Post # 1
I know there are threads on this but I wanted some fresh advice.
I have my lasik consultation tomorrow and am SUPER excited! … but also a little nervous! Those bees who have gotten Lasik, was it a good decision? Pros/cons?
I currently wear gas perm lenses. Any others who wore gas perms before getting lasik? How long did you have to go without the contacts before the surgery? And if there are any Maryland Bees reading, where did you go to get it done???
Anything I need to remember to ask the surgeon?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Just yesterday I had a little moment where I was washing my face before bed, I looked up in the mirror and thought to myself “I don’t have to take out my contacts after this… I’m so happy I got LASIK”!!!
I had mine done last summer so it hasn’t been that long, but it’s totally changed my life. I had a prescription of -7.5 in each eye so my vision was pretty bad. The only con I’ve had so far is that at nighttime, I see “halos” around streetlights and car headlights (kind of like when you’re driving at night and it’s raining, the lights reflect like crazy). It’s not bad enough that I can’t drive at night, though, the circumference of lights just becomes bigger.
Post # 4
@elysion: Thanks! I sometimes see halos when driving at night with my contacts when my eyes are tired, anyway! haha! Glad to hear you had a good experience.
Can a moderator please move this post into the right forum? Thanks!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I got LASIK a few weeks ago and I love it! You’re not supposed to wear contacts or eye makeup for 2 weeks (I’m pretty sure) beforehand. I am so happy with my results, and it didn’t hurt at all, but my prescription was only about -2
Post # 6
My sister had lasik (her eyes were HORRIBLE) but I don’t know what the her perscription was… FH is going to get it done soon, after the wedding, he can’t see hsi hand infront of his face, we are still hoping he qualifies
Post # 7
I had LASIK the 2nd week of January and I have no regrets. I was forced to wear glasses for the past 4-5 years because my eyes suddenly started rejecting all contact lenses even after 15 years of wearing them.
The only drawback is that I now need to work harder to cover up the dark cricles under my eyes. But I feel free! And I love looking out at the world without having to see it throgh little windows anymore.
Post # 8
I got Lasik about 8 years ago and went from pretty blind without my contacts to 20/20 in one eye and 20/15 in the other. The most important thing is to keep your eyes moist with the drops they recommend. I will say that just this year my vision has started fading again. I went to an eye doctor and I’m no longer perfect 🙁 But, I’m not bad enough to spend money yet on a touch-up. Instead, I got glasses to use for distance (mostly watching TV and driving at night). Even with it starting to worsen again 8 years later, it was still so, so worth it! It will feel like a miracle! I remember crying b/c I could actually read my alarm clock without having to put on my glasses 🙂 You are going to be blown away by how amazing it is to SEE!
Post # 9
Yay this is making me feel so excited! I just did some reading on-line and they recommend for gas permeable contact lenses to stop wearing them at least 6-8 weeks before surgery. ahhh! I NEVER wear my glasses so that will be the hardest part! But it sounds like it will be worth it.
It’s so strange because I am NOT an overly emotional person (didn’t cry when FI proposed, don’t cry at movies), but I literally started crying happy tears after I made my consultation appointment! Just thinking about seeing the world clearly with my own eyes sounds soooo amazing!!!!!
Post # 10
ya it was the best few thousand dollars i ever spent. i can see the clock from the bed when i wake up in the middle of the night. and when i go somewhere to stay overnight i dont have to have a whole regime of glasses, case, contact case, solution, etc etc. i can watch tv with the ceiling fan on. i can rub my eyes if they feel itchy. no more getting contacts stuck behind my eyeballs. and most of all, i can see better than 20/20 and its permanent (until old age sets in).
i had a tad bit of irritation and dryness while i was on my antibiotic drops, but a little but of refrigerated sealed teardrops and i was fine. i was completely back to normal within several days of stopping antibiotic drops.
i was in a sheer panic attack when i went in for my procedure. the drug theyll give u will calm u down, but not as much as u think it should. BE BRAVE, because IT IS WORTH EVERY MINUTE OF FEAR AND DREAD!!!
oh and ignore all the scary crap they put on the surgery disclaimer. well dont actually ignore it, but dont let that make u cancel ur procedure the way it did me. i had to get the nerve up to schedule the actual procedure TWICE which is harder than only being brave enough to do it once!
Post # 11
I got it done and I love it. I wish I splurged for the “custom” or “enhanced” w/e you call it, with the wider laser as my pupils are big so I get more halos than I would have if I’d gotten that. But I still see great.
After I had it my FI had it too he got the enhanced and loves it. Night vision contrast is a bit weak for him, but he’s still thrilled.
I would say to keep in mind if you have any physical body rejection of anestesia. I didn’t think to mention this (its been a long time since I’ve needed to be frozen) and so my 2nd eye was quite painful as the anestesia was wearing off. If you let them know they’ll re-freeze though. The tech was mortified when I told him after the reason I was freaking out. But now its just a funny story 🙂
Post # 13
@BeeG35: That is what i’m most excited about— being able to see the clock in the morning! and not having my 10 minute eye routine every monring and evening. and also being able to crash somewhere if need be without worrying about what I will do with my contacts!
Post # 14
I don’t need glasses but I was talking to a friend last week about her upcoming LASIK. She can’t wear contacts for two days before, and no eye makeup for a week after. I know I’m not much help, but I at least know those two things!
Post # 15
I had it done 2 years ago and I love the results. The only problem I have is dry eyes still but I just use over the counter drops. I had -6 prescription contacts before the surgery and now I have 20/15 vision with both eyes.
I had to be out of soft contacts for at least 3 weeks before the surgery and I went longer since I was already having problems with my contacts. I would recommend having them out for longer than they suggest in order to be 100% sure you don’t need to have a touch up.
I had custom LASIK and paid $3,600 after a 20% reduction from my insurance. I used FSA funds to reduce the amount of taxes on it too which saved me another 20% or so probably.
Post # 16
I’d love to have it done, but does anyone had problems previously with dryness? I have very dry eyes now…and I’m not sure if Lasik would be a good idea.
Also, post Lasik, how many of you felt your eyes were drier?