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    11-04-2011, 01:31 PM
I'd like to know too! I can only see...maybe a foot in front of me without glasses or contacts, I have slight astigmatism and apparently I'm legally blind without my glasses! =O
I'd like to get Lasik in the next couple of years when I have the extra funds, I'm just a lil nervous! XD
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    11-04-2011, 01:48 PM
I'm very nervous too, which is why I haven't done it yet. My job is changing the max amount on their Flexible Spending accounts next year, so if I hope to be able to afford it, I need to get going!
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    11-04-2011, 02:01 PM
I had LASIK on October 14th and the procedure itself wasn't too bad. It's kind of freaky when they lift the flap and everything goes black despite your eyes being open but it returns after a few seconds. There was some slight pressure from the procedure itself but nothing unmanageable. When I came out of the operating room my vision was very blurry, they stuck some sunglasses on me and I had to sit around for another hour while they checked the results, showed me how to apply the drops and made sure everything was OK.

As soon as I stepped outside my eyes started hurting really, really bad. I guess the wind was blowing underneath the sun glasses and that aggravated the eyes. You'll notice your eyes are extremely dry for the first few days, I had to apply drops every 15-20 minutes and waking up in the morning was awful... I could barely open my eyes it was a very weird sensation. Almost like sand in the eye? After a week and a half I was able to use the drops every hour and the dryness seems to be improving.

I did have a minor complication, one of my eyes was blurry while the other one had near perfect vision. Unfortunately the eye that was blurry was the focusing eye due to me having a slightly lazy eye as a kid. I was rather depressed about it, wondering if they under corrected me and how long it'll be blurry for, some people said it could be months! I saw LASIK two or three times and they reassured me it would sort it self out but they didn't actually know what the problem was but said it's a 1/1000th thing. Lucky me? This week, the vision in the blurry eye has greatly improved since I switched to a different brand of eye drops and I go for my 3 week follow up tomorrow. I'm guessing it was dryness that was causing the blurred vision.

Another side effect for me was the "starbursts" when I drive, where light poles and car lights have the rays coming off of them. It's very noticeable when I drive, I don't feel unsafe driving at night but I definitely feel handicapped by it. I'm told it can take up to six months to go away but well worth the results of LASIK. I still think I have contacts in at times, it's so weird to wake up and be able to see without fumbling for glasses.

I highly recommend LASIK to anyone - just don't go with the expectation that you will see 20/20 the next day. I made that mistake and was disappointed when I couldn't see clearly for a few days, but now three weeks later I'm very happy with the results. Awfully pricey though, my procedure came in at $4,100 out of pocket since I have no insurance. :(
    11-04-2011, 04:32 PM
Thank you for the update! Sorry to hear you had some complications. Was there any indication before you went in that something might not work perfectly right away? Did they seem concerned with your health and how you were feeling about it, or did they just say, 'it'll heal.' Did they tell you if the starbursts will ever go away? How about the dry eye? Sorry for so many questions!
    11-04-2011, 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by MicKey73    
Thank you for the update! Sorry to hear you had some complications. Was there any indication before you went in that something might not work perfectly right away? Did they seem concerned with your health and how you were feeling about it, or did they just say, 'it'll heal.' Did they tell you if the starbursts will ever go away? How about the dry eye? Sorry for so many questions!
There was no indication that I was at a higher risk for any complications. The two Doctors both said I was a perfect candidate but they outlined all the risks involved with LASIK in general. There are TONS of things that can go wrong but they often show you the odds of it occurring. My biggest concern was a bad flap where it was cut too narrow or not evenly and then they have to abort the procedure and try again in six months. (There has never been a recorded instance of someone going blind due to LASIK. They say it's a risk but it has never occurred since the FDA started monitoring the procedures.)

The clinic I went to was extremely thorough in answering all of my questions, explaining the procedure from start to finish in great detail and they took good care of me. I still cannot get over how nice they were! However, when I went for my followup the next day after LASIK they did not seem concerned about the blurry eye and almost shrugged it off like it was a common thing despite their own marketing literature saying it's not common. That did bug me because everything I read online said otherwise. On my two week appointment the Doctor finally expressed some concern saying the results should be better by now and he suggested I try different eye drops which did work. :)

They did mention that the starbursts and halo's at night often go away but it usually takes months for that to happen. In some cases they may never go away, it's another one of those risks you take with the procedure. This is what the information booklet they gave me states:

After the procedure, some patients may experience an optical effect called a “halo” or a “starburst” around lights at night or in dim light. These effects are for the most part temporary, typically lasting between two (2) weeks to three (3) months after surgery. These symptoms occur due to residual water in the eyes that is eventually absorbed. Glare and halos may be permanent in 1-2% of patients and these complications are more likely to occur in patients with high levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness or with larger-thanaverage pupil size.
From what I understand everyone has dry eyes after LASIK. If you're prone to dry eyes then your risk will be greater and you may have to get punctal plugs (tubes) inserted into your tearducts. I personally never had a problem with dry eyes, even with contacts, and the dryness that I have now as a result of LASIK is clearing up as the days go on. I'm getting more and more impressed with the results.

That's the information booklet they gave me. I would also suggest reading their website, even if you're going to another clinic. LASIK MD | Laser eye surgery - Custom lasik vision correction - they have tons of information there, it really answered most of my questions before I even showed up. :)
    11-04-2011, 05:33 PM
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My mom had it done about 6 years ago.I think it depends on your eyesight, whether it will last.
The doctors told her it might only last about 5 years for her & my mom just had to get glasses again last winter.
Just be sure to use the drops and keep the sun glasses on lol or they will hurt for the first little while.

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