sleekjet
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I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:05 pm

Ten days ago, I had Lasik done on both eyes. One eye was sharpened for distance vision, the other for close-up vision. I was told to expect fluctuations in visual acuity for two months.

I'm happy to report that all is well. Went for my 3rd post-op appointment today and vision is 20/20 in both eyes. Previously, the numbers were 20/100.

I was a little concerned during the first couple of days after the surgery. Distance vision was sharp, but upclose was a struggle. But it has steadily improved...day by day, as the corneas continue to heal.

The procedure itself is not painful. The eyes are deadened, of course, and then bathed in solution for the actual surgery. It is a two-part deal; first, a corneal flap is cut, then a laser makes the necessary correction. You can hear the pop-pop as it fires away.

Naturally, I was a bit apprehensive going in. Now that it's over and I'm seeing great, I can heartily recommend it.

If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
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gusnyc
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:08 pm

I would like to do it too, but I am kind of scared.

Where did you do it? How much did it cost?

Gus
 
sleekjet
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:12 pm

Done by Dr. William Boothe in the Dallas area. I picked him largely because of his experience...he's done 63,000 of these procedures.

Cost was $3390.
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DLKAPA
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:16 pm

I have 20/10 uncorrected  Silly
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:27 pm

Quoting Sleekjet (Thread starter):
I've Had The Lasik

The Lasik? That like the AIDS?
 
TLG
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:44 pm

I had it done 5 years ago. It cost $3,300 but it was well worth it. My vision was a bit fuzzy for the first couple days but it cleared up very well. At my checkup after the first week my vision was 20/15!
 
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:04 pm

I've been thinking about doing it sometime as well..

How long was the surgery and how is the anestisia applied?

Quoting Sleekjet (Thread starter):
The procedure itself is not painful.

At all? Or do you feel a little bit?

I have a hard time even with needles... just don't like them. And they do hurt! (most of the time)

Thanks for any help!

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Boeing744
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:05 pm

My dad had it done, and he loved it. He had no fluctuating vision. The only thing that affected him was having to stay in a dark room for two days, and some soreness.
 
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:06 pm

I had laser eye surgery 2 1/2 years ago and it's one of the best things I've ever done. Well worth the £995 my ex spent on it. It took about 5-6 days for my sight to be fully come back, but was well worth it.
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wukka
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:12 pm

Quoting TLG (Reply 5):
I had it done 5 years ago. It cost $3,300 but it was well worth it. My vision was a bit fuzzy for the first couple days but it cleared up very well. At my checkup after the first week my vision was 20/15!

Exact same deal here.

Best money that I've spent on anything in my life... right alongside my travels.

For those with reservations, the longer you wait, the longer you'll regret not having it done sooner (providing that you ever have it done). I promise!
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Mir
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:34 pm

Isn't it true that having laser surgery means that your eye can't recover from certain diseases that it normally would be able to?

That's my one main reservation about having it done.

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Andreas
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:14 pm

Sleekjet:

Congrats!! I've been thinking about it for years, being a wearer of glasses since contact lenses are not the way to go for me (dry eyes, working in ac-rooms).

Even went to Doc Kohnen here in Frankfurt, who is one of the leading European experts, he has done thousands and thousands of eyes, Bausch and Lomb had him working on the newest method (the Aberrometer, not sure if that's the correct word in the USA), that gives unprecedented precision, and he told me to go ahead. But I'm still wearing glasses, and keep on thinking...yellow bastard, me!  Wink

One question remains though: Looking at your age bracket, how about reading? It is a known fact that form 40 onwards or so the eyes' ability to read is reduced and cannot be corrected by Lasik ...what is your experience here?

Regards

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RichardPrice
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:33 pm

I read somewhere that once you have had laser eye surgury, the JAA will not give you a pilots license. Dont know why, and I cant remember where I read it (pretty sure it was from someone on a.net actually).

Anyway, its something Ive been considering, but now I know that they actually cut the eye there is no way Im going to have it done. I cant stand the thought of a blade that close to my eye, it jsut freaks me out.

Oh well, better live with my glasses then  Sad
 
Mir
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:46 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 12):
I read somewhere that once you have had laser eye surgury, the JAA will not give you a pilots license. Dont know why, and I cant remember where I read it (pretty sure it was from someone on a.net actually).

Can someone confirm that? That would be nice to know about in advance...

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RichardPrice
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:00 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 13):
Can someone confirm that? That would be nice to know about in advance...

I can actually answer it myself!

The CAA requires that you pass an extended vision test but so long as you pass, you can hold a license. The FAA requires the same. Both require a period of rest between the surgery and flying, usually 3 months.

So, what I was told is not true. If the surgery adversely affects your sight then you cant get a license, but if you can pass the required tests then you can.

So, disregard what I posted - having checked up on it myself, its not the case.
 
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:15 pm

And it's not only the JAA...afaik Lufthansa will not accept eye surgery. You can wear glasses (I've seen many pilots do exactly that) up to +/-3 diops, but no Lasik...if someone could just confirm that, I'm not totally sure.
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sleekjet
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:45 pm

OK, I'm awake again and can answer some questions.

The eyes are numbed with drops. Trust me, you don't feel anything happening.

The procedure was over in 30 minutes. But that was only because there was a 20 minute wait between step one and step two. The actual time being worked on was very scant.

Some of the things done post-surgery: Lots of eye drops (medications) during the first 24 hours...like every ten minutes, except when sleeping. Little transparent plastic shields had to be taped over the eyes at bedtime for a week to keep you from doing harm to your eyes during the night.

I was supposed to wear skiers' goggles anytime I was outdoors for a week to keep wind from causing harm to the corneas, but I seldom did that...just limited my time outdoors. I'm not supposed to be in a room with a ceiling fan going until after 90 days, I guess due to the drying effect.
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RichardPrice
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:53 pm

Quoting Sleekjet (Reply 16):
The eyes are numbed with drops. Trust me, you don't feel anything happening.

I can bloody well see it tho  Wink
 
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:06 am

I'm considering lasik sometime hopefully next year. I have pretty good vision in my right eye, but my left has gotten progressively worse in the last few years. I think it got worse because I had it scratched by a family pet a few years back. I don't know if that can be corrected by lasik, but I'm hoping to get a consultation next year.
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RE: I've Had The Lasik

Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:19 am

Congrats Sleek!!

I too had it done over 2 years ago, and it was unquestionably one of the best decisions I've made. Not even close. It immeasurably improved my quality of life, vision beyond doubt and is just a miraculous wonderful procedure. I'm so grateful for it!

Quoting Mir (Reply 10):
Isn't it true that having laser surgery means that your eye can't recover from certain diseases that it normally would be able to?

Not at all- I've never heard that, it's probably a myth. Why would that be? Not a valid issue.

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