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Old 12-12-07, 11:27 AM
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I was -7 in both eyes plus significant astigmatism before the surgery, now I am 20/15 in both eyes.

I had it done this March, the actual surgery was very quick, just felt a bit of pressure on the eyes. For a few hours afterwards it felt like I had rubbed my eyes a bit too hard, that was the worst of it.

I did have dryness and halos for several weeks after while they healed, but that is all done now. My surgery cost $4500 for both eyes including Wavefront (this is in N. California). It would have been $3500 without the wavefront but I had no problem paying extra for more accuracy. I used Flex Spending so at least saved on taxes.

I thought about it for several years before deciding to do it, but it was totally worth it. I had lived with glasses since I was 6 years old and contacts since I was 14. BTW I picked the same surgeon who did my optometrist's eyes (figured that was a pretty good referral).
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Old 12-12-07, 11:29 AM
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I gave it to myself as a 40th bday present this year. Best thing I've ever done for myself (other than marrying Mrs. Caloso). I was very near sighted (-5.25 and -4.75), or at least I thought I was, since the doc said they could take people under -10!

Had it done on a Friday afternoon, took it easy the rest of the day and went to bed early. Saturday morning my eyes were still a little sore but my vision was amazing. I drove myself to the follow up appointment that day. At the 3 month follow-up, my vision was 20/15.

Every once in awhile, I'll still have to remind myself not to try to take off my glasses or take out my contacts before bed....
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Old 12-12-07, 11:33 AM
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The couple of scary stories here did it for me.

I ain't doin' it.
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Old 12-12-07, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
The couple of scary stories here did it for me.

I ain't doin' it.
Siu, there is no reason to fear any medical procedure, no matter how invasive. Here's a little trick: Close your eyes before you enter the clinic and keep them tightly closed throughout the procedure until you're safely back in your car. Now mind you, no peeking!
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Old 12-12-07, 02:20 PM
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I tried to. I went in for a free consultation about 1 1/2 years ago. After some prelimarinary evaluation, the doc came in and asked why I wanted it. I said glasses give me headaches and contacts make my eyes all dry. Both irritate me pretty bad. He said, "then why don't you stop wearing them".

Long story short, my eyesight was only about 20/25 to 20/30 in each eye. He said that was good enough I could probably even pass the driving test without glasses, so he said just stop wearing them. So I did. Now about the only time I wear glasses is when I go to the movies (sit in back row), but that's "just" to make sure I don't miss any details.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
I had it done 5 years ago by the (supposedly) best guy in Colorado. Heck he even invented some of the instruments used by most LASIK surgeons. Went from very nearsighted to slightly farsighted. Blurry vision with glasses but okay with contacts. Dry eyes and getting worse. I am one of the few that it did not work for and I am sorry that I did it; and yes I have been re-evaluated three times - including by two different opt****lgists. They all say - "Sorry. we don't think anything can help."

ahhh this thread had me consider it once again for myself,
but you mention the dry eyes and I think
I will stick to my contacts/glasses.

because

A) they always work
and
B) it is no real hassle to deal with contacts.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
I was a -8.75 in one eye and -8.25(or something very close to that) in the other eye. It was no problem.
You can't be too much more nearsighted than that.

dang I am -7.5 both...so i guess they -can- correct 20-200 vision
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Old 12-12-07, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
I tried to. I went in for a free consultation about 1 1/2 years ago. After some prelimarinary evaluation, the doc came in and asked why I wanted it. I said glasses give me headaches and contacts make my eyes all dry. Both irritate me pretty bad. He said, "then why don't you stop wearing them".

Long story short, my eyesight was only about 20/25 to 20/30 in each eye. He said that was good enough I could probably even pass the driving test without glasses, so he said just stop wearing them. So I did. Now about the only time I wear glasses is when I go to the movies (sit in back row), but that's "just" to make sure I don't miss any details.

jeeze I'd eat glass to have natural 20/25. you should try 20-200.

here, I can help you.
next time you take a shower, rub a bar of soap on your eyeballs.
then try to read a magazine. 20-200 is like that [but without the burning]
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Old 12-12-07, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by edzo View Post
dang I am -7.5 both...so i guess they -can- correct 20-200 vision
I could not even see my alarm clock in the morning to turn it off. I had to search with my hand to find my glasses to turn off the alarm clock. The mrs. found that quite annoying.
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Old 12-12-07, 03:09 PM
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A friend of mine also had Lasik, she said the biggest downside for her was finally being able to see the the mildew in the shower.
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Old 12-12-07, 03:13 PM
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My wife had it done in February of this year.....she went from 20-bajillion to 20-20 in 15 minutes....

However, a few weeks after the surgery, she noticed that she still needed glass to read books up close....it hasn't changed since then, but she's a bit disappointed ..... she can read a bike license plate 8 miles away , but can't read her books up close without glasses now....

She's considering going back for a free "adjustment".....

There's no way in ***L I'd let someone touch my eyeball, let alone laze it! I have some type of "phobia" about eyeballs...and touching them.......I can't even put eye drops in because my lids flap so fast that everyone around me gets soaked.....it causes something in my stomach to "change" and I end up losing my lunch....
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Old 12-12-07, 03:23 PM
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I had it done in April of 2001 and it was a miracle. I was wearing -7.5 (equivalent of 20/700) contacts in both eyes, and I now still see 20/30 to 20/40 without help from glasses and contacts. How does that verse go, "I was blind but now I see..." That is exactly how I feel/ felt.

I would recommend it to anyone.
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Old 12-12-07, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
A friend of mine also had Lasik, she said the biggest downside for her was finally being able to see the the mildew in the shower.
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Old 12-12-07, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by barndoor View Post
My wife had it done in February of this year.....she went from 20-bajillion to 20-20 in 15 minutes....

However, a few weeks after the surgery, she noticed that she still needed glass to read books up close....it hasn't changed since then, but she's a bit disappointed ..... she can read a bike license plate 8 miles away , but can't read her books up close without glasses now....

She's considering going back for a free "adjustment".....

There's no way in ***L I'd let someone touch my eyeball, let alone laze it! I have some type of "phobia" about eyeballs...and touching them.......I can't even put eye drops in because my lids flap so fast that everyone around me gets soaked.....it causes something in my stomach to "change" and I end up losing my lunch....
Actually, my guy was quite upfront about the reading glasses thing. He said that for people my age (40), lasik is correlated with an acceleration of near-sightedness. I asked him, "Am I going to need some special high-tech reading glasses?"

He said, "No, you just go to Rite-Aid and buy the 10 buck glasses like everybody else."
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Old 12-12-07, 05:10 PM
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Go for it. I got it in '04 and am glad I did. Find a good doctor and ask about the Wavefront method.
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Old 12-12-07, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
But your eyes do change with age. That's why we geezers so often need reading glasses or bifocals. One concern I've seen expressed is how having had LASIK done will affect that "normal" change. I don't think the questions about that have been answered yet...not enough LASIK recipients have aged enough, perhaps.
The average age of a LASIK patient is barely below 40, which means that many of them get normal presbyopia and require reading glasses after awhile unless they opted to get monovision (where one eye is corrected to see near and the other far. I know a number of people in their 50's who've had LASIK who still see great.

LASIK was the best money I ever spent. In addition to nearsightedness and astigmatism that made it difficult to recognize people across the table, my peripheral vision was hopeless. Glasses give great vision from straight ahead, but the correction gets progressively worse and goes to zero when you hit the edge of your glasses. LASIK corrects vision from any angle. For the peripheral vision alone it is worth it.

I was told I would get presbyopia and eventually require reading glasses (I did not want monovision). A few years after I got my LASIK, mild presbyopia set in as predicted, so now I have reading glasses. However, my distance vision is still 20/15.

The technology is better than it was at the beginning. BTW, one of the differences between cut rate LASIK and the more expensive operations is the equipment they use (which is very spendy). While there is always a risk, the odds are highly in your favor. Yes your vision could get worse, but this is highly unlikely if you do a proper evaluation first and follow instructions afterwards. Besides, we all take risks every time we ride our bikes.
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Old 12-12-07, 05:51 PM
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Wow, I am surprised to hear all these horror stories. I wanted to get it for a long time and waited. About 7 people I know went through it with good results before I really seriously looked into it. I did a lot of research about risks, procedures, etc. Went to the 'free' diagnostic and researched the doctors in my area. In the end I went through with it and that was 5 years ago...... I can still say it was the best thing I have ever done. Went from -4.75 in each eye, astigmatism, and horrible night vision to 20/20 and slightly better night vision.

It isn't a one fit answer for everyone. Do some research, learn the risks (and if they apply to you), find the right doctor, and don't go cheap (i.e. it pays to pay for this procedure).
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Old 12-13-07, 02:22 AM
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Originally Posted by LSPlo View Post
The idea of cutting a flap of corneal tissue, on the other hand, continues to freak me out.
I had it done 7 years ago and went from -4.00 in both eyes to a stable 20/15 still. I'd do it again in a hearbeat.

One thing, though, that would answer your flap issue is to get PRK; that's what I had done. While there's no flap, the alternative is equally weird and you still have to be awake. But, since they don't cut the flap, they don't weaken your eye.

PRK offers the same correction as Lasik but without cutting the flap. Nowadays, they call it things like ASA or LASEK.

By the way, as far as risk goes, my eyes were a requirement for my job (flying for the Navy) and I did it anyway. The Navy did mine for free, too.
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Old 12-13-07, 02:27 AM
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Do it! I had it done over 2 years ago, corrected to 20/20 and 20/15. All laser intralase procedure. No $ is more important than your vision I feel.
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Old 02-29-08, 10:16 PM
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I just had Lasik yesterday (2/28/08) afternoon. I did a lot of research online, as well as I read through all the horror stories at lasik-flap.com. Based on my experience and all my reading, I think there are 3 things to consider:
1- corneal thickness; you need to have a thick enough cornea to have a thick enough flap
2- maximum dialated pupil size. this will affect how it comes out in the end; if the treatment area (the VISX Star 4 laser, the most current, has a treatment zone of 6.5 mm + 1.5 mm blend zone = 8.0 mm total) is smaller than the maximum dialated pupil, then when the pupils are widely dialated problems will occur. Problems such as starring, halos, etc.
3- are you near or far sighted? lasik, for whatever reason, has a slightly higher success rate, with less need for future touchups, in nearsighted patients.

My vision is still fluctuating, as my corneal flaps are swelling and shrinking (the doc. said this would happen for 2 - 4 weeks). I was 20/20 in my right (dominant) eye, 20/30 in my left eye, and for some unknown reason, 20/15 when using both eyes. 20/15, by the way, was what I was seeing with my glasses (my best corrected visual acuity). I had the custom vue wavefront (the most expensive procedure) at Restore Vision. I got a $300 discount (negotiated through my insurance company as a benefit), so my cost was $2699 (this was an all-in-one price, including tax, exams, etc.). It was worth every penny! I was blind but now I see!
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