Lasik surgery for those with Astigmatism?
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.
I haven't had Lasik done but I am successfully able to work outside all day and with animals without my contacts bothering me. With contacts it's all about comfort and the type you get. Get soft lenses. And talk to your eye doctor if you have any discomfort that is continuous. I started off with one brand of soft contacts but it got to the point where I was unable to wear them for more than a half hour without extreme discomfort so I told my eye doctor and got them switched to a different brand that I can wear every single day without any discomfort. That was over 7 years ago. I have also switched different contact solutions over the years and am currently using Biotrue.
I would try contacts out before resorting to Lasik. After a good amount of time, at least a year, if you don't like contacts then go ahead and look at Lasik, but at least try contacts. I have no problem with mine when I'm working with animals all day. But you may need to try a few different types before you find some that work best for you.
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 LASIK done a little over a year ago and it was hands down one of the best investments ever. I had slight astigmatism and it wasn't an issue, in a lot of cases LASIK can apparently correct it? When you go for the initial screening they will tell you whether or not you're a good candidate but from what I gather most people are unless you have extremely bad astigmatism.
The cost is going to vary but where I went it was $4,200 and that included a lifetime "enhancement" fee which means in 10 or 20 years time if I need the surgery again it's free. It's definitely well worth the money! (I got mine done at LASIK MD in Canada which is great because they have like 50 locations around the country and I can go to any one of them in the future.)
I was unfortunately one of the very few people who had complications. When I came out of the surgery one eye was crystal clear and the other eye was still blurry. They tell you not to worry as that is a risk but in most cases it will correct itself, but it's obviously scary if you're the unlikely one. That went on for a couple weeks until we determined that it was my eyes drying out at night. The solution was to put a lubricant in my eye while I slept and that helped. (I also suffered from extreme dry eyes for the first few days and had to use drops every few minutes... it was awful but I'm told it's a rare side effect. I know people who had LASIK and never experienced the amount of dryness I did. I also suffered from "halos" when driving and still do if my eyes are dry... night time driving was terrifying the first few months!)
The procedure itself is a little bit uncomfortable. Fortunately, LASIK MD is one of the top places in Canada so they explained everything thoroughly and there were a few visits before the surgery so I knew what to expect. When the surgery takes place they will put drops in your eye to numb them, then place these metal hooks to force your eyes open. The doctor will then "shave" a very thin layer off of the eye which is the scariest part because you can feel the pressure... he will then fold it back to check the "flap" and despite your eyes being open everything goes black for a few seconds. As for the actual laser procedure, it's painless and done in like 30 seconds. That 30 seconds or so of comfortableness is well worth clear vision!
In short, highly recommended... and there has never been a confirmed case of someone going blind with LASIK but keep in mind there are a lot of real risks involved if you're unlucky - but fortunately most of them are correctable in time. Some people need more than 1 procedure to get clear vision and you have to wait at least 6 months before attempting again.
Thank you jinxremoving, I plan to find a few doctors for consultations but I want other folks opinions and hopefully not someone wanting to sell me a surgery if that makes sense?
I have dry eyes and use artificial tears during the dry parts of the year(most of the time here!) along with UV sunglasses to help protect my eyes as per my eye doctor, I was worried it maybe yet another issue for the surgery or contacts.
But again that would have to something I would discuss during the consultations.
Thank you everyone for your input!
I had vision corrective surgery (PRK, not Lasik, but same idea) and can't say enough good things about it.
I never had a problem with wearing either my contacts or my glasses. Here on the beach the wind and sand got my glasses dirty a lot and my contacts would get grimy, but it was never really a 'problem.' That said, I went for the eye surgery anyway. I had astigmatism in one eye and just nearsighted in the other. One of the BEST decisions I have ever made, I LOVE not having to deal with glasses or contacts, and I didn't even really think I had an issue with either in the first place.
ETA: The 'reason' I wanted to get eye surgery is a) I was blind without lenses, couldn't tell who was standing four feet away or read my alarm clock blind, and that sucked, b) using a microscope on a daily basis with lenses made me crazy and c) I was getting tired of cleaning my glasses or using eye drops with my contacts all the time. I still need eye drops for dry eye when on airplanes or when my allergies act up, but now, a little more than a year later, that's it.
Thank you Sharpie, I have not done the research yet since this is my latest "want" :)so I would not know the difference between PRK and Lasik.
I am glad you guys have had success with surgery! It sounds encouraging. I hope that I will be a good candidate. I was told before(forgot to post this in my reply to tempest) that contacts would not be good because of my working conditions. That was years ago and I am sure technology of contacts has upgraded with it. And the conditions not as aggravating given my work. So that may be an option now if the surgery is not.
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.
Some people do get pushed into LASIK and told they are good candidates when they are not. Unless you have an extremely well known and reputable LASIK center down there that you can trust a first opinion on, definitely visit a few and see if they say the same thing.
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.
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