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thechoson

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LASIK, anyone?
« on: June 09, 2004, 02:03:31 PM »
Anybody get LASIK? Know anyone that has?

Info/experiences would be appreciated!
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Re: LASIK, anyone?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2004, 02:07:04 PM »
My dad got it - went from being almost legally blind without glasses to being able to drive without glasses.  He loved it!  Also, one of my co-workers had it and really liked it.  Only complaint I've heard (from a third person that had it) is that you can smell burning when they do it and that it almost made her sick.

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Re: LASIK, anyone?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2004, 02:08:39 PM »
i need it...many of my friends had it, and i know there's a very small chance of problems, but i'm so scared because i know of two people that had complications. 

1)  i have one that for some reason, they corrected her vision a lot, but in one eye, she still has to wear contacts.  like as if they couldn't correct it all the way.

2)  also, i have an older friend (it might be age related), that got it, and he's nearly blind from it. Has to wear coke bottle glasses now.

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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2004, 02:11:38 PM »
I would wait for the next generation of custom-lasik surgery.
I have a friend who is an opthamologist and he said that he is seeing more and more people that have to get fit with contacts AFTER their lasik treatment.

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2004, 02:15:02 PM »
Before you get it - I would definately consider the age and need aspects.  If you are 90, you might not want to wait for the next generation to come out.  Also, if you are legally blind, you might not have much to lose however if you are only sorta blind, you could.  Another thing I have heard is that your eyes need to have stopped changing - or at least really slowed down.  If your prescription is changing every six months, I don't think most doctor's will do it.  One other thing I have heard - don't go to the LASIK surgery centers that do it really cheap.  If you do it, go to the best even if it is the most expensive.  I think it can only be done once or twice and then you are stuck with the results.

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Re: LASIK, anyone?
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2004, 02:36:17 PM »
I had it done by a really reputable doctor.  He wasn't a "lasik" center.  he was a general specialist.  He treated all kind of eye problems, from cataracts to debris removal.  So he wasn't just farming it out.

I really loved it, it was quick, easy and pretty much painless.  There's irritation afterwards, and you ahve to be really careful not to rub your eyes.  And yes, your prescription has to have stabalized for at least 6 months.

The most common problem is that if they don't reshape enough of your cornea, when your pupils dialate all the way at night, you'll get "halos" around lights.  This is the outside of the pupil partially seeing through uncorrected lense.  Most doctors with the most modern equipment will avoid this.

I was 20/20 afterwards, and I'm not sure if I still am.  Occasionally I feel like I could use glasses, just for watching TV and stuff, or it could just be that since I wore glasses since I was in teh third grade and I have a fairly small tv that I'm just over sensitive.

Regardless, I'd go though it again in an instant.  No contacts, I can roll over at night and see my alarm clock without fumbling for glasses, it's great.  So find yourself a good doctor and stop waiting!

(my uncle has had it done, and loves it, and my dad and stepmom are just waiting till they have the money, and they both want to do it as well)

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Re: LASIK, anyone?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2004, 03:28:53 PM »
The doc I went to was in Western NY, near Buffalo.  I can pass his info along to anyone as well.

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Re: LASIK, anyone?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2004, 09:34:13 AM »
I'm getting mine done 11:00 AM tomorrow.