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LASIK vs LASEK [Dec. 1st, 2009|06:20 am]
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sheisaeval
Posted this question at the thequestionclub community but didn't really get anything useful there.

What did you do? Lasek or Lasik? Why did you choose the one you did, or against the one you didn't?

Also, how as the procedure like? Any pain/discomfort during or after it? How long did the procedure take?
How was the recovery like? How long did it take before you were able to go about your normal routine? How long did it take after the procedure to get to your optimal vision?

How long ago was the procedure, and now, how do you feel about it? Any negatives or anything at all about your vision or eyes or anything that changed? Did your vision change any (in the negative sense) since the procedure, if the procedure had been years ago?
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Where to begin? [Nov. 7th, 2009|04:00 am]
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bohemiancloud
I was born 85% blind, and even though I've been wearing corrective lenses since I was old enough to run into tables, my vision is still, in short, sucky.
At my last check-up, they said I had somewhere around 20/400, with an astigmatism. My only options with contacts were gaspermeable or not at all. With the odd shape of my eye, getting them to fit right was damn near impossible, not to mention painful.
My doctor said I was a candidate for LASIK, with an estimated result between 20/40 and 20/60. I was also told that if I did not get the surgery, my vision will only get worse; I'll be blind before I'm 30. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but anything regarding my eyes terrifies me. My father decided he didn't want to pay for the surgery, and went on vacation instead. Such a loving family.

I'm 20, and I realized the other day that I couldn't accurately depict what my vision was like to my best friend because I simply didn't have anything to compare to. I've never seen sharply, and the mere fact that I've spent my whole life with smudged faces half-smiling at me makes me cry.

So when my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told her I wanted LASIK more than anything.. Even though I doubt she'll actually pay for it (there's a reason I'm on the coast when everyone else is back east), I want to plan everything out so she can if she decides to keep her promise.

So I ask, where do I go from here? I have insurance (at least for another four or five months), but I don't know of any eye doctors out here, or where I'd even go to get an evaluation again. Should I call my insurance provider for a referral? Should I go with a payment plan? Anyone know any good surgeons in the Bay area of California? I'm pretty lost, and scared. I'm afraid if I go to the wrong doctor I'll loose my sight for good. I couldn't live if I couldn't see... I wouldn't be able to draw anymore...

Help? Please?

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Just wondering how everyone's eyes are doing? [Feb. 20th, 2009|09:28 am]
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maestrodog
It has been 4 years since I had my LASIK operation, and I'm still seeing as well as ever. I'm just a point away from perfect, and my yearly eye exams have been constant since (incidentally, I'm also a T1 diabetic for those who have forgotten).

Hows everyone else's eyes doing?
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Had my 3 year check up yesterday... [Sep. 4th, 2008|02:43 am]
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heavensgoblin
[mood |sleepysleepy]

I had Lasik with Monovision (one eye for distance and one eye for reading).  I was a little afraid of what they would say because I don't feel I can see nearly as well but mainly this is at night and the end of my day.  I find myself squinting to read the guide on the TV and some road signs, but again, it's at night and at the end of my day.  My appointment was at 8:30am so I was "fresh" when I had it done and found (surprisingly) that I was 20/20 in my right eye (the one for distance) and 20/25 in the left (the one for reading, which the doctor said is perfectly fine due to the Monovision).  Together (not holding the little thing to cover one eye) I was reading the very bottom line on the chart for a total of 20/16. 

They explained to me (lol - yet again, how many times to they have to tell me?) that I need to keep using my lubricating drops 5-6 times a day.  I barely use them 1-2 times right now I must admit.  He gave me some samples and a mild prescription for glasses to "keep in your car for night time driving to be able to read road sign" but I told him I really don't want to resort to glasses again.  He laughed and said I don't need them when my eyes are hydrated and relaxed just when I'm tired and have dry eyes and he wants me to be safe.  I thanked him and put the prescription in my purse feeling a little let down that I may need to get glasses again and as we walked out he saw my disappointment and asked me about it.  He assured me my eyes have not regressed and my vision is fine and do not need to be touched up.  He said the glasses were just a tool until I can get home, safe, relaxed and hydrated again.  I think I understand.  lol - besides, I looked at the prescription and it was -0.50 for the right and -0.75 for the left, not much at all...still, I'll think about it.

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(no subject) [Jun. 26th, 2008|02:18 pm]
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oceandreams
I had PRK done 13 days ago. Things are still blurry but seem to be improving. They checked my eyes yesterday and my vision is now at 20/30...yay! It's a long recovery but definitely worth it =)
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LASIK on Friday and virus paranoia... [Apr. 29th, 2008|12:22 am]
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amberakamommy
Hi everyone, I have read a lot here and pretty much got all my questions answered, but I was wondering what happens if you catch a cold either just before or just after surgery or are sick when scheduled for the surgery. I am not sick right now, but other family members are and I am scared of catching a cold and having it mess up my lasik somehow... when I get a cold, it does usually effect my eyes with the redness/watering/pressure etc... any thoughts on colds or severe sinus problems and LASIK? Can it cause your surgery to not be performed properly etc? Should I be concerned about my kids giving me a virus and somehow messing it all up? TIA
Amber

PS - My surgery is on Friday May 2. Wish me luck!!!!
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(no subject) [Apr. 16th, 2008|05:03 pm]
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conejita_diabla
Well, had my evaluation today. I was told that I was only a candidate for PRK using the Zyoptix laser, not Lasik or either technique using a standard laser. I'm not shocked, but very disappointed I can't get Lasik (I thought with the Zyoptix there might be a chance), as the recovery time/time for vision to stabilise for PRK has me quite concerned. Also, it's far more expensive (due to the Zyoptix, not because it's PRK).

*sigh*

This may be far more difficult to do logistically than I'd hoped.
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Looking for clinic reviews [Apr. 11th, 2008|12:31 am]
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conejita_diabla
Does anyone have experience with the Lasik MD clinics across Canada (preferably the Calgary location specifically, but really any of them)?

Thank you!
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(no subject) [Nov. 15th, 2007|02:20 pm]
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cherepuga
I had Lasik done 2 days ago. Immediately afterwards my vision became perfect. I used to have - 4 and - 3,75 plus astigmatism. Now I can feel dryness and from time to time some kind of a foreign body in my eyes. My doctor says it will pass. Will it? What about your experience? Anyone felt sometning like that? Thank you!
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(no subject) [Nov. 9th, 2007|11:36 am]
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cherepuga
i would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has commented on my posts here. I have decided to have Lasik done. Hopefully it will do. I also wish everyone to recover soon after the surgery, and for those who had it done long ago - less complications. To that girl who deals with websites and sees ghost images - maybe you should go to another doctor? Your story touched me greatly as well as stories of the rest community members who have had complications. Be healthy and wealthy guys! And thank you again. I will report again after Lasik which is on the 13th.
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