal waiting 1-2 years wearing my contacts. As for glasses, never will be sticking with them anymore. I'm done.
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
I had it done last August....my vision is now 20/20, but as I'm over 40 I need reading glasses (minor inconvenience!).16 seconds for the left eye, 18 for the right...NO KNIVES...just a laser beam. I was in the surgery for about 15 minutes total, then spent about an hour afterwards drinking coffee in a massaging recliner with a blanket over me.
I had no problems whatsoever, would do it again in a nanosecond!!!
My daughter watched the whole thing from an overhead screen in the waiitng area, and now she wants to have it done for her 21st birthday.
Because the cornea is still changing shape until about the age of 21, responsible practitioners will not perform the surgery until then. If they say they'll do it any younger, think twice!!!
Highly recommend Bochner Eye Institute in Toronto.
'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4756 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1589 times:
I'm also thinking about the surgery... I got eye infections twice this year due to contacts. And according to the doc, if I chose to wear eyeglasses they would have to be made of very thick glass (nooo thanks). But I recall minimum age being 23... can someone confirm?
What do I know, I'm just an 'immature troublemaker with only a passing interest in aviation' (or so they say)
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1559 times:
Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 5): something about a guy sticking a knife in my eye doesn't appeal to me
They don't use knives...
Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 4): Doesn't the FAA have their head up their butt with regards to Lasik still?
From AOPA (emphasis mine):
The FAA allows all FDA-approved refractive procedures. The most commonly performed procedure is LASIK. The recovery time after having LASIK can be anywhere from a few weeks to several months, but most patients report improvement in visual acuity and stabilization of side effects within about a week. You shouldn't fly after the procedure until your vision has stabilized and acuity meets the standards for the class of medical you hold.
A status report or eye evaluation (FAA Form 8500-7) should be completed by your eye care specialist and presented to the aviation medical examiner at the time of your next scheduled FAA medical examination. This report must verify complete healing, stabilization of visual acuity, and lack of significant residual effects that often accompany these types of surgical procedures, including night glare, vision haziness, or eye discomfort. Complete healing is usually accomplished in four to six weeks, but up to twelve months may be necessary in some cases. At the time of your next scheduled medical application, your aviation medical examiner may issue the certificate if you are found to be otherwise qualified.
"The Surgical Procedure: A special device cuts a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue off the outer layer of the eyeball (cornea) and the flap is lifted out of the way. The laser reshapes the underlying corneal tissue, and the surgeon replaces the flap, which..."
What do you think the "special device" is? I went to a university hospital seminar on this as I was considering getting it done. It is an extremely sharp blade that cuts the cornea so the laser can work on the surface under the flap. If they're really good, they'll use a new blade for each eye in case the first one causes an infection later, the other eye may not get the same infection. Cheaper procedures use a laser instead of a blade to cut the flap for the cornea.