questionshas anyone here had lasik eye surgery? what do…

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I had to get glasses when I was 27. I probably needed them sooner. I've never had Lasik and I probably won't. I think for me it was hard to get used to being a glasses person at first but they just become part of your routine.

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I got Lasik and was COMPLETELY fine.

It was a total non-event. It was kinda creepy when they flap your eye over and you go blind, but you are so numb it doesn't feel like anything. No pain after for recovery either. Just a few drops to ensure you're lubed up. Nothign major. Also, If you're nervous or squeemish about going in, they can give you something to take the edge off too.

Now the old school laser abrasion surgery? I had a good friend who couldn't do Lasik and could only do that and she had a serious week of recovery she was fine afterwards and can see great, but she said it felt like she had something scratching in her eye for a week. SHe said it was much better when you just drenched yourself with eye drops.

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I hate to answer a question with a question, but I am curious... at -12, is the correction otherwise OK with the exception of the optometrist wanting you to wear reading glasses while reading? Or are there other side effects to be alleviated (tunnel vision, etc)?

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I had 20/250 vision, which is more than half blind. I also had an astigmatism that was so bad I almost couldn't get contacts of any kind. Then I got LASIK. Now it's 20/15, better than perfect. That was 12 years ago, and my vision hasn't changed one bit.

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@mechanicsc: Because of the -12 and the astigmatism they cannot get the contacts I need to properly correct my vision. The contacts I am wearing are pretty good but lines to letters are not crisp, it's almost like a shadow to the edges of the letters.

I have had vision correction since I was 5 and in kindergarten. My parents were told that I probably needed correction sooner however it wasn't noted because they didn't know there was a problem.

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@rprebel: Wow! That seems to be what I am running into with my situation. I don't know what my 20/? is.... -12 is what is on my prescription.

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@jandk113: Thanks for the extra info.

I'm speaking from the cheap seats here obviously, but I don't know if I would go through with surgery for an improvement from -12 to -6 unless there was some really serious side effects to the corrected -12 vision, like tunnel vision or headaches. Even after the surgery, you're still going to need correction... in my humble opinion it hardly seems worth the bother.

If they could promise you a lot better or near perfect vision like some of the folks above, I'd be all over it. But for -12 to -6?

Good luck in your decision... hope everything works out for you.

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@jandk113: I wore contacts for about 4 years, but never bothered learning what those numbers meant. You'll have to talk to an opthamologist either way, so shop around and make an appointment.

Seriously, it's a life changer. Imagine waking up, and your eyes just work. No glasses, no contacts...they just work.

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@jandk113: FYI... 20/250 is only about -3 or so. Not too bad, that's what my eyes are. rprebel's vision is a LOT better than yours.

Diopters can't directly be converted to 20/?, so this is just an approximation.

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@rprebel: I think I am going to seek a second opinion just to see what another doctor's opinion is.

@mechanicsc: I have headaches too, which is why he suggested the reading glasses. Like I said above I think I am going to seek a second opinion to see if maybe they can do any better. I have thought about it kind of being a waste if I can only get to a -6 but I am only 25 and if I am a -12 now it would be nice to "start over" as I am running out of time with contacts because they don't make them in much stronger prescriptions. I look like -UGH- in my glasses because they distort my eyes hehe think coke bottles times 5!! That is the 25 year old female coming out =)

Thanks for the well wishes =)

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@mechanicsc: You sure about that? Without glasses or contacts, I was legally blind.

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@rprebel: I'm sure about that, because I'm -3 in both eyes myself, which is about 20/250. It qualifies as "legally blind" without correction, but in the grand scheme of vision correction it's not a bad prescription.

My optometrist told me he has one patient who is -26 diopters. They fitted the patient with -20 contacts and -8 glasses to correct the vision (or -20 glasses and -8 contacts, not sure which).

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@rprebel: Could you read the big E on the board? I can't even see that it is a board, white blob, no letters...just fuzzy...I can't even make out people I know, if my husband and another man same size were side by side and I was in front of them say 3ft, I probably could not tell the difference. That's how bad my vision is with no correction.

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@mechanicsc: I thought about doubling the contacts and glasses!!

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@mechanicsc: Wow. Now that's bad. Anyway, jandk just needs to go to the doc and see if it's worth it.

Best o' luck to you, jandk.

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I started wearing glasses in the 4th grade and wore them until I was 46 when I got PRK done. That was 5 years ago. I wish I'd gotten it done sooner.

Because I was older it took longer for my eyes to adjust. And because of my vision prior too I wear reading glasses.

But if my choice was going back to full time glasses or PRK I'd go with the PRK.

Prep time was about a half hour (eye drops and all) and about 9 seconds zap per eye. Change was instant but it took time for it to full come together. I was 20/400 and now am 20/20 one eye and 20/30 the other at my last check up.

There still are times I marvel at how well I see compared to before.

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I want Lasik, but I don't want the payments. I know over the life of the successful result of the surgery it would actually save me money... but, can't get past it for some reason.

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I had lasik 4 years ago and it was the best money I ever spent on myself. I can't remember my exact script, it was around -8 I think and I had a slight astigmatism. I wasn't able to make out anything more than 6" from my face. My optometrist also advised me I was not a candidate for lasik, because it wouldn't improve my vision enough to be worth it. My main motivation was a cost saving measure, my eyes were sensitive to soft lens and I was going to have to switch to GP. I visited 2 centers and was told I could have the surgery at both, and now have 20/20 vision. I agree that a visit to a Lasik specialist would be a good move, the worst they can say is no. ;)

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Both of my brothers have had the surgery. Both get mild halo's at night but would still get the surgery today if they were given a choice to go back and re-think their decision. I have an astigmatism as well. Have never worn glasses. I looked into lasik but for me it'd be around $3600 and I'd rather buy other things with that money. I went to three different places and they all charged roughtly the same amounth and told me my vision could be corrected. If it bothers you and you have the cash go for it. When my vision gets worse I'll do it too.

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I had Lasik done six years ago on both eyes, it was a bit of a disaster. The day after the surgery it was clear there was something wrong my left eye (which ended up being a wrinkle in the flap), so they redid the surgery that day. It did not help. So I had to wait 6 months for my eye to completely heal before the could try corrective surgery again. The third surgery went better, but to this day the left eye is clearly not as good as the right eye.

I want to point out that I have had many friends and family members undergo this surgery and none of them had any problems. I drew the short straw I guess. I am not trying to convince anyone not to have the surgery, but if I could go back in time I would choose not to have the surgery.

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I had LASIK several years ago. My only regret was I wish I had done it sooner. I wore glasses and/or contacts for many years. After the LASIK, I was free of both (for several years) and happy as could be. Now I'm waiting for them to find the fix for just aging eyes (unfortunately, back to glasses until they do so) but I had about 5 years glasses/contact free and that was the best! Only recommendation is that you make sure you go to a reputable place that has performed thousands of these procedures. If they screw up, your screwed up (can't really fix or repair if something is done wrong.)

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I've had PRK (the one that hurts, long story why, but it was necessary to go that way). It had to be repeated due to drift (as it turns out, they were stopping steriod eye drops too soo, but that is what happens when you get these surgeries early) but now I see about 20/20. I originally though I wished they had corrected more, but now that I'm getting older (and near vision is becoming a problem) I'm glad they did what they did.

Now, I was only a -3.75 to -4.0 diopter correction. I know quite a bit about refractive surgery (again, long story) and I think you are going to run into problems with your 12 diopter (or more) correction. There are limits as to how much the cornea can be reshaped before it becomes dangerously weak. It used to be 8 diopters maximum. It may be more now. My suggestion would be to get a consultation with a refractive surgeon and see what they say. Many give free initial visits. Legitimate places will give you the straight dope.

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I really like the idea of lasik and being able to function without contacts, but I'm not willing to risk being one of the "short straw" cases. Mistakes do happen, and my vision is too valuable to me to take that chance.

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Wow! Thanks everyone for all of the responses! +1 for all. I am hoping to get in an appointment for the 20th because I am off work that day. We have a really good place around here that does a lot of surgeries so I feel comfortable with their abilities. Hopefully, they will make my vision almost good as new =)

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I just watched a bit about laser eye surgery on How It's Made last night - I think it pretty much scared me off. Forever.

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@secretagentman02: I saw that too, isn't it scary!!!!!!!! I asked a friend that had it and she said that you couldn't tell what they were doing. I just know that video will play through my head if I decide to go through with it!!

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My mother got lasik eye surgery almost 8 months ago, at first it was great she could see better then ever. But a few the past few weeks its been getting progressivly worse. She went back to the people where they got her surgery and they said her corena is too damaged to have surgery done again. It now pains her to look into bright lights and her vision is constantly degreading. Me and my dad already called the vision center threating them but they stopped answering the phone, we're about to get the police invovled. Just a heads up think twice before you get this surgery or you might end up like my sweet sweet mother. They took her vision from her and its just not right, be carefull yall!

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I went to Canada to get lasik done 12 years ago. It cost me $650/eye and I still have 20/10 vision after all those years. The only side-effect that I have, is that when I am super-tired at night, I see halos around brightly colored lights such as tail lights and traffic lights.