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Old 02-22-17, 11:28 PM   #1
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For those who got Lasik eye surgery ?

If you have had voluntary lasik surgery (or something similar), would you do it again ? Do you regret your decision ? Would you recommended it for a friend or loved one ? Was it worth it ?

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Old 02-22-17, 11:40 PM   #2
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I had Lasik 3 years ago. I'd do it again. I do not regret the decision. I'd recommend it to others. Worth every penny. Has made riding all that much enjoyable.
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I had Lasik 3 years ago. I'd do it again. I do not regret the decision. I'd recommend it to others. Worth every penny. Has made riding all that much enjoyable.
have you experienced any side effects ? dryness ? halos ?
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have you experienced any side effects ? dryness ? halos ?
I had it done 14 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life and I wished I had done it a lot earlier.

Now as for side effects, I have had some minor ones which oddly enough seem to be disappearing majorly in the last year.

Being an overweight tank with Diabetes II for much, but not all of the years since I have had the procedure, may have led to the complications being more significant than they might have otherwise been, but even so, still quite manageable and worth it.

For the dry eyes, I would use a cheap dry eye treatment like this https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/...0-8ml-28-Vials

And I would find that I would use 1 vial a day for the first couple of years.

In recent years I probably use 1 vial a week and in the last year or so, I've been using 1 vial a month.

I find that my night vision when driving is pretty good, but not quite as good as it is during the day, so I pay extra attention to what I am doing at night, whereas during the day I often find myself in auto-pilot mode.

As for halo's or "the Sands of Sahara", I had a little bit of that in the first year, it was never troubling, just an odd feeling to experience and I haven't experienced that for many years now.
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I had Lasik 3 years ago. I'd do it again. I do not regret the decision. I'd recommend it to others. Worth every penny. Has made riding all that much enjoyable.
So you can see when people wave to you?
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I had it done two and a half years ago. Best medical decision I ever made, and I would definitely do it again, even though I am told I will still probably need reading glasses in 10-15 years. I find when I have to stare at the computer all day for work that I get some increased halo effect at night, but rest and getting away from my desk resolves it and I'm back to 20/15 vision.
Just follow the post-op instructions to the letter, and don't rub your eyes!
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have you experienced any side effects ? dryness ? halos ?
There was some initial dryness, but after about a month or so it went back to "normal." My work involves a lot time in front of a computer screen, so there is some normal dryness. Drops helped a lot.

No halos, except occassionally at night around streetlights. That too eventually went away.

Like I said, I highly recommend the procedure...even for someone like me with diabetes.
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So you can see when people wave to you?

Ah, my personal stalker strikes again!

I asked the doctor, who is also a cyclist, to implant a special lens that blocks all wavers from my field of vision. Best decision ever!
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Anybody get lasik after presbyopia has started? What do they do then, one eye for near and the other eye for far? Or just both for far and OTC reading glasses?
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I had lasik many years ago, and I would do it again, but in my case I think I would have been better off with RK (RK is where they remove the lens for a moment, stab it with a knife a few times in a very precise way to change it's shape via stress reduction, and then shove it back in).

The reason for my change of mind would be that very near-sighted people (like me, think -7 in both eyes) also seem to have usually some very large diameter pupil dilation at night, and so the critical question for your lasik surgeon is to compare the diameter of your fully dilated pupil with the diameter of the flap cut, and if they are close to the same, or if the pupil diameter is greater then the flap-cut diameter, then it may be beneficial to investigate further any current alternative procedures. The halo effect is more pronounced the closer your pupil diameter is to the flap-cut diameter as the halo comes from the interruption/distortion/refraction of the light path where it hits the flap cut surface, when that distorted light is also able to pass through your pupil to register on the retina.
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I had it 15 years ago. The ability to see outdoors riding and doing other things and to able to not wear any glasses or wear normal sunglasses is priceless.
I originally tested 20/15 for several years and now vary between 20/20 or 20/15 depending on how good a night's sleep I get before I go to the eye doctor.

I originally didn't need any glasses except for very close up work on small parts and model bits. I just got some reading glasses for that.

At age 50 I've had to get reading glasses for reading, buy everything more than 24" inches away is clear and sharp.
I would not ever do the close eye / far eye thing. I want my distance vision to be sharp and clear so I have maximum visibility and safety riding.

It's fine to put on glasses for computer and reading.
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I had it done 15 years ago and would do it over again in a heart beat. I was legally blind without correction and couldn't even read my alarm clock without putting on glasses. If I lost a contact or broke my glasses I was helpless.

Initially I was 20/15 in both eyes. After approx. 5-6 years one eye has faded and I'm now 20/20 in the left eye and 20/50 in the right. After some adjustment time, it now works fine as I can read w/o reading glasses and see distance fine w/o correction. They will actually do this intentionally, it's called mono-vision, but mine was by accident.
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I had lasik done back in 2000. Crystal clear vision with no noticeable side effects for 13-14 years. The past few years vision has drifted to the point of needing glasses again. I'm only around 20/30-20/40 but I am so used to perfect vision that the slight fuzz bugged me. Nice thing is my glasses are super light and look non-prescription unlike the coke bottle glasses I had before!

I'm going to go in for a consult on my 45th bday to see if I am a candidate for a touch-up, maybe the monovision procedure so that I can stave off getting readers for a while...
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Wow, so many glowing success stories! I am blessed with good vision (only now starting to need reading glasses for close-up reading in my 40s), but my wife and 2/3 of my kids need glasses. I asked them if they would consider lasik, they were pretty scared of it.

When they do it, do they do one eye and let it heal before they do they other, to minimize the risk of a mistake?
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When they do it, do they do one eye and let it heal before they do they other, to minimize the risk of a mistake?
I'm not sure if they do it as you suggested there, but I had both of mine done at the same time.

Now where there is some difference is that there are two main ways of using the laser to re-profile your cornea.

The first way, and the way I intentionally chose is to have them laser through the protective cover over my eyeball, onto the cornea.

The 2nd way is to cut a flap off that protective cover, peel it back and then laser straight onto the cornea, then put the flap back on top.

With the 2nd way, your vision is near perfect straight away and you will have no pain, but you have a bit of a structural weakness with that flap over your eyeball, so if for instance, you got eye-gouged, the flap could easily come off.

With the 1st method, I chose it being mindful about being eye-gouged, and it takes about 3 months to get to perfect vision, but even on the first day, I was better than I was usually without my glasses.

With the 1st method, you will experience a hell of a lot of pain for the first 4 to 6 days, so make sure you stock up on some heavy painkillers, it is the only way to cope.

Again with the first method, you also need to use very thick eye drops to provide extra lubrication for at least a week and then slightly less thick eye drops for the week after.

Your eyes will be very red with the 1st method for the first week.
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