Post # 1
My eyesight is terrible. I’ve worn glasses since I was 11, contacts since I was 16 and would give anything to wake up in the morning and not fumble to the bathroom blindly.
Have any of you Bees ever had LASIK? What about PRK? I’ve looked at the advantages and disadvantages for each and was wondering if any of you ladies have had experience with either surgery.
Post # 3
I haven’t, but my husband had PRK about 8 years ago. It’s not as common nowadays, but since he’s a police officer it was recommended. Something about the risk of being hit in the face, and the flap lifting with LASIK. I think the recovery time is longer, but so far the results have been completely satisfactory.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I just got Lasik done a month ago!! I’ve had glasses since 2nd grade and wore contacts since 7th, my prescription for both eyes was -7.5. I’m so happy I got the procedure done, it’s amazing what a difference it’s made!! Can wake up in the morning and see the alarm clock, don’t have to worry about falling asleep and having your contacts dry up in your eyeball…
The whole procedure was extremely quick – the day of the surgery I was at the center for about 2 hours, but the actual procedure took all of 5 minutes (maybe less). It hurts for ~4 hours after the procedure, but you are supposed to sleep through it.. and then it doesn’t hurt at all! My eyesight was a little blurry the very first day, but by the second day I could read. I don’t know, do you have any specific questions?
If you’re choosing between Lasik and PRK, I think an actual consultation would be best. They’re usually free, and they will be able to measure the thickness of your cornea and all that good stuff and recommend a procedure to you.
Post # 5
Darling Husband got LASIK a few months ago. He has been so happy with it and there have been no complications. He has better than 20/20 vission now, I believe. After an initial consultation, he had the surgery on a Saturday morning and was back at work on Monday. He was totally recovered after a week or so. It was relatively expensive, but I think it was worth it.
Post # 6
@SapphireSun: I think I’m interested in getting the PRK for that very reason. I don’t have a highly physical job – but I do like contact sports. How long until he was back at work?
@elysion: Ooh! Thanks! Yes, I have a consultation scheduled for tomorrow. I think the biggest concern is the recovery time and the corneal flap. How long did you have to stay out of contacts before surgery?
Post # 7
@PinkPandaBear: Mee! I had LASIK and the only thing I regret is not doing it sooner.
I had to stay out of contacts for two weeks prior to the surgery.
Post # 8
I had Lasik done 6 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made! I would pay to have it done every year if thats what you had to do. Not being blind in the middle of the night is a great feeling! I also play a lot of sports (baseball, volleyball, soccer and field hockey) and have never had aven a slight issue with anything happening. Good Luck, you wont regret it whatever you chose!
Post # 9
@PinkPandaBear: everyone I know has gotten PRK.. but then again I was in the Navy and that was always recommended. (I have 20/20 so I don’t need it!) I think you just need to look at how active you are, and if you want a longer recovery with a lower risk down the road, or a very quick recovery with higher risk. My Dad is the only one I know who got LASIK and he thought it was great. Both are really good options. It really just depends on you and what the doctor reccomends for you.
Post # 10
I went the PRK route. It’s safer and I can’t guarantee that I will never do somthing that requires physical contact. I’ve heard one too many stories about someone’s cornea flap or whatever popping off so PRK it was for me. I don’t know how good LASIK is these days but my boss had it done 10 years ago and wished he had gotten PRK because the PRK results last longer than the LASIK from 10 years ago. He will need to get “tune-ups” every 5-10 years to make it last. I’m not saying LASIK is the devil. Because it’s not. 🙂 I had no issue with a longer healing time and preferred a slower, more stable result.
BEST decision EVER! I could barely see anything if it wasn’t 2 inches from my face so this has been incredible. And a shockingly short procedure too. It’s totally worth at least getting a consult.
Post # 11
I had to not wear contacts for a month before the surgery but some doctors say less. Mine was just being sade and didn’t want to overcorrect.
I had LASIK a year and a half ago and the results have been great. I am seeing 20/40 with both my eyes together (better than 20/20). I was able to drive myself the next day to the follow up.
My doctor said that after the initial healing period, it is pretty impossible to loosen the flap and it is pretty unlikely in the beginning either unless you are rubbing your eyes.
I think the need for touch ups is greatly diminished now that they use computer assisted laser technology instead of the scalpel (like my mother had done).
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
@PinkPandaBear: Yup, as @MapleMoose: said, out of contacts for 2 weeks prior. According to my doctor, I could wear light makeup (anything that will rub off easily so you don’t have to apply a lot of pressure) after 1 week, and “vigorous rubbing” is allowed after 3 months. I have heard from another person who got PRK done that the recovery for PRK is more painful than with Lasik, so that’s something to consider… but I think the doctor and your consultation will be able to answer any questions you have 😀
Post # 13
@elysion: What do you mean, sleep through it? Sleep through the procedure or afterwards?
I have astigmatisms. I know they now can do Lasik to correct that. Has anyone w/astigmatisms had any results they can share?
Post # 14
I have a consultation today, I’m so excited! A question-with Lasik does the flap never fully heal? Can it tear off at anytime, even months after the surgery?
Edit: After posting saw a response that answered my question!
Post # 15
@Toonski: You sleep for a few hours after the procedure. I had a slight astigmatism and didn’t have a problem with it. I did have CustomVue IR LASIK done which is a bit more expensive than standard.
Post # 16
Does insurance cover any of the costs? I’d love to have it done but am pretty tight with my money and don’t really feel like forking over thousands of dollars to get it done.