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Posted on 05/31/2011 4:04:02 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
My wife would like to get Lasik surgery to correct her farsightedness. I haven't really paid much attention to it since it first became common but back then I remember reading that, while it corrected your vision to 20/20 in the near term, over time your vision could actually end up being worse than it would have been if you didn't get it corrected in the first place and just aged naturally. Have they improved the technology to the point where that is no longer a problem?
I have read up on the procedure but most of the sites are run by people with an agenda (selling laser vision correction) so I would rather hear from some unbiased Freepers. Thanks.
Check out this website and do your own search of complications.
The last time I researched, about 50% have some kind of complications and 5% have serious complications.
The images tab is quite useful although it is difficult to replicate actual images.
I fall into that 5% category and have several complications. The most serious is irregular astigmatism.
You have to make up your own mind. Make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Two main reasons are the cause of complications, not being a good candidate and surgeon skill, which centered mostly about using the microkeratome. the latter has been replaced with a laser these days and mitigates much of that risk.
I would recommend that if you do have the procedure done, do ONLY ONE EYE. If it works out, then get the other.
I have a contact and my untreated eye, and well the other, I just don’t have practical vision.
Eventually, because of age I won’t be able to wear a contact, and then I don’t know what. I cannot wear glasses.
I had Lasik done in my right eye and PRK in my left eye. I wish I’d done both sooner. With Lasik my right eye was 15/20 within a week and with PRK it took me about two months to get to 20/20 in my left eye. I did have some problems with night vision and halo’s but that went away after 3 months or so. I picked my surgeon based on the number of surgeries he’d done along with the fact that he was the surgeon for all the local sports teams. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with the results.
They say your brain adjusts for it.
I went to a consultation in 1994 and it took until 2010 to get the nerve to do it. I waited until the technology got to a point where I had confidence in the procedure.
As far as I know - nada.
loss of clear near vision is a result of age, loss of elasticity, hence, loss of ability to refocus or even focus at close range.
I use readers about 40% of the time, and I always use them when I first wake up (Because you aren't focused on anything while sleeping?).
I've had my eyes done twice, way back in the scalpel days, and almost twenty years later by Lasex. Neither was a trauma but the Lasex bordered on being fun.
DO NOT se3ledft your doctor based on price, go with numbers of successful surgeries and reputation/quality of the facility. Sorry, but there are some failures out there, go ahead and pay the added bucks as insurance against any other form of added price.
Where Carrie was painted with a Popeye arm?? That was hysterical. The actors playing Doug and Carrie are perfectly cast. Doug looks and acts like my brother and my best friend is Carrie Sr. She is from the Bronx and talks just like her.
Did you see the one where they went with Deacon and his wife to a B & B and Deacon made a music tape for he and his wife to have sex to? The song they did it to was by Marvin Gaye, Let’s get it on. Doug knew what the tape was for and they had rooms next to each other. C and D heard the song about 20 times and started questioning whether or not the 3 times a month they did it was enough. Too funny.
I’m a LASIK surgeon and have done over 60,000. I was the first eye doctor to have laser vision correction (way back in 1991). It was the best thing I’ve ever done! I’ve done Lasik (and related procedures) on my wife, son, S-I-L, hundreds of LEOs, athletes, and even plaintiff’s attorneys!! BTW, for those concerned regarding LASIK, the military (after many years of study) has wholeheartedly endorsed the procedure. In fact, the military eye surgeons are now the world’s largest LASIK providers (in volume). Many of your Top Gun Naval aviators have had successful LASIK, as have NASA astronauts. As they say, “If it’s good enough for them...”.
We also have a wonderful program where we do free LASIK for Wounded Warriors and their primary caregivers. I’ve never had more appreciative and more inspiring patients!
LASIK is a wonderful procedure, but it is a surgery and there is no such thing as a risk-free surgery. The risks are quite low and it is relevant to remember that contact lenses are also far from risk-free (in fact, the only risk-free way of correction vision is with glasses!).
If you or any other Freepers have specific questions, feel free to message me directly.
Had it done ten years ago and I’m extremely happy. Of course, I was blind as a bat before, so I didn’t have much to lose! Now I’ve got 20/30 vision, a great improvement over what I had before.
As far as I know - nada.
I think they're using laser for that too. I believe it's called monovision or something like that.
I was the same, 20/900, 20/950, and had radial keratotomy 13 years ago. It was a true miracle, a blessing, and I am still thrilld with it.
RK is less comfortable, healing, but I had a terrific surgeon, and recommend it over lasik. Just mho.
Mine was corrected from 20/850-900 (the doctor told me he could only guesstimate because my vision was that bad, but that legal blindness was 20/1000 and my vision wasn’t much of an improvement) to 20/15. That was back in 2003; I just turned 46 and I’ve had to buy 1.25 reading glasses for small print and close up work-but I would certainly have developed presbyopia anyway. No changes as to eye dryness ; my night vision re : headlights *might* be a bit worse, but then, my mother developed night vision problems around age 40, and she’s never had any work on her eyes.
So, I've decided another pathway to better my eyesight.
I've researched the Bates Method and Meir Schneider's Yoga for Your Eyes (you can probably get the VHS from your library or watch the youtube vids).
I realize doing the execises takes effort, commitment, and a certain belief that it's possible. I guess over time I will be able to let you know that it worked or not.
That's great to hear! :-)
I had my LASIK done in 2003 in Kansas City Ks (Overland Park). It cost over $3000 and it was worth every cent.No problems here.
had it done 10 years back with no regrets.
had it done 10 years back with no regrets.
I got through consultations and then backed out.
If you plan to look in to this, check out this guy’s website, and read up on the technologies and procedures he uses, he is the go to guy for celebrities in Manhattan... He’s done surgery on pro athletes... and had them back in the gym 4 days later. He is a researcher and inventor/innovator of many of the vision correction surgeries used throughout the world.
OMG!!! We got an eye chopper in the house! LOL
I had LASIK back in 2005. My vision went from 20/600 in both eyes to 20/20 and 20/25. The eye with less perfect vision has probably gone to 20/30 by now. I thought it strange that I could go from such bad vision to being able to tell the difference of 5 or 10 in one eye from the other! I’ve had some problems with dry eyes, not so good night vision and vision that gets messed up with too much time under florescent lights ~ of which only the problem with florescent lights is new for me. I had the dry eyes and problems with night vision when I wore contacts. I started wearing glasses when I was about 10, so having the surgery after wearing contacts or glasses for 30+ years and not having to wear glasses or deal with contacts has been wonderful. My only advise would be that IF your wife gets the surgery, she should make sure she takes the pain meds they give you for after the surgery whether she thinks she needs them or not. I didn’t take the meds, I felt fine, no pain, fell asleep when I got home and awoke to the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt in my life!! My eyes felt like they were on fire and I would have ripped them out if I could have! :~( The next morning I was fine.
And to the poster who said that this surgery is about vanity, that could not be further from the truth for most people, I think. I know it had nothing to do with it for me and everything to do with being tired of wearing glasses and tired of dealing with the upkeep regimen of contacts day in and day out, year after year.
Best thing ever. No more glasses, contacts, etc. I can wake up and see the alarm clock!!
It lets ya wear all the really cool sunglasses....do yr research and have at it!