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post #31 of 47
My husband was thinking about LASIK surgery, but his profession is Truck driving. He needs the shaprness and night vision, it might not be for him.

I am going to send him a link of this post and the links you guys posted... This is something he is interested in. (this is a great topic)

Me.. I have had my glasses since I was in 4th grade and learn to not mind them. I can still see without them but my hubby is blind without his glasses. I cannot wear contacts, they bother my eyes to much. : (sigh)
post #32 of 47
I'm thinking about having LASIK done - going for a consultation at a second clinic today. My eyes are dreadful (-11 dioptres) and I would so love to be able to SEE properly.

However I'm a bit nervous because at the moment I have superb eyesight with my glasses on & maybe I shouldn't mess with that? I'm told they'll have to remove about 200 nm of my cornea (down from 500) which seems like a big chunk. All they'll say is that the 'lower limit' is 250nm and anything above that is safe.

I'm not really sure how to pick a clinic - they all advertise they are the 'best' in some special way but I'm not an expert in different types of laser, what I want to know is the risks of having people fiddle with my eyes. All I do know is that I won't go to anyone who tries to get my custom based on low prices - I don't want someone skimping on me.
post #33 of 47
I had the procedure done over a year ago and am absolutely delighted -- it has literally changed my life. I have had no complications and currently have 20/15 vision.

The one caution I would suggest (as many others on this list have already done) is know your physican and his track record. Also, know and understand your personal situation -- some folks fall within a "box" that has a very high probablility of success. Others can benefit from lasik, but may not be "ideal" candidates. be sure you know the downside as it applies to you.
post #34 of 47
Further investigation shows there's only 1 clinic in the UK who are prepared to do my eyes ('we have the best technology'...)

Has anyone with a prescription the size of mine had it done? Do you know what the results are like now (rather than a study done a few years ago)?
post #35 of 47
Frances

You live in London, Moorfields Eye Hospital is one of europe's premier eye hospitals. The procedures are only carried out by consultant level specialists.

The only downside is they charge £1,300 - £1,500 per eye!
post #36 of 47
I had my eyes done in Surry, Canada in December 1999 at Lexington LaserVision and have been very happy with the results since day 1. Before the surgery I had 20/300 left eye and 20/400 right with astigmatism. Since the surgery I'm 20/20 each eye and I read 20/15 with both eyes. My site is better then its ever been with glasses or contacts and night vision has minimal halo (less then with contacts). I highly recommend the procedure to anyone wanting to rid themselves of glasses/contacts. The actual surgery is very short........and as long as your careful for the 2-3 weeks afterwards you'll be fine. Canada has been doing the surgery longer then the USA for the most part, and is usually cheaper. Lexington does (or did at that time) 60-70 people per day. With that kind of experience and the number of satisfied people I would recommend them to anyone in the northwest...they have an office in the Seattle area but do the actual surgery in Canada, and even have a bus that can take you there and back....pretty cool.

Good Luck......
post #37 of 47
I'm 50 now. Had it done 4 years ago. Started skiing this year. Lost a little vision (went from 20/12 to 20/15) and night vision. Never noticed the vision lost at altitude (flying, but over 9,500 I go on oxygen anyway).

The one thing I love about it is being able to wake up in the morning and know that when I see the alarm clock, that is the worst vision I will have all day.
post #38 of 47
I'm getting a little put off by reading the horror stories. Yes, there's only a 0.3% or so chance that something goes horribly wrong but I've only got two eyes.

I'm seeing a consultant at Moorfields in late July (first available date) just for another set of thoughts. Price doesn't bother me; that's what everyone else charges for eyes as bad as mine.
post #39 of 47
Frances

I would be hesitant removing that amount of cornea. My prescription was low, -2 and -2.25. The surgeon said he removed 30nm of my 500nm cornea, so there was no risk of a 'bulging' cornea. Not sure how too keen I would be removing 200 or more of your 500 nm cornea. I'd say that is why only one clinic is prepared to do it. Even with the best technology your cornea is still only going to be half as thick as it was. I am not an expert so don't know if this matters, but I know I was comforted by the fact they removed so little of mine.

Some after care tips - I took caretonoid supplements afterwards, and I think it helped the healing. I had no dry scratching or scarring of the lens - really important to keep your eyes mosit while healing. I put drops in every morning when I woke before I blinked too much, that was when mine were their dryest, blinking on dry eyes can cause abrasion on the cornea surface.

They always over correct by about 0.25 dioptres as it changes by this amount as it heals. Had my 12 month checkup in Nov 2001 and my optician said mine was one of the best results he has seen and would consider it himself if he could get a result like mine. My surgeon had done over 3000 operations before me.

Still the best $4000 I have ever spent. Just got back from a holiday to OZ, I could go snorkelling and swimming without bothering with disposable contacts. Was great.
post #40 of 47
I was told the minimum safety amount to leave is 250-300nm, which I would be left with, but nobody seems to know where this limit came from.
post #41 of 47
I forget who the climber was, but he was being guided up Everest within the last few years and lost his vision around 18-20,000 feet. Upon descending somewhat, his vision returned. He had lasik done within the previous year. Probably not an issue at lift served ski areas.
post #42 of 47
I was a "victim" of a laser procedure about six years ago, not LASIK. My advice is to ask questions such as ....

"How many of these procedures have YOU done?" What the SOB said to me was, "We have done hundreds of these without a single problem". After I had problems with night vision and halos he admitted that I was only #12 in his very short career ...... the "we" part was his associate in the partnership. He also insisted on doing the other eye two weeks after the first eye, while I still had very blurred vision.

Granted, my vision has improved a bit over the last six years but I wear a contact lens in my left eye and am reluctantly considering LASIK for it.

Ski wise, the only downside that I have experienced is that the laser eye stings like the hot needles when it comes in contact with snow. One trip down from the top of Stratton during a whiteout when my goggles iced over was a long and painful descent.

Make sure that you get a "high timer" and only let them do one at a time. Had I let that butcher do the other eye, I would not be able to drive at night.

BYW, in his reports, I am listed as a "successful procedure" because he "can't quantify the problem"! :
post #43 of 47
6 years ago these procedures were well behind where they are today......and as you stated, you didn't have lasik. Sorry to hear about your trouble......but have you looked into getting your eyes re-done with lasik to correct the problems? I also would suggest to go to Canada since they have been doing these procedures much longer then the USA doctors and the cost is much lower in most cases.

Good luck
post #44 of 47
One other point I didn't see mentioned above. Continued use of contacts, while very safe, also poses infection risks. So, while it's true that there are certain risks associated with the LASIK procedure, a contact lens wearer (especially an extended contact lens wearer) should examine the risks of LASIK compared to the risk of eye infection due to long term use of contacts. I'm not arguing one option is safer than the other, just that the risks of each must be included into your decision making process.
post #45 of 47
I had mine done 9/13/01. I love it. I was 20/400, now I am 20/15. The whole proceedure took about 15 minutes. I have a client that is at Wills Eye in Philly and he set me up with one of the better Doctors there. I an very happy with the results and would do it again.
post #46 of 47
Quite right about the infection risks from contacts. I am currently suffering from an infection. The "doctor" changed the brand of contact that I was quite happy with ...... in order to "save me money", then failed to tell me that the lenses were only good for a TWO WEEK period. My old brand were good for TWO MONTHS of wear.

Things had been a bit "funky" on the visual side of things too......... seems that she gave me the wrong scrip power twice! When I produced the little vials with the wrong prescription powers on them she had the "balls" to ask me where I got them from!

Sorry I missed the K-Mart blue light special on doctorates.
post #47 of 47
Yuki, this gives me all sorts of ideas:

Some of my share investments are successful, because I can't define why the share price has dropped.

The England cricket team is successful because we can't quantify the cause of every batting collapse.

The war against terrorism is successful, because we can't quantify how many terrorists are still at large...
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