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    LASIK surgery

    Yay or nay?

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    Have my evaluation next Tuesday. I haven't heard anything negative. Some report seeing halos for the first week or two then go away. I figure I've had glasses the first 30 years of my life I'd like to go the next 30 without.

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    I heard bad things about it but that was after I was evaluated, my vision in the right eye is really bad, they didn't even charge me for the evaluation/exam! LOL! . I heard it really doesn't last that long (no where near 30 years) at all so whats the use. I'm actually glad I didn't qualify. Just a few strories here: http://www.lasikmemorial.com/Home.htm
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    Hell no. I'd have to be legally blind before I'd go that route.

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    If your vision is poor, but stable- can be a wonderful thing. If your vision is poor and changing, like mine- not a great option.

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    I had LASIK done several years ago. I was very nearsighted with "coke bottle bottom" lenses in my glasses. I had complications with the flap that they make, resulting in what amounted to very large corneal abrasions that kept reoccurring for about a month. That was very painful and I was unable to work for that time. Despite the complications I'm glad I had it done. I would ask about laser RK as an option to LASIK as that does not require a flap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
    If your vision is poor, but stable- can be a wonderful thing. If your vision is poor and changing, like mine- not a great option.
    The evaluation usually takes this into consideration. At least mine did - they had my eye history sent over. They wouldn't do the procedure if my vision was changing.

    If you are deemed a good candidate, there should be no concern for safety. It's a widely-performed procedure with a very low risk rate. I went with one of the top-rated doctors in the state just to be that much more at ease.

    I am coming up on 11 years, with excellent results. Started at 20/200-20/250 and ended up 20/15 in both eyes. I am drifting towards 20/20 now, not bad for 11 years. I do have minor haloing at night, most noticeable when tired with dry eyes. VERY minor though.

    One thing to consider in your quest to go without glasses is your age. Around 45, many people start going far sighted, needed reading glasses. I had the procedure done at age 27, so I was hoping to be able to go at least 15-20 years without needing any correction. So far I'm on track. If you're older, you might need corrective lenses again soon. When I have to rely on reading glasses I will probably get another consultation for correction again.

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    things I want to avoid..... eye flap.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Hell no. I'd have to be legally blind before I'd go that route.
    Already there and I'm not going that route. Then again, my glaucoma (probably) makes me a poor candidate...
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    Got it more than 5 years ago. My astigmatism was so bad they recommended not correcting it all to reduce risk. I went for it all and my vision is still 20/15 (better than I ever had). Best money I ever spent.

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    Awesome, thanks all! I'mm gonna ask my doctor about it when I visit there this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadhils View Post
    Awesome, thanks all! I'mm gonna ask my doctor about it when I visit there this week.
    See if your doctor has had the procedure done. My has not and continues to wear glasses. When he has it done then I will start to think about it.
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    I had PRK done almost 11 years ago. My most recent vision test still had me at 20/15 - a little better, actually, just not good enough to read all the 20/12 line - in both eyes. Near vision is starting to slide, but that's just age.

    PRK is basically the same as "flapless LASIK" for those worried about the flap. http://www.lasik.md/learnaboutlasik/...isonmatrix.php

    My doctor was one of the pioneers of the procedure and I've seen him on the Discovery channel talking about it!

    PRK does take a bit longer to recover and is more uncomfortable (OK, you sit in a dark room for ~24 hours with frozen peas on your face), but in the end, there's no slice in my eye, no flap to come dislodged and my vision is awesome!

    I'd recommend it to anyone who is a good candidate!
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    I've had recurrent corneal erosions, so I'm not a good candidate but if I were, I might consider it. One thing to keep in mind- if you have severe myopia (nearsightedness), Lasik will correct your vision, but not the shape of your eyeball. You will still be at risk of a retinal detachment, for which severe myopia is a risk factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Got it more than 5 years ago. My astigmatism was so bad they recommended not correcting it all to reduce risk. I went for it all and my vision is still 20/15 (better than I ever had). Best money I ever spent.
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    Lasik patient=night vision of a fruit bat
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    Found out today my cousin had it done and a friend also... I guess I don't pay enough attention. Neither had any issues. Like everything there's risk if I'm eligible I'm it's a go.

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    to me this is a no brainer.. if your eyes meet the qualifications go for it.... the percentages of folks who have problems with it are minuscule. The whole impact on the flap thing was basically dis-proven unless you receive a blow directly on the flap... not a blow to the side of the head,, or whatever. They are basically demanding that you get this done in the Marines these days.. I was a minus 7 correction before the surgery and now see 20/15. It is also authorized for military pilots now as well.. go for it. It was the best tax dollars I ever spent
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    I had lasik 11 years ago. I was very nearsighted and had astigmatism to the point where I couldn't read the alarm clock on the nightstand or see my face in the bathroom mirror to blowdry my hair.

    The lasik did a pretty good job. I have some halos, but I don't even notice them any more. Since I am now over 40, I can no longer focus up close and need reading glasses.

    It was worth it for me. I am happy to wear reading glasses in exchange for seeing the alarm clock and my face in the bathroom mirror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
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    your Lasik surgery-$3000
    Incorrect.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    It is also authorized for military pilots now as well.. go for it. It was the best tax dollars I ever spent
    Correct. I was one of the test subjects for approval for military (Navy, anyway) aviators.

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    I don't use glasses, and as such have no need for this presently. However, I've known a couple people (all 40+) who have had the operation and they are all thrilled with the results several years out. The first guy I knew opted to have one eye done, then do the other a couple months later so that if the doc turned out to be a complete klutz he'd still be able to see. He said later he might as well have done them both at once, but it made him calmer going in.

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    Had mine done about a year ago, went the monovision route and I am very happy with the results
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    I had it 3 years ago. Some dryness, but no night halos. Vision is hawklike. Money well spent.
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    Had it done about 15 years ago. Some halos. It is not a miracle cure. I was nearsighted, always needed glasses to drive. Post LASIK I can drive. But I'm getting older and lasik does not increase teh ability of the eye to focus, just changes where the range is. I now need glasses for fine print or reading in poor light (like far too many restraunts and of course I always forget to have glasses).

    My eye doctor had me on hold for about 5 years because the technology was improving very rapidly back then. When first looked at astigmatism could not be corrected, it was when I finally had the surgery done.

    Not sure how much has changed. When I had it the cut was still with traditional methods and that meant 2 things, some trauma and swelling, that worked out to even better distance vision, but for a couple of days my closeup vision sucked. It also meant my eyes felt like a cross between having an eyelash in them and how they felt when I was a kif in competitive swimming and had been in too long with too much clorine in the pool. Neither painful, but annoying.

    Do get evaluated, there are some medical conditions that make it a veruy bad risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    Incorrect.



    Correct. I was one of the test subjects for approval for military (Navy, anyway) aviators.

    Cost: Zero dollars. Actually, since I had to travel, I got per diem for it!
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