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Old 01-04-06, 04:47 PM   #1
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Lasik?

Anyone on here done it? I'm going in tomorrow to have it done - they're going to do the Bausch & Lomb Flying Spot kind. I'm a little nervous, to say the least. It's kind of a birthday present to myself, and I took the money out with a Flex Spending Account at work, so I can pay for it all at once, and don't get taxed on the money for it.

I'm wondering if it's really neccessary to get the 'Lifetime Enhancements' instead of the 1 year plan? I imagine that if anything needs to be corrected, it would show up within the first year. The difference in price means it's either almost completely covered by what I took out for the FSA, or about $500 out of my pocket...

Thanks for any input - it's not exactly an impulse thing, but I thought that it would be a few weeks at least before I could get the procedure. They told me I was a great canidate and they could fit me in tomorrow... I'm on vacation until monday, so it seemed like it was as good a time as any to get it done...
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i've thought about it...how old are you? they told me to wait until my mid to late 20s for that so that my eyes wouldn't change again.
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I'm terrified by it.

I know it's reliable and all, but man.. my eyes pay my rent.
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Old 01-04-06, 05:23 PM   #5
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i've thought about it...how old are you? they told me to wait until my mid to late 20s for that so that my eyes wouldn't change again.
Turning 30 in a couple of days.

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I'm terrified by it.

I know it's reliable and all, but man.. my eyes pay my rent.
I'm kind of scared about it, too. I work in printing, so my eyes pretty much pay my rent, too. But my eyesight is bad enough that I can't see more than 6" without contact lenses or glasses. I want to be able to ride in any conditions without worrying about how long I've had my contacts in, or having my glasses get covered with rain, fogged up, etc...
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I had it done 10 years ago, when I was in my mid 20's. No problem, highly recommend it, plus the new techniques get better results and heal faster. It is uncomfortable lying there awake knowing what is going on, but it doesn't take very long. I also know about 6 or 7 people who have had it done since, all with positive results.

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I've heard a horror story or two, but also heard many great success stories. I think the trick is not to go to one of those $299 an eye places, but a more reputable one (that will be more expensive too) Good luck!!

I actually checked into it about 3 or 4 months ago....and got laughed at. The lasik doctor asked me "why" did I want it done. I told him because glasses give me headaches and contacts bother my eyes (can't wear them too long). He said "then why do you wear glasses or contacts?".

Long story made short is that I was prescribed my 1st pair of glasses in 1997. I just assumed that if you were prescribed glasses, you needed to wear them. He said my eyesight was good enough that I didn't really need to even wear the glasses if I didn't want to (even driving). I was only like 20/30 according to my prescription and according to his quick eye chart test, he said it was probably closer to 20/25. Here I've been wearing glasses like a chump for 8 years and getting headaches from them the whole time.
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i cant have lasik coz i need glasses for long distance and short to if i had it id fix one thing but id still need glasses *sigh*
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I've had 4 eyes since 4th grade. Many years ago. I imagine I will go to the grave that way. But good luck with it.
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I'm going to LasikPlus - it's definatly not cheap. It's going to be 2100-2500. 2000 of that is covered by my FSA. The real kicker is the lifetime 'enhancements.' I can afford it, but I don't know if it's really neccessary...
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I've had 4 eyes since 4th grade. Many years ago. I imagine I will go to the grave that way. But good luck with it.
Pretty much the same here. I want to do something about it, though.

I have the feeling that I'm going to look a bit like your avatar tomorrow. At least they offer valium to calm me down...
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I've had 4 eyes since 4th grade. Many years ago. I imagine I will go to the grave that way. But good luck with it.
iv had 4 eyes since i was 6. iv broken atleast one pair a year from soccer
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iv had 4 eyes since i was 6. iv broken atleast one pair a year from soccer
I know what you mean. My mom used to buy me glasses in pairs so I would have a go to pair. I still alwys ended up with the taped and jury rigged glasses syndrome. Now I wear titanium frames and they have lasted.
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Old 01-04-06, 05:49 PM   #14
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Pretty much the same here. I want to do something about it, though.

I have the feeling that I'm going to look a bit like your avatar tomorrow. At least they offer valium to calm me down...
If I was 20 years younger I might consider the procedure. But I am definitely turning into a crusty ole fart now. I have an image to think of.
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At least they offer valium to calm me down...
Just make sure you get it. I was supposed to have been given a valium when I went in for my vasectomy, and never got it. I never said anything because I figured they knew what they were doing and would give it to me when the time was appropriate. The next thing I knew, the doctor was at my crotch, cutting away with his laser.

As for Lasik, my dad & step-mom each had it done recently and seem to have had no ill-effects. My wife and I both wear glasses, and have already decided that we'll never get it done. While the percentage of successful procedures is much greater than the ones that have problems, we don't want to risk being one of the few bad ones. Plus I like how I look in glasses.
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I had it done 5+ years ago. Well, sort of. I'll get to that in a bit. And it was free. And I also make my living with my eyes.

I haven't needed any "enhancements" since my surgery. I've been 20/15 or a little better since about a week after the procedure. I also still have good near vision, but that may change as I get older.

I had PRK done which is the same correction procedure as Lasik but they don't cut the flap, they remove the epithelial layer over the cornea (in my case with the laser, now I guess the abrade it) and make the laser correction to the cornea. Then they cover it with a contact for a few days until the epithelial layer grows back. It's definately more unpleasant than Lasik but I also don't have any cuts in my eye.

I fly for the Navy (well, I guess I have to admit to myself that I USED to... as you get older they give you a desk to fly which sucks) and had the chance to participate in the "pilot study" for laser eye surgery in aviators. It was mostly a way to validate the procedure for all Naval aviators, but they needed a study group before getting general approval (which they now have). So, I was one of the first 500 to get it; lots of other military folks had been getting PRK and Lasik before but eye surgery for us was strictly verbotten; you'd be permanently grounded.

Anyway, off I went and it's been great. Had it gone bad, I would have lost my flight status and flight pay and, possibly if it was bad enough, my job all together. I think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm still gratified when I look over at the clock in the morning and can see it without reaching for glasses or blinking my contacts into place.

Don't be worried; it'll be fine!
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The eyelid clamp on CRUM's avatar is similar to what they use during Lasik procedures!

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I look smarter in glasses. I dunno; I've thought about it but anything to do with my eyes scares the crap out of me.
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A few of my friends did it in their late 20s. They swear it's the best thing they ever did for themselves.

At least they did it with lasers where the procedure lasted no more than 15 minutes. My math teacher in highschool got it done with knives when it was still experimental. She swore by it back then!
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Too bad it's generally not covered by insurance, as it's considered "cosmetic" Whatever....
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I know what you mean. My mom used to buy me glasses in pairs so I would have a go to pair. I still alwys ended up with the taped and jury rigged glasses syndrome. Now I wear titanium frames and they have lasted.
i think my mum should have bought them in pairs i was always forgetting where i put them and i couldnt see to find them

but i dont think i could not wear glasses now... if i dont have them on i go to push the connecting bar back up my nose i donno they just feel like they are apart of me now
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I look smarter in glasses. I dunno; I've thought about it but anything to do with my eyes scares the crap out of me.
my dad had something fall of the wall of the inside of his eye ball (hes got rugby ball shaped eyes) and he had to have a operation on his eye... and he had to be awake so he could keep the eye open... so he could see them cut his eye open and he could see the tools going inside

now thats scary...
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Too bad it's generally not covered by insurance, as it's considered "cosmetic" Whatever....
It's partially covered - I get a 20% discount on it through my vision plan. I just got new glasses in November, so if it's not 100% successful, I'm out the money for new lenses.

Man, this is really starting to get me nervous. I'm not doing too great with the whole 'avoid caffine' thing that was mentioned in the brochures, either. I'll stop after this last shot of espresso. Really.

And I'm going to ride the whole way to the place later today. I took the bus for most of the trip yesterday, but this could be my last ride for awhile, so...
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Too bad it's generally not covered by insurance, as it's considered "cosmetic" Whatever....
+1 Ditto that!!
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