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What are all of your thoughts on Lasik Surgery?
Have any of you had it or have you known somebody who had it?
I might have an opportunity to get it because suddenly my mom is being generous. And being that my myopia + astigmatism gets worse every year, I think it might be helpful.
I spend about $300 each year on new lenses because my prescription is so bad. If I get new frames, the bill is usually about $400. I stopped wearing contacts when I was 19 because my astigmatism got so bad that they had to "hand cut" each lens and 1 pair of gas permables was $450. Soft ones would no longer fit my eyes and gas permeables are hard like plastic so they were very uncomfortable.
Anyhow, I'm so scared if I do get surgery! What if it's botched and I can never do art again?? AHH!
Tell me all of your thoughts or eye horror stories!
Hmm...have one eye done at a time?
Everyone that I've known to get the surgery has come out of it fine. It's been around for a while, so I imagine a lot of the initial risks have been worked out.
Even so, I agree with you. It seems like a scary, scary thing to do to one's eyes. :/
have you ever played volleyball with only one contact on?Originally Posted by MiranaHmm...have one eye done at a time?
as far as Lasik - I dont care of its 110% guaranteed - no way
I've thought about doing it but my eyesight isn't as bad as yours. so if you absolutely have to, I'd say do one eye at a time, better safe than blind.
Don't do it. Ever notice how eye doctors wear glasses? Especially the guys doing the Lasik surgery? My wife mentioned it in passing, and now I key on it every time I go to the eye doc.
Something to keep an eye out for (no pun intended).
I would do it if i was still eligible for the surgery. My eyesight is considered too bad to be eligible for the surgery. I am 21 and my eyesight is -10 in each eye. To give you an idea of how bad that is.. imagine not being able to identify anything and i mean anything more then 6 inchs away without contacts or glasses. My glasses at the thinnest they can be are almost 3/8's of an inch thick.
Even with fresh contacts in i can barely read alot of store names and signs unless the text is a very big size.
I would perhaps check into that new lense surgery where they put a permanent like contact and slide it against your cornea. That might work better for you Magicgoo but i do not recall the actual name.
However safe it is, it's the process that puts me off.
You're fully aware while your eye is held open with a speculum and the top layer of your cornea is sliced open and peeled back to let the laser in. Ew.
Magic', my wife as astigmatism so bad she goes nuts when she looks at a herringbone suit, so I know something about what you're going through. My best suggestion is to get some opinions from a LOT of well rspected specialists befor you do anything. Make sure some of them don't do the operation themselves (no profit motive...)
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my dad had it done and after the surgery he had to wear eyepatches for at least a day and then he could open his eyes. i'm not exactly sure, i never really paid much attention, i geuss it heals up fairly quick after surgery.
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I had a teacher that went trought lasik eye surgery, and she was fine after the operation, never had to use lenses again.
So if you feel confortable with someone slicing your eye( yup, as Matt Dixon says). Because no matter how they put it, is not a simple proccess, at least is not what people normally think it is.
If you are spending that much on glasses and your sight is really all that bad, is a good option......with risks.
DO it, but make sure you find a good doctor. I ran to 3 different Lasik eye surgery centers, and narrow it down to kasier permanente. The doctor there is not on commission base. Unlike other doctors, he found out I got retinal hole in the right eye, and make sure I fix it, and completely heal before he gave me the lasik surgery. (The others two just kinda force me to do it at the same day. They don't even give me time to think about it!)
I've done it a year ago. My eye sight was pretty bad, -12.75 at each eye. Can't live without glasses. I glad I did it. The heal rate depends on many factors. It took me around half year to get to stable eye slight, then 3 more months to 20/20. But again, my orignial eye sight is pretty bad, and they corrected in one surgery. (The doctor did warn me before head I may need second surgery to get it down to 20/20 though.)
Side effect: I got dry eyes, usually in the morning when I wake up. But some eye drops fix it.
I'm also thinking of doing this for a while. There's this new form of lasik which looks promising (and only a tad more expensive): http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...212447/1/.html
i did it several years ago and have no problems. i noticed after about 2-3 month that my left eye wasn't seeing things as clearly in my right eye, not much of a nuisance unless you're reading fine alphabets. it's probably somewhere between 15-25 degrees.
but if you eyes deteriorate every year, i do not suggest you go for it. no one knows the cause of myopia and the deterioration will not stop even after the op. i had mine when i was 21 (minimum legal age to get it done in singapore) but my sight had stabilised during my late teens, sometime around 18, and it was actually improving as time went by. my eyes were about 650 when i was 18, when i went for it at 21, they had done down to about 550.
i've always seen halos and spikes when looking at bright objects at night, so i'm not sure if the op had made it any worse.
Like Ilaekae said, get information from people who know about this. We allca tell you about people where it did work, and where it didn't work. You will find people who like it and think it helps and some don't even like the idea. Get some real information. I read some where that Lasik Surgery and comparable "laser eye operations" and not always useful or possible. If I would need new lenses each year then I would at least think about it. You wrote that you "stopped wearing contacts when I was 19". I don't know how old you are but if that is some years ago then you could get some information on that because there now even different contacts. There are even some that you wear at night (while sleeping) and these deform the outer layer so you see better when you put these out. It's not an permanent process but I don't know if these are generally available or still in some testing phase.
My wife had it done back in 2000. She's had no problem and is just now needing reading glasses (like most things having to do with the human body, it's not permanent). She had it done in Toronto and got both done at the same time.
The weird thing is that there was a family of Mennenites in there with a couple of them getting it done.
I went to the docs and did all the tests to check whether i was suitable for the surgery. I was, but the doc told me to wait till about 25 or so, when the eye stops growing. Of course there are risks, but the procedure is very successful ... so I d go for it if I were you... I know I will when Im around 25.
I think that the first thing you have to do is go talk to a doctor who actually does them, get a consult, you ll be told about the procedure, risks etc... and then you can decide.
Do some research before you make a firm decision. And don't be pressured into getting the surgery if you're not ready for it.
I had an early version of lasik done (I was part of the research program in Houston) back in 1985 because I was legally blind. That's hard to hear when you're a very visual person. The LASIK eye surgery procedure is certainly much better now then it was then. My surgery required complete removal of the top layer of my cornea; it was frozen and reshaped by computer; and then stitched back on my eye - a kind of living contact lense. The stitches were removed about 10 days later after the cornea had regrafted to my eye. This was done one eye at a time over a two month period.
Today, I still have to wear contact lenses or glasses, but my vision is still much better in most respects then it was back then when all I could see was color, not shapes, without corrective glasses (my eyes were too bad for contact lenses). The only other negative is that my vision has some ghosting because of the scarring ripples on my corneas from the laser, but I deal with it. My sister who had the current lasik procedure is very happy with her results.
Most people I know that have had it are quite happy with the results. Those that aren't as happy went for the cheaper assembly-line production, didn't do their research, and didn't listen to their doctor about post-operative care (they rubbed their eyes after the procedure and/or didn't wear their eye patch).
If you check out wikipedia, there's plenty of links to both positive and negative commentary about the surgery.
My brother-in-law worked for Lucas Arts for a couple of years. One of the perks aside from the holiday tofurkey (they did offer him a real turkey, but Mark was feeling adventurous...) was all kinds of crazy health benies, including getting zapped in the eyes with a laser for fun and profit.
Perhaps still feeling adventurous after the fowl shaped legume incident, or perhaps because he was blind as a freakin' bat without glasses or contacts, he went and had this proceedure done.
The tales were frankenstienien to be sure, but in the end, he's loving not having to wear glasses anymore.
As for myself, I quiver in fear of the thought of some mad man with a laser gun near my eyes. So I sit here and myopitically curse Mark from afar for his bravery.
At least I *think* that's him over there... Can't quite tell...
I have a couple of friends who had the procedure and one who had when it first came available (something like 12 years ago ?). They all rave about it. I've also been investigating about it for a year now and will probably have it done. I have a really bad case of myopa since childhood and would like to SWIM without being afraid to bash my head in the side of the pool / another swimmer / unidentified object everytime
Thanks, everybody for your links and suggestions and stories and everything!
I'll do a LOT of research of course! But, I also like to hear everyone's opinions, too. Helps me see it from new perspectives.
By the way, I like your little anecdote, Oregano.
My eyes are watering just reading this damn thread!
http://www.eyeglassfactoryoutlet.comI spend about $300 each year on new lenses because my prescription is so bad. If I get new frames, the bill is usually about $400.
I'm trying to spend as little as possible to those schist-er optometrists.
Im getting it in a few years. If i can afford it that is. Glasses really mess up my beauty, but contact lenses are too expencive.
Best of luck to you, whatever way you choose to go magicgoo!
It's not the laser that scares me... but the blade slicing off the top layer of your eye... while... you're... awake.
As much as glasses blow, I could never do the lasik. I know people who have done it and they're fine... but it's just not for me.
Wal*mart saves the day for my contact and glasses needs. i havent spent over 120 bucks for glasses, nor more then 30 (or less) bucks every couple of months for contacts. But i also dont have such bad eye sight.
I've had glasses since elementry school...i remember when i was 12 and just getting contacts, i heard about the surgery....of course by now it is waaaaay more common, waaaaay more succesful...and just tons better all the way around.
I of course am waaaaay to chicken to even concern myself with the thought of getting surgery. no one touches my eyeballs, no matter if their bad or not. Besides i look cute in glasses. :3
but like everyone said its up to you. do tons of research on it. its very important to do that. This is something that could alter your life so its a very important decsion. Sorry i guess i'm not very helpful
I work at an optical retail store on the weekends and I see plenty of people who had the procedure done and they were all fine. The drawbacks is that your eyes may still settle into a prescription. If I was to pay for this I need to be guaranteed that nothing would go wrong and that I would never have to wear corrective lenses ever again.... but in my personal opinion there are two parts of my body that I don't want anyone to be slicing into with anything and one of those parts is my eyes...
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