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    04-29-2013, 08:41 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Okay, thank you. I assumed that contacts were not an option for someone that lives in a sandy and windy area like I do. My eyes get irritated enough so I thought that contacts would be horrible to wear if the sand got underneath them. I will ask ask my eye doctor :)
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.
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    04-29-2013, 08:57 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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.
I never had dry eye problems until I had LASIK, but it's totally manageable at least from my perspective. If someone did have serious dry eye issues prior to LASIK then I can only imagine how much worse it could get... however, in Canada you can get "plugs" inserted into your tear ducts that will greatly reduce the amount of problems people experience with severe dry eyes after having LASIK. I'm not sure if it's a common procedure in the USA but I have heard of great success up here. (It's only an extra couple hundred to get done and a permanent fix, although you could get temporary plugs inserted if you want.)

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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 can only speak for myself and people I know first hand who had LASIK, but we don't need glasses to read or use the computer. It was explained to me that as I get older (I'm 29) that the probability of needing reading glasses will go up but they mentioned it would be in the 40's and beyond... however, my mother had LASIK done and she never needed reading glasses even when she was in her late 50's. Another option later on would be to have LASIK mono-vision which will help those who need reading glasses and see afar:

http://www.lasikmd.com/ottawa/proced...ion/monovision

I've worn contacts since I was 12/13 (!) back when glass lenses were still common up until I was 27. Even with all of the risks and complications and so fourth, LASIK was the best thing ever for me - but one has to understand that wearing contacts for so long ends up becoming a PITA after a while. I hated getting dust in my eyes when riding... I hated how even the most sensitive contacts would aggravate me after 12 hours... I have insane OCD so I hated wearing glasses that smudged. For me, getting LASIK was freedom but I also felt that way when I initially went from glasses to contacts... so the OP might feel the same way, especially with all the lenses out there for astigmatism.
     
    04-29-2013, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
I never had dry eye problems until I had LASIK, but it's totally manageable at least from my perspective. If someone did have serious dry eye issues prior to LASIK then I can only imagine how much worse it could get... however, in Canada you can get "plugs" inserted into your tear ducts that will greatly reduce the amount of problems people experience with severe dry eyes after having LASIK.
jinx, yes they put "plugs" too here. :) But if you have a severe dryeness (I do unfortunately, it got worse because of the contacts I was wearing daily) it doesn't help all that much.

I think with lasik it really depends on each person eye condition. That's why I said don't go with just one opinion: do some research, find 2-3 ophthalmologists with the best reviews, and visit all of them to make sure you do the right thing.
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    04-29-2013, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Any one here with Astigmatism have the Lasik surgery done?

I hate wearing glasses! It isn't a vanity thing really but more of remembering them when I drive or go somewhere, they get scratched easily and they are expensive because of the Asigmatism. They slide down my nose when I ride(I realize that is a fit problem) and I have lost and broke glasses due to horse wrecks. Contacts are really not an option, I don't think, given the irritation from being outside a lot, dust, pollen etc., but if I am wrong then someone please educate me.

I am considering having the Lasik done so I can throw the glasses away and go back to having good vision without them! I used to have perfect vision and it has been frustrating not being able to see like I used to.

If someone here has had it done please tell me about your experience. Was it worth the money? Did you have complications? How long did it take to recover? How did you find and decide to use the doctor that performed the surgery? Or anything else worth sharing.
Thanks!
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*
     
    04-29-2013, 11:57 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
You are awake for it and you do see that needle and knife coming at your eye. *shudders*
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. :)
     
    04-29-2013, 08:43 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
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!

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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.

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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
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.

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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
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.

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Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
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!
     
    04-29-2013, 08:53 PM
  #17
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I'll preface this by saying that I've not read all the responses in detail...skimmed yes, but not read in depth.

I had quite severe astigmatism. When I went in for my consult, they said that I probably would still need glasses after Lasik because it was so bad. But, I took the plunge anyway.

I had the surgery about 7 years ago. If I remember this correctly, they had the laser on each eye for well over a minute which I was told was unusual. But it was due to the severity of my astigmatism.

Coming out of the procedure, after the numbing wore off, my one eye hurt quite a lot which I didn't expect. But the doctor put some more numbing drops in and it helped right away. The next morning I woke up and et voila! I could see without contacts and no pain. It was wonderful and I don't regret it at all.

Since then, my eyes have worsened. I do need reading glasses now, but that is due to age, working on computers all day and the sheer amount of reading I do (one of my favorite pastimes).

I do need distance glasses when I drive at night now, sometimes sitting in the back of the room during presentations, and in the rain. I think a lot of that is due to eye strain and tiredness. But during the day, I don't need glasses at all and it really is wonderful.

I don't have issues with dry eyes, nor with starbursts from on-coming headlights when I drive.

So in short, well worth it in my opinion!
     
    04-29-2013, 09:12 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Thank you for sharing :)
I probably should wear some readers when reading(I too love to read) and working/playing on the computer. I think my initial doctor visit was due to eye strain. At the time working at a bullet factory staring at bullets running down a belt under a bright light looking for defects and the eye doctor had said that eye strain may be the cause of my vision worsening. I had perfect 20/20 before.
     
    04-29-2013, 10:12 PM
  #19
Weanling
I had Lasik done a year ago and it was one of the best investments I've ever made. I had severe astigmatism and have had surgery done on my eyes 5-6 times throughout my childhood. I had contacts in my teenage years but absolutely hated them. Especially with my severe allergies they would always get stuck in the corner of my eyes or I would blink them out. I didn't qualify for Lasik a couple years ago but when I went a year ago I was a borderline candidate.

I was given Lorazepam beforehand. It's not painful at all. You feel a bit of pressure and can't see anything for 2 sec before they shoot the laser. That's about it. I was off work for one day and back the next day with perfect vision. I really don't have any complaints about it. It is a bit costly but it's worth it. I see better than I ever have with glasses or contacts and so far have seen no regression. I did get lifetime guarantee so any enhancements afterward are free.
     

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