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CaptKennyW
03-22-2012, 08:40 PM
Who has had it done? Good Bad and Ugly please.

I hate wearing glasses and contacts are not for me. My prescription has not changed in the last few years, but I do have a slight astigmatism in one of my eyes.

Im a tugboat operator by profession, so if my eyes get screwed up im SOL. Thats what has been holding me up for so long, but im to the point where im ready to make an appointment with a lasik OD to see what can be done.

Thanks


Phillyfish
03-22-2012, 08:48 PM
I wear contacts... My mothers friend (when LASIK was new) lost a lot of vision from the procedure.,- and my aunt is receptionist at a LASIK office and 2 of her 4 children have contacts- when I asked her about the surgery (about 10 years ago)- she simply said that her children haven't had it - take away from it ..- I've also met about 8 people who wondered why they didn't get it sooner--- I don't mind contacts personally

xl883lo
03-22-2012, 09:20 PM
Who has had it done? Good Bad and Ugly please.

I hate wearing glasses and contacts are not for me. My prescription has not changed in the last few years, but I do have a slight astigmatism in one of my eyes.

Im a tugboat operator by profession, so if my eyes get screwed up im SOL. Thats what has been holding me up for so long, but im to the point where im ready to make an appointment with a lasik OD to see what can be done.

Thanks

Here is the real answer.:thumbsup:

http://www.staar.com/


NoFearEyes
03-22-2012, 09:23 PM
My son and his wife had it done at Emory by one of the pioneers in the technology. Absolutely no problems and perfect vision.

ONLY go to physician that has done the procedure many times and has latest equipment and very current training. I would go to a major Medical School in area that has very highly rated Ophtamology Dept.

Emory, Bascolm Palmer at UM are two I would trust.

CindyLou
03-23-2012, 05:01 AM
My son and his wife had it done at Emory by one of the pioneers in the technology. Absolutely no problems and perfect vision.

ONLY go to physician that has done the procedure many times and has latest equipment and very current training. I would go to a major Medical School in area that has very highly rated Ophtamology Dept.

Emory, Bascolm Palmer at UM are two I would trust.


Good advice. I had mine done in Boston by a well known Dr. I wore glasses (couldn't deal with contacts and sticking my finger in my eyes), and I can't say enough how great it's been not wearing them. 20/20 vision, zero complaints. It makes a huge difference if you are on the water a lot, swimming, skiing, etc. Do it.

mickmc
03-23-2012, 05:32 AM
Had mine done in Montreal 11 years ago with zero problems. Canada has health care so it was only $700 for both eyes and was done at McGill University. Best thing I ever did and I've referred several people who all had great results.

mtty
03-23-2012, 07:47 AM
I had it 6 years ago. You can go with laser or traditional. Difference is recovery time and price, laser being more expensive. I was nearsighted so the correction simply changed my vision to farsight. I had to wear readers when I had contacts in anyway so I figured not being able to see distances was the greater evil of the two. Walmart readers at $5 vs. contacts at $200. Decision was easy.

mangoinboard
03-23-2012, 07:54 AM
Best thing I ever did.

buzzellc
03-23-2012, 07:58 AM
Best thing I ever did.

X2

CindyLou
03-23-2012, 08:10 AM
BTW, there is no decision between laser and traditional. Go laser...we're talking about your eyes, and you want the best Dr and the best technology. If you can't afford the laser, wait and save up for it.

dlevitt
03-23-2012, 08:21 AM
I was advised against it by my Dr. The reason had nothing to do with the fact that it generally works great for the patient. The reason is that I am in my 40's and an unfortunate fact of life is that as we get older, we will need reading glasses anyway. Sure enough, when I was 43, it was time for progressive bifocals.

I do have contacts for when I'm swimming, etc, but I just deal with the fact that I have to wear glasses to see.

If you don't mind having to carry reading glasses with you then I think that it may be a worthwhile proceedure. I think that the bad experiences are the exception to the rule. Having said that, I would only go to a "high quality" Dr. and not one of the "discount Lasic factories".

cjd
03-23-2012, 08:22 AM
X2

X3.


Go to someone who has done it a ton. My guy did a bunch of pro athletes, so I figured he had the chops.

woke up the next day and seeing the clock brought tears to my eyes.

I did mine on a Friday morning, took some sleeping pills, and slept through the day. The first couple days are HUGE in the healing process. Take time off and heal correctly.

notdeankane
03-23-2012, 08:40 AM
BTW, there is no decision between laser and traditional. Go laser...we're talking about your eyes, and you want the best Dr and the best technology. If you can't afford the laser, wait and save up for it.

Had it done two years ago now.

There wasn't a choice for me....there were "thin spots" on my cornea which dictated PRK versus LASIK.

THe difference is that with LASIK the epithelium (outermost membrane) is cut as a flap, the cornea corrected and the epithelium put back in place...recovery is short.

There is a higher incidence of dry eye syndrome and starlighting effect with Lasik.

PRK the epithelium is removed completely, the cornea corrected, then the epithelium allowed to regrow. A little more discomfort, and longer recovery. It took a week or so to regrow, and my vision did not fully correct/adjust for several months.

I now have 20/10 vision....better than normal.

I was offered the 'mono-vision' i.e. one eye for distance and one eye for reading, but decided to have binocular distance vision, and use readers for close up...(I'm 47...no stopping the aging process). I am also a OUPV capt...so decided that sharp distance is more desirable (for me) than near vision.

I would certainly do it again, and wished I had done it long ago. It is the best decision I have ever made

My 2 cents.

lasik1
03-23-2012, 09:14 AM
I have done a few and can heartily recommend it, its an amazing procedure and the complication rate is far less than 1%. I generally recommend LASIK over PRK- much faster healing, no chance of corneal haze. I would look for the Allegretto laser for the correction and the Intralase for flap creation.

notgottaboatyet
03-23-2012, 09:22 AM
My uncle was legally blind w.o his glasses. Had the surgery and says if he ever had a problem he'd go right back to them. He had them done atleast 8 yrs ago.

westiemax
03-23-2012, 11:02 AM
Best thing I ever did.

x3

Big Island Lifer
03-23-2012, 01:36 PM
I had a great experience. I had Lasik. Make sure you know what you are getting. I have a cousin that went in for Lasik and didn't understadn that she was getting Lasek or PEK. She was freaked out and miserable for a week. She now swears by it although she would never do it again.

A word of caution about teaching institutions. The main Dr or surgeon probably isn't operating on you. It is a place for learning and the new students gotta learn on someone. A "learning Curve" is just another excuse to say - "we're hurting someone"

Reely Nice GW
03-23-2012, 01:44 PM
Good advice. I had mine done in Boston by a well known Dr. I wore glasses (couldn't deal with contacts and sticking my finger in my eyes), and I can't say enough how great it's been not wearing them. 20/20 vision, zero complaints. It makes a huge difference if you are on the water a lot, swimming, skiing, etc. Do it.



X2 Dr. Rapoza is THE BEST......................:thumbsup::thumbsup::thu mbsup::thumbsup:

magua
03-23-2012, 02:30 PM
There have been several in my office who have had the procedure done over the last 10 years.

The one thing that spooks me since I am dependent on corrective lens and contemplate having the surgery is that more than a few are using eye drops for dry eyes they never had prior to the procedure.

One of my co - workers after lunch more than a few times needs to stop at Rite -Aid or someplace like that to re up on eye drops.

He says the eyes are very dry however got a bit better with time.

ericinmich
03-23-2012, 03:05 PM
My wife did a bunch today... that makes me an expert!

Don't go to a mill. She has seen a number of folks who got them done who's eyes are outside of what most docs would do (pupil size, cornea thickness, etc). Complications and poor follow up...

Not everyone is a good candidate. And some options are better than others depending on the patient.

Get and keep all your pre op records as they are helpful if/when you get cataracts out. This becomes more important with all the custom implant options now available. Depending on your age, save your money for an upgrade on lens implant options.

go fish
03-23-2012, 05:16 PM
14 year ago. Best investment I made. Night vision is not as good though.

MacCTD
03-24-2012, 04:51 AM
Roughly what does it cost?

PMaine
03-24-2012, 05:14 AM
Best thing I ever did!!

5 years ago I paid $4000

ericinmich
03-24-2012, 07:50 AM
Roughly what does it cost?

$500-$2000 per eye. Depends on what you need and want.

MacCTD
03-24-2012, 08:37 AM
$500-$2000 per eye. Depends on what you need and want.

Thanks, I am in MA near Boston so I assume there are some pretty good places to have it done, I will look into it. :thumbsup:

Spooled
03-24-2012, 10:02 AM
had it done a while back then a touchup a couple of years ago-best thing I ever did-still dont need readers at age 53 and have I eye adjusted for sistance and the other for closeup.

With contacts my eyes were so bad nearsighted that I needed to correct the contact power with a negative adjustment. When I went for the touchup and thats when we went I asjusted for distance other closeuo.


Wife is going in in april to go monvision-the bifocal thing glasses driving her crazy

Do it

PMaine
03-24-2012, 11:33 AM
Thanks, I am in MA near Boston so I assume there are some pretty good places to have it done, I will look into it. :thumbsup:

I used a place in Portsmouth NH, they were great.

My night vison is perfect, I paid extra for a special proceedure that helps with the typical lasik induced night vison "problems".

Gator56
03-24-2012, 01:41 PM
My wife had terrible vision but now it's good and only needs reading glasses but she now also gets severe headaches and she's not one to complain at all but you can see it in her face when the headaches come on and I read up on laser and this is a possible side effect. We did go to a top rated Atlanta specialist.

CindyLou
03-26-2012, 06:50 AM
Thanks, I am in MA near Boston so I assume there are some pretty good places to have it done, I will look into it. :thumbsup:

I went to Boston Laser. Dr. Melki is very good--I would highly recommend. 4yrs ago I believe mine was about $5k all in (including a lifetime tune up upgrade...so I can go back whenever I want/ need a tune up). I set up a healthcare savings account through work, which was funded at the beginning of the year. I paid for the surgery from it, and then pre-tax payments were taken out of each pay check over the full year. If you can, it's a nice way to spread it out, and pre-tax is always nice.

lasik1
03-26-2012, 08:47 AM
My choice in Boston would be John Talamo, one of my LASIK instructors.

Motivator
03-26-2012, 11:07 AM
Was told this morning I was not a good candidate for this type of surgery...Age not a factor, dry eyes not a factor, no physical problems with makeup of eyes. My prescription is +/-(can't remember which)1.25 in both eyes, Dr. told me he could only give me one focal point and not the overall improvement I am looking for.
Stuck with contacts and glasses.

John_Madison CT
03-26-2012, 06:19 PM
Here is the real answer.:thumbsup:

http://www.staar.com/


Lasik is a dinasour compared this newest technology. Implantable contact lenses.

Check them out. It's a 30 min or less procedure, 20/20 or better eyesight. You can always take them out if there's an issue.

Lasik is not reversible. People have complications.

Check it out before someone attacks your eye with a laser beam.

tango2echo
03-26-2012, 08:40 PM
Had mine done in Montreal 11 years ago with zero problems. Canada has health care so it was only $700 for both eyes and was done at McGill University. Best thing I ever did and I've referred several people who all had great results.

I recently looked into it locally (NC) and was quoted $5800+/- plus "touch-ups'. While on vacation in Ontario, I spoke with a DR. who is one of the training surgeons for Discus Optic (one of the companies that make the LASIK machines) and he said it would cost me $700 per eye and you should NEVER need a touch-up proceedure. He does about 100-120 LASIKs a year. Think I am going that route.

t2e

CaptKennyW
03-26-2012, 10:16 PM
Lasik is a dinasour compared this newest technology. Implantable contact lenses.

Check them out. It's a 30 min or less procedure, 20/20 or better eyesight. You can always take them out if there's an issue.

Lasik is not reversible. People have complications.

Check it out before someone attacks your eye with a laser beam.

Oh yeah? The reason I dont like contacts is that they fog up on me about half way through the day, and itch and burn all day. I dont like sticking my finger in my eye either.

John_Madison CT
03-27-2012, 04:30 AM
Oh yeah? The reason I dont like contacts is that they fog up on me about half way through the day, and itch and burn all day. I dont like sticking my finger in my eye either.


These are implanted. You never touch them.

CindyLou
03-27-2012, 05:04 AM
I recently looked into it locally (NC) and was quoted $5800+/- plus "touch-ups'. While on vacation in Ontario, I spoke with a DR. who is one of the training surgeons for Discus Optic (one of the companies that make the LASIK machines) and he said it would cost me $700 per eye and you should NEVER need a touch-up proceedure. He does about 100-120 LASIKs a year. Think I am going that route.

t2e


How could he say you should never need a touch-up? They are correcting your vision. If your vision changes again (gets worse), you'd need a touch-up. I'm obviously not a Dr., but it seems to make sense to me.

notdeankane
03-27-2012, 01:55 PM
These are implanted. You never touch them.

Interocular implants...basically flexible lenses inserted behind the cornea inside your eye thru a small incision.

Sounds reasonable enough...if your vision changes they can remove them and insert new ones.

I looked into those before PRK...was advised my needed correction wasn't enough to have them. Pretty expensive a couple years ago.



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