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Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:05 am

Seriously considering it...

...last year on my parental units' insurance, and it has a pretty generous provision for Lasik operations.





I'm just antsy about this because the truly longterm consequences thereof are still not known, y'know?

Whom here has had it done?
  • Happy with the results?
  • Would you still have done it, retrospectively?
  • What complications (no matter how minor) did you experience?



    Also, any of you types here happen to have performed the surgery? If so, what say you?

    ...any info would be truly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:08 am

    Best thing I ever did. I had it done four years ago. No problems.

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:33 am

    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.

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:34 am

    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.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:35 am

    Doesn't the FAA have their head up their butt with regards to Lasik still?

    That is why I haven't scraped together the cash to do it yet.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:38 am

    I just wear contacts...something about a guy sticking a knife in my eye doesn't appeal to me. Then again I'm only 18, in a few years that part may not be necessary.
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:43 am

    The procedure took about 10 seconds per eye. The time-consuming part was the pre-op stuff and getting positioned in the laser.

    Friendly Skies: What knife?

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:26 am

    Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 5):
    .something about a guy sticking a knife in my eye doesn't appeal to me

    ...since that however, has nothing to do with this particular form of surgery-- what then is your objection?
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:31 am

    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.
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:34 am

    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.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:01 am

    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.

    I'm thinking seriously of doing it myself now.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:04 am

    I've had lots of friends get it done. Only heard one complaint from someone who had it done in the USA, but the minor error was soon repaired.

    For me --- I'm too much of a chicken to get it done at this point, and my eyes aren't bad enough to require it yet, so I'm going to wait it out.

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:15 am

    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!


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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:59 am

    What a coincidence, I´m doing this Wednesday next week. For a long time I hesitated, but now I´m anxious to be free of contact lenses  Wink... I refuse to use glasses.

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:26 am

    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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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:43 am

    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.

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:52 am

    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!!!
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:44 am

    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?
    Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:29 am

    Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 17):
    But I recall minimum age being 23... can someone confirm?

    http://www.allaboutvision.com/lasik-surgeons/bascom-miami.htm
    Carmen.

    I hope that link can help you in some way.

    Good luck.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:15 am

    I do stand corrected on one fact..they do make a flap in the eye to get to the cornea, but with local anesthetic youu don't feel a thing.Your vision goes fuzzy and then black, but it's very brief.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:46 am

    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.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:27 pm

    Some quite interesting facts about LASIK>>>>>>> http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/health/lasik.htm
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:03 am

    Thanks for the links, I'll check them out  Smile
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:39 am

    Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 20):
    They don't use knives...

    "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..."

    from http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/health/lasik.htm

    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.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sat Jul 23, 2005 8:50 am

    Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 23):
    Cheaper procedures use a laser instead of a blade to cut the flap for the cornea.

    Thanks! I was under the impression that the procedure was all LASER nowadays.

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sat Jul 23, 2005 7:58 pm

    I had LASIK this past March and have never looked back since then. I would do it again if I had to. Other than having to wear sunglasses, whenever I drive during daytime; I have no problems.

    It was absolutely amazing, when my doctor removed the eye-patches the morning after the surgery and I could see perfectly after being stuck with glasses for the past 15 years.

    With the current (ROEX) rate of exchange, I paid $755 for my surgery, in a first class facility. Anybody out there who needs Rhinoplastic, Bat ear or LASIK surgery, come over to South Africa or contact me for details.


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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:13 am

    I had it done a year and half ago - and love it.

    Plus, here in Dallas, we have many LASIK surgeons. The top three doctors "process" about 250 patients a day combined, so they must be doing a decent job  Wink
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:30 am

    Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 26):
    Plus, here in Dallas, we have many LASIK surgeons.

    ...see, that's another thing I'm concerned with: I don't want a Dr.-XX#-per-Hour.

    If I get it done, gonna have to do some major research (and perhaps travel) as far as who's to perform the operation, is concerned.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sun Jul 24, 2005 3:45 am

    Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 26):
    The top three doctors "process" about 250 patients a day combined, so they must be doing a decent job

    That is actually frightening! No decent surgeon, even between 3 of them, should be performing this type of procedure on that many patients' in a day. Stay away C'boy.


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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:56 am

    If the thought of a laser permanently changing your eye scares you, consider getting contact lenses implanted. It's a relatively new surgery, and fairly expensive, but it is reversible and has virtually no recovery time.

    What they do is just implant a contact lens underneath your cornea. My dad had it done, he's an optometrist, and he went from -10, to about 0. He just uses glasses for reading now.
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Mon Jul 25, 2005 7:00 am

    I had it done 4 1/2 years ago, and I have never regretted it. It was $3,300 out of my own pocket because at the time I didn't have health insurance, but I don't regret one penny of it! I was very nearsighted, and could only read without corrective lenses. I wore contacts the last 10 years, and I hated them, but it was better than glasses which I wore when I was younger. My vision went up to about 20/15 and then stabilized at around 20/20. The only side effect I have is that at night lights glare a bit, but nothing irritating or blinding. Now the procedure is much more advanced and I highly recommend it! -TLG
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:46 am

    Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 17):
    I chose to wear eyeglasses they would have to be made of very thick glass

    You could have your glasses made of polycarbonate, fairly thin even for -5 diopters.

    Quoting TLG (Reply 30):
    It was $3,300 out of my own pocket because at the time I didn't have health insurance

    Does anyone have health insurance that covers mild myopia correction -3, -3.5 diopters? Just curious. My own just covers -5 and over.
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:36 am

    I also had the Lasik surgery done in Cape Town, South Africa by a German female Ophtamologist. This woman is really good. Had it done beginning 1998. I can only highly reccommend the procedure. My right eye was so bad before, that the lens looked like the bottom of a glass Coke bottle. No problem since then.  Smile
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:33 am

    I'm very interested in the procedure as well. I have about 20/400 vision when uncorrected, so I can feel very helpless without my contacts in. With what I'll be spending on those in the years to come, LASIK seems like the cheapest and best solution for the long rub.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:20 am

    -Kevin said, "I'll be getting PRK, a form of laser eye surgery with the military free of cost. "

    Out of curiousity, what military branch? I currently have a patient who having LASIK throught the Armed Forces. Why are they only allowing you PRK? Is it that you are not a candidate for LASIK?

    -What they do is just implant a contact lens underneath your cornea. My dad had it done, he's an optometrist, and he went from -10, to about 0. He just uses glasses for reading now.

    True, its a lot more expensive but its' better for the higher Rx procedures. And while it is reversible, I still put my faith in LASIK.

    -Kmh1956, I am not sure what you are saying, but if you saw YOUR vision go fuzzy, then black, then you did have it done with the knive. Trust me, I do all the Pre-Op and Post-Op.

    OK people, about the blade part of LASIK: It's an extremely precise blade called a microkeratome. But, the problem is the apparent flawed perceptions here that the surgeon will be sawing away at your eye.

    Its not. Look at Kmh1956. He's under the impression no knife was used but, in fact, it was used. (and Khm, don't take it the wrong way. But it you are saying your vision went fuzzed and out, yep, you have the microkeratome.)

    As for the new bladeless procedure, I am not sold on it yet. I've had such impressive results with LASIK that I am not pushing it yet. Surgeons are trying to sell it because its 'bladeless' and sounds better. That's it.


    As far as having surgery, I like my patients to be 22, but I'll take on a 21 year old if they are the perfect candidate.

    Having said that, realize that in the USA, the FDA age is 18, but 22 is the smart age.....The way I see it, if you can get LASIK at 18 but are still hiding liquor and doing all that underage drinking prior to 21, you lack the maturity that it is surgery and, while LASIK is great, it does have potential sides effects.

    Lastly, if you are local and are intersted in it, we'll talk about it in my office. Maybe I should look into the feasibility of an airliners.net courtesy? We'll see....

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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:01 am

    Oh, one last thing, as an aside, one thing I try to do is keep my patients informed.

    Since my first patient encounter in 1998, my observation is that no one realizes what legal blindness is. Everyone thinks they are "legally blind without their glasses." Nonsense.

    The real definition is:

    A person is considered LEGALLY blind when the best corrected visual acuity is 20/200, or the person's visual field is 20 degrees or less. Legal Definition:

    • central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with best correction


    There is one other aspect of that definition that deals with visual field(side vision).






    But for the purposes here today, in english, being legally blind means that even

    with the BEST

    eyeglasses or contact lenses in the world, you

    CANNOT see 20/200 or, the BIG

    E

    in your BETTER eye.

    So, if you understand that, it means that if you are truly LEGALLY BLIND, you are not a candidate for the surgery, period. You are a candidate for Low Vision, which is very different.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:16 am

    Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 34):
    Out of curiousity, what military branch? I currently have a patient who having LASIK throught the Armed Forces. Why are they only allowing you PRK? Is it that you are not a candidate for LASIK?

    I know personally of people in the Air Force getting this done. They do it because the ugly-ass glasses don't fit well under chem-warfare gear.. This may or may not be correct but the understanding of the whole PRK thing is it is tried and true technology where lasik is new.

    There are also some comments floating around about limited abilities of military eye cutters.
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:45 am

    This may or may not be correct but the understanding of the whole PRK thing is it is tried and true technology where lasik is new.

    IMHO, untrue. PRK, while old technology, still has its uses. It has a longer healing period (1-2 weeks following the surgery, can may be in contact lenses) and some side effects. PRK is the older technique used when LASIK is contraindicated. LASIK is now 11 years old.

    There are also some comments floating around about limited abilities of military eye cutters.
    IMHO, that is more likely and further explains why my patient, who is getting LASIK but is in the military, might be getting a different procedure. Actually, might have nothing to do with ability as much as with access to certain types of lasers. Perhaps where you are, the military doesn't have the lasers used in LASIK?


    PRK and LASIK are the same procedure in basic concept.

    PRK literally sculpts and evaporates away the outermost tissue of the eye, leaving an eye that has been, essentially, skinned like a knee. The whole front of the eye is skinned off or lasered off. So we apply a contact lens as a bandage so the cells regrow in a few days. Get it? A skinned knee with a bandage.

    With LASIK, we are NOT skinning the knee, but, effectively, we are making a cut, tangential to the surface of the knee(what we call the flap), lay back the kneecap, so to speak, evaporate the tissue and put the kneecap back. So the eye has been sculpted but without a skinned knee.

    Make any sense?

    PRK patients get good results...... in days to weeks.

    93% of my LASIK patients are ....20/20 less than 24 hours later. 99% drive to my office the next day.

    As an aside,
    I got my first post-surgical hug from a patient the other day. She had surgery on my birthday (we did 4 on my birthday) and is getting married this week.

    20/20 is just a number. The hug, the joy and smile on her face were the best result we could have asked for!
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:09 am

    Had it done a couple of years ago, and went from 20/couple of hundred in each eye to 20/15. I too am over 40 so I am sure I will need reading glasses in the future. However having worn glasses since the age of 4 I am elated with the results.

    Had it done in the morning, came home took a nap was awaken by the telephone ringing. Reached for my glasses (old habit), then opened my eyes and could see everything around me!

    I have turned into a big proponent of LASIK, and highly recommend it. My only advice is be careful where you have it done, often in this case cheaper is not necessarily better. The reverse can sometimes be true as well!
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:37 am

    I had it done 2.5 years ago and other than the decision to marry my wife, it is quite literally the best decision I've ever made. Period.

    I was extremely nearsighted (-9.5, -9.0 diopters respectively!!) and had worn contacts for years. I began having vision problems in 5th grade in fact.

    Fortunately, I have very thick corneas, so I stayed eligible to get it done. I now have 20/15 in one and 20/20 with one miss in the other.

    No sensitivity to light or halos either. On that note, it is my understanding from my doctor and the research I did prior to the procedure, that if you don't have halos now, you won't in all likelihood get them. In my case, because my ablation zone was so large, due to my prescription, the "burn" zone went outside my normal pupil range so I was fine.

    Just a truly miraculous operation--I strongly recommend it, but do your research first, be methodical, get local recommendations, etc.

    Good luck!!
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:55 am

    I'm interested in having the procedure performed. Now, speaking generally, would you people recommend a large clinic or an individual surgeon? And in the latter case, a doctor who owns or rents the equipment? Pros and cons anyone? Thanks.
     
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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:59 am

    would you people recommend a large clinic or an individual surgeon? And in the latter case, a doctor who owns or rents the equipment? Pros and cons anyone? Thanks.


    tough question!


    I use both scenarios and both are fine.
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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:07 am

    A nurse I work with just had this procedure done a few weeks ago.

    Interestingly enough, the doctor persuaded her to just have one eye done otherwise she would have had to use reading glasses anyway (she is in her 50's).

    I have heard of using bifocal contacts, but never thought about NOT doing both eyes to get that effect.

    I didn't ask what her initial uncorrected vision was, but is it possible to do this if you have really awful vision in both eyes?
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:24 am

    Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 34):
    ts not. Look at Kmh1956. He's under the impression no knife was used but, in fact, it was used. (and Khm, don't take it the wrong way. But it you are saying your vision went fuzzed and out, yep, you have the microkeratome.)

    You're absolutely right...i was so excited about the incredibly shorttime it took for the actual laser portion of the surgery (and the incredible results) that i forgot about the Doctor making the flap in the cornea.
    (I did actually correct myself in a later post; I guess you didn't see it.)

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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:46 am

    Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 43):
    BTW, I'm a she!!!

     laughing  Happens to me all the time...

    And Mirrodie, thanks for the info! After having read all these positive experiences, I'm doing further research about the procedure in my country. Hopefully I'll be able to tell you about my own experience in the near future.

    Saludos
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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:41 am

    kmh, no worries, I saw your correction  Smile ,... ma'am... Wink

    saludos Carmenlu. When the time and eyes are right, its wonderful Big grin



    Incidentally, the woman who gave me my first post-surgery hug, was just in my office 15 minutes ago. Doing great, just got off her honeymoon and loving life.

    cheers,

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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:35 pm

    Too scared. I'm minus 2.75 in my left eye, and minus 2.25 in the right. It's been (slowly) increasing since I'm 18, brought on my computer use and years of reading for university, or so my optician says. At any rate, unless I go into the severe myopia range, I'm staying away from it; being already profoundly deaf without my hearing aids ... I don't want my eyesight to go as well.

    And anyhoo, people always think it's worse than it actually is; after having a panic attack because I could not read the last few lines on the eye chart, my optician tells me I don't have a bad prescription and it's actually mild. It just *seems* a lot worse at times.

    Strange thing is that on a sunny clear day, when I go outside without my glasses, I swear I can see things a *lot* more clearly than when it's not so bright. As in street signs, car numberplates and stuff. Weird.
     
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    RE: Lasik Surgery: Anyone Had It, Opinions?

    Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:05 pm

    Anyone has had the new wavefront guided Lasik procedure? The one that maps your cornea and only takes the tissue that is strictly needed. I think a larger clinic is more likely to have the equipment/experience to perform this procedure. Anyone has info or experience on this?
     
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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:40 pm

    Can astigmatism be corrected with this kind of surgery ?
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    Sat Jul 30, 2005 7:51 am

    Quoting Stall (Reply 48):
    Can astigmatism be corrected with this kind of surgery ?

    Yes. I have an astigmatic friend that had the operation. In her particular case she experimented slightly dry eyes, don't know if the problem persists to this day. Astigmatism is a refrective disorder a bit more complicated to correct than myopia. Heck, astigmatism is even more difficult to explain. Maybe more tissue is removed to shape an astigmatic cornea? I guess that's where wavefront-guided lasik might add value. Anybody has info on that one?

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