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LASIK vs LASEK [Dec. 1st, 2009|06:20 am]
And now we can see...


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?

[User Picture]From: reasonjo
2009-12-01 10:06 am (UTC)
I had intralase lasik. I have no real idea what the difference between 'intralase lasik' and plain old ordinary lasik is. Something to do with how poor my eyesight was to start with I think.

If you go back through a few entries and read the comments you should find the answers to most of your questions - I know that I've answered most of your questions via this forum before and so have a few other people.

I'll give you the short answers though.. that way you can decide if it's worth trawling through old entries.

I didn't choose Lasik. The doctor's told me it was the only option I had (for my eyes.)
The procedure is uncomfortable, but not painful.
My eyes were really dry and scratchy for a few days afterward, but they gave me a gazillion eye drops to use and I followed their instructions.
I was back to normal within two or three days (well, reasonably close.. my eyes have never quite made it back to normal - I now have severe dry eye.)
Took a good few months for my vision to settle - but I had complications.
The procedure was in Dec 2005 (right eye) and Jan 2006 (left eye). I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

There is more detail, especially about my complications and how they continue to affect me in old entries. :)
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[User Picture]From: ladyeuthanasia
2009-12-01 06:23 pm (UTC)

What reasonjo said.

I had complications of the sort people dread. It's been almost 4 years now. I've adjusted. The complications have lessened with time. I won't repeat everything here. I suggest you go back to 2006 and read those entries. I didn't try to get the doctor to fix them for lots of reasons. Just make sure you get THE BEST doctor. He might be the most expensive. Don't go cheap! JUST DON'T.

Despite the problems, I have damned good eyesight that I'm grateful for every day.
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