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Old 08-07-2007, 03:19 PM   #16
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They pin your eyelids open so you can't blink. It really isn't that uncomfortable. There were times where I felt like I was blinking but I actually wasn't. It was custom Lasik; I don't know what interlace is. The worse your eyes are, the more cornea they have to burn through. Therefore, if your eyes are bad, you need to have a thick cornea. In my case, I'll probably only be able to get one or two adjustments. My doctor said only one of my eyes might need one down the line.

As far as healing time, I'm still in the process and it's going to take several months for a full recovery. The only time my eyes hurt was for about an hour after the actual surgery. I've been pain-free since. The poor vision at night is true but it's another one of those things that improves over time. I'm already noticing improvement there, and I'm able to drive at night. To me, months of healing is worth a lifetime of being able to see.
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:36 PM   #17
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They pin your eyelids open so you can't blink. It really isn't that uncomfortable. There were times where I felt like I was blinking but I actually wasn't. It was custom Lasik; I don't know what interlace is. The worse your eyes are, the more cornea they have to burn through. Therefore, if your eyes are bad, you need to have a thick cornea. In my case, I'll probably only be able to get one or two adjustments. My doctor said only one of my eyes might need one down the line.
What do you mean by this? That you'll only have one or two adjustments then you'll have to go back to glasses again? I don't know how "bad" by eyes are comparitively, but I do have an astigmatism.

To me, glasses at this point are just a nuisance. Not being able to watch TV at night in bed, not being able to see the clock, dealing with the inevitable scratches and scuffs on my lenses, having to get prescription sunglasses which have to be of a certain curvature -- I can't get the kind that wrap around and cover the sides of my eyes the way some other shades can.

Thanks for the info. The horror stories like Schneed wrote of are enough to keep me from doing it so far.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:08 PM   #18
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Anybody had this done? I've worn eye glasses since I was 4 years old, and I'm sick of them. Plus I can't do contacts. Then there's the sunglasses problem -- I can't get the wrap-around kind... it goes on and on.

But I'm worried about the horror stories -- permanent double vision, dry eyes, blah, blah blah.

my ex boss had it done, and she RAVED about it. It corrected her to slightly better than 20/20. Then over time her vision decreased a little again, and they corrected it for free.
The horror stories I have heard (never seen) come from those who try to do it the cheap and easy way.
In this case, you get what you pay for.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:10 PM   #19
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What is the going rate for Lasik now-a-days? I have been considering it myself. Tired of the contacts.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:17 PM   #20
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What is the going rate for Lasik now-a-days? I have been considering it myself. Tired of the contacts.
My eye doctor tried to sell me on it. At the place he was trying to send me to, he said the cost is roughly $5000.

Supposedly that was one of the very highly skilled places in our area. I'm sure you can do it for much cheaper, but like you said, you get what you pay for.
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My eye doctor tried to sell me on it. At the place he was trying to send me to, he said the cost is roughly $5000.

Supposedly that was one of the very highly skilled places in our area. I'm sure you can do it for much cheaper, but like you said, you get what you pay for.
I really don't think that is bad for permanant vision correction. No more paying for all those supplies and new glasses, and new contacts every 6 months to a year...and for the fact that I could see even in the middle of the night. I'd pay 5k for it.

Rather pay 5k than 2k and have issues with my eyes forever.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:45 PM   #22
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I just can't take the risk even if it's small. Glasses work fine for me, plus they make me look less intermediating
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:35 AM   #23
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Re: Vision Correction/Lasik surgery

I can vouch for lasik... had it done four years ago and my vision rocks (have astigmatism in both eyes too). I was wearing -7.5 contacts and now i'm 20/20 in my right eye and close in my left. Normal age will wear your eye sight down, even after lasik, so prepare for that.

The new wavefront technology (custom lasik) gives a spot on analysis of what needs to be done to your cornea.

If you decide to do it, make sure to take the valium when they tell you to take it. Like Season-Ticket Holder says, the only time it hurts is an hour after surgery- and you'll need to pass out during that time.
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:54 AM   #24
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i dont understand that if you are going to have this done, and its pretty major. why would you try and go cheap? we are talking about your eyesight, right?
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:59 PM   #25
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i dont understand that if you are going to have this done, and its pretty major. why would you try and go cheap? we are talking about your eyesight, right?

I hear there is a place in Juarez, Mexico that will do it for $200 an eye!
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