Vision correction procedures - Types of laser eye surgeries | LASIK MD
The website above is where I got my surgery done, but they have one of the most informative websites out there regarding LASIK - even explains difference between LASIK and PRK. Spend a bit of time browsing the whole site, especially the "What To Expect" section with all of the sub topics on the left hand menu. The procedures are the same all over, so what they talk about will apply wherever you go.
Thank you for the link, I will check it out!
Cowchick, I was talked off from lasik by my eye doctor (who's one of the best lasik surgeons in my area). Because in most cases you develop dry eyes after that (and if you already have it it'll be much worse). As someone with dry eye issue all I can say it's quite bad, and makes your eyes vulnerable.
Also almost everyone I know who had lasik still had to use glasses, especially while working on computer. One person I know (also with astigmatism) had to go through several lasiks (yes, something to consider if things won't go well), and didn't do any better in the end.
Sorry to sound disappointing. I didn't want to scare you away, but just wanted to share my experience (because lasik is a big thing, and you can't turn back after you are done). Please, make sure to talk to several different ophthalmologists before making up your mind. Personally I'd still consider special contacts if you don't like glasses as much.
I did want to hear everyones experiences, good or bad :)
I do read and work on the computer without glasses, my problem is seeing distance(nearsighted? I always get farsighted and nearsighted mixed up) I would love to eliminate the glasses while riding and driving mostly. I do have dry eyes now so I will have to make that known to the doctors I consult with for sure because it is uncomfortable.
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
I had/have huge astigmatism and I had Lasik done back in 1997. Since then, I need to have an enhancement done because the astigmatism returns or gets bad again over time but I went 15 years without any correction at all after the surgery. Best money I ever spent, no question. And I'll do the enhancement, just have to find the time, money and a new surgeon because I've moved away from the original one.
Another success story :) But I didn't know that the astigmatism returns. I need to do some serious research.
Prefacing by saying I haven't read all the responses yet.
Why aren't contacts an option? My husband has extremely bad astigmatism. He wears contacts. He is outside all summer long in dust, dirt and pollen, probably more than what we deal with with horses as he teaches heavy equipment for the military. He wears his contacts 12+ hours a day. If you can get in to discuss the option versus surgery than I would look at that route.
Personally lasik would be the last ditch effort for me personally as I do NOT want someone poking around in my eyes... You are awake for it and you do see that needle and knife coming at your eye. *shudders*
When I first needed glasses I was discouraged from getting contacts given my line of work. But that was years ago and I have moved and changed eye doctors many times and none of them really tried to "sell" me on going with contacts. I remember in high school my best friend wore contacts and when we worked cows in dusty pens or trailed cattle to summer range she always wore glasses instead of her contacts because of the dust. So I thought that contacts were a bad idea.
I do think I may want to try them out while I get my money saved and do some thorough research about the Lasik.
You are awake for it but most LASIK center's offer several types of surgeries including a blade-free option - but that's usually the most expensive one. The blade is only used to cut open the flap to allow the laser to do it's magic afterwards. There's also no needle, lol.
Random bit of info... I initially paid for the blade-free option but when I went to get the surgery the backup generator that powers that specific machine failed. They said we could go ahead with it but if the power goes out, we would have to wait another six months. It was during a rain and wind storm, so I opted for the blade option and it wasn't too bad but a bit of an uncomfortable feeling. (There are less chances of a "bad flap" when using the laser, so if the OP does go through with LASIK try and get that one if you can afford it.)
Regardless, I echo what kitten_Val is saying. Get several opinions and if even one says you're not a candidate I would hold off. It took me a good year or two to build up the courage, and even though I think it was the best investment I ever made it was done after a lot of heavy thinking and research. The eyes are definitely something you don't want to mess up. :)
I agree, THANK YOU everyone for your responses!