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Lasik eye appt this week

Discussion in 'Health' started by toyotadude5, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Dec 30, 2009 at 2:13 AM
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    toyotadude5

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    so, ive been wearing glasses and contacts for years now. I dont like glasses and contacts are really starting to bother my eyes.

    Anyways, my fiances aunt works for an eye company here in flagstaff, so i have an appt on thursday to see if i want to do the surgery or not.

    Im excited and nervous at the same time.
     
  2. Dec 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM
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    anyone else have experience with lasik?
     
  3. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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    Not myself but my wife has had this done. She now has 20/15 in both eyes. She did have to do the surgery twice in both eyes only because she had severe astigmatism. They are all good now and she loves not having to wear corrective lenses anymore. You will have to not wear any contacts for a few weeks prior to the exam. The use of contacts actually can change the readings because your eyes form to the contacts. I will be getting my surgery this year after we enter our new years FSA plan. My only problem is not wearing contacts for several weeks before the exam because I practice Tae Kwon Do daily. I'm not wearing glasses when I could get kicked to the head.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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    I had the surgery back in 2005. It's awesome. Best decision you could make.

    Since you're used to contacts you should have no issues. During the pre-op exam they'll take some pincers and pull the cornea away from your eye to measure its thickness. Freaky but very cool.

    The surgery itself is cake. Start to finish it's like 10 minutes per eye including setup. The operation itself takes under a minute per eye. I was stone sober when I had it done and it's uncomfortable but worth it. The laser is not visible but you'll smell your eye burning. I was fascinated but then I'm kinda warped like that.

    Worst part for me was the light shining on my eye. I have light eyes and am usually sensitive to light so sitting there with a bright light shining directly in my eye for 10 minutes wasn't fun.

    I'm certain that it's muscle fatigue that causes the sensitivity to light that people experience directly after the surgery. The pupil constricts to block the light during the surgery. Once the surgery is over the pupil relaxes but is fatigued and has trouble constricting again until it's rested. Same thing as doing squats, curls, or whatever other exercise you normally do.

    Take a nap when you get home and you'll wake up with better vision than you've ever had in your life.

    Good luck! :)
     
  5. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:12 PM
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    sweet, im excited. just sick of wearing contacts and glassesall the time
     
  6. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM
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    subscribed, as i too am currently saving to have lasik this year. :popcorn:
     
  7. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM
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    I wish I could have it done. Congrats if you get it done. I hope it all works out for you!!
     
  8. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM
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    ya its expensive, but my fiances aunt works over there. im hoping she can get me on some type of payment plan or something. that way i dont have to come up with $2k+
     
  9. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:20 PM
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    Do it! Like MJP2 said, it's the best thing you can do! It's worth EVERY penny! I went from 200/20 in my left eye to 12/20 after the surgery( or vise versa, I can never remember which order it goes in). I was hesitant at first, but there wasn't ANY pain for me, barely any "discomfort" and I will never hesitate to get lasik again. :thumbsup:

    My procedure was over in 5 mins or so, and I was back at home asleep an hour later.

    But you should not get the lasik where the doctor cuts your eye with a scalpel, only let the lasers do the cutting and correcting. The only horror stories I have heard is when the doctor does the cutting.
     
  10. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM
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    you'll smell your eye burning.HMMMM
    I dont think so not me :D
     
  11. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM
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    just kidding go for :D
     
  12. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:24 PM
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    haha i read an article and it said " you will smell something thats similar to burning hair." lol
     
  13. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM
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    My wife also had this done. Best decision of her life she says. Wait...where does that put marrying me?...Anyway, the actual surgery took no time at all, just a few minutes. The longest part is the prep work before the surgery day. She went through all kinds of vision tests one day weeks before. That morning she was unable to see the big "E" on an eyechart, on the way home from the surgery, she was reading license plates and street signs blocks away. pretty amazing, actually.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM
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    I want to get lasik myself, but I've heard that being diabetic does not make you a very good candidate so I might be SOL. I'm going to look into it again around March when it's time for my annual eye exam and see what the doc says.
     
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    sweet. ya im ready to be able to see perfectly without putting in contacts or glasses every day
     
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  17. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:37 PM
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    Have any of you guys/gals that had this done have any trouble seeing at night behind the wheel? For me, with contacts on, nighttime driving in town or a city is horrid on my eyes. All the reflections give me a headache. It's worse when it rains at night too.
     
  18. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:40 PM
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    my wife needs one, she cant see shit without her glasses.... but then again thats how I made her fall for me, I threw away her glasses hehehe
     
  19. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:40 PM
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    ya contacrs bother my eyes at night with the glare and stuff, hopefully the lasik will take care of that also.
     
  20. Dec 30, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    haha, so when she gets it done is she gonna leave you?? lol
     
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