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I had the surgery done in Canada in mid April. I currently see 20/15. My exam doc jokingly said I'm now ready for the Air Force. I held out for the "flying spot" laser. This is a broad-beam that can correct the cornea beyond the area of the dilated pupil. Smaller lasers don't cover the lager areas and thus result in ghosting and halos at night (when your pupil is larger).
I can say that there is no significant difference in my night vision and I can read the tabs on license plates from a 1/2 block away! Thanks science!!!

Rock'n Doc
post #2 of 14
If I needed it - I might get it, but just so that folks walk into it aware of all issues: http://www.lasersurgeryforeyes.com/risks.html
post #3 of 14
Can you tell me where in Canada? And also the name of the clinic/surgeon?
post #4 of 14
My husband just had Lasik this past Monday 6--18. To soon to know off complications, but so far he is very pleased.
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I don't know. I have a couple of friends that had complications and it didn't sound fun at all. One thing I'm really afraid of is something happening to my eyes Hear a lot of good things about the surgery but a few real horror stories. Even with a small chance of severe complications I'm thinking my glasses aren't so bad. I can read that license plate just fine. Wish I didn't have such a fog problem on the slopes though. For now, I'll look for other solutions.
post #6 of 14
Nothing to worry about.

I had it done just over a year ago. It is nothing less than a miracle. Put those horror stories in perspective. You still drive on the highway despite hearing stories of people getting killed.

I started out at 20/150 on the right eye and 20/250 on the left with severe estigmatism on both. Now the estigmatism is gone and my right is 20/15 and the left 20/25.

For a skier this is a mandatory procedure. To be able to see on a stormy day is the miracle.


Ski fast and laugh often.
post #7 of 14
I would still say it's not worth the very small risk of having your vision permanently screwed. I'd rather deal with contacts (which I don't like and only use for sports) than any risk of having permanent double vision, loss of night vision, or inability to look at bright lights.
As long as there's a risk to my vision from Lasik I'll stick with contacts, even if they're a bit of a pain.
post #8 of 14
For those of you that had the surgery, do you do one eye first. let it heal and then the other eye?
I would think they would to it like Cataract surgery where they only do the worst eye first. That way if there is a problem you still have one good eye (which is all you really need. You loose depth perception but not your vision. Also if you get only one eye and learn to live with the "2 focal points" you would not even need reading glasses as you get older. one eye would be for longer distance focusing and the other for close up focusing.
post #9 of 14
Dchan talking for my husband, they did them both. I do not think one eye at a time was even discussed. Not sure if the "complications” would be apparent immediately or after some time. But again he is very happy that he did it.
post #10 of 14
I have had mine done for 6 months and think it is awesome. They discussed doing one eye at a time with me, but I had to take 3 days annual leave and travel for 4 hours to Christchurch to get it done, so took the plunge and did two at a time. If it was my local city I would have tried one at a time.

I tried to decrease the chances of problems by reducing my contact lens wearing to nil for 3 months before so my eyes were as healthy as possible, and my corneas were back to their natural shape. The chances of problems was less for me because my prescription was low, only '2' so it meant they have to shave off less, which leaves you with a thicker cornea.

What made up my mind was when the optician commented on deterioration in one area of my eye from wearing my contacts too much.
post #11 of 14
In response to BobT- Try this:

Use anti-perspirant on your face anywhere it will be inside the goggles. This means eyelids, bridge of nose, etc. This keeps away moisture therefore less condensation forming. Anti-fog drops can't seem to keep up with perspiration. If you wear glasses I'm not sure if it will work but give it a try.

Life's a pain... then you nap. Cat philosphy
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

I had it done at the Lexington clinic in Surrey, BC. I just got back this afternoon from skiing at Mt. Hood, and I was thinking on the way home how wonderful it was to see very well and not have to hassel with contacts. Good Luck.
post #13 of 14
I had my eyes done 2 years ago. The only side effect is that I don't see as well at nite as before. I can see very good at nite, the image is just not as sharp. I have no regret having it done. It is a personal decision, I think. If you are afraid of the laser operation, there is a new procedure for correcting bad eyes. People put on some corrective contact lenses overnite in order to reshape the cornea?? And this is not permenant, your eyes would return to their original shape if you stop wearing those special lenses.
post #14 of 14
I had my eyes done in Surry, BC 1.5 years ago and its been great! Best thing
I have done and no regrets. My eyesight before was 20/300 left and 20/400
right. Since surgery I've measured 20/20 each eye and 20/15 with both
together..... I know others that also went to Lexington in Surry and are
also happy. I don't know anyone who has had any problems..
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