Post # 1
I had an eye exam yesterday and my doctor said that I would be a good candidate for laser eye surgery. I’m scared of a laser going anywhere near my eye and, as stupid as this sounds, I’m scared that I will come out of the procedure with worse vision. At the same time, I am SO sick of glasses and my eyesight is actually quite bad. I sit in front of a computer all day so it’s even worse.
Have you ever had laser eye surgery? Would you recommend it? Can you tell me more about it in terms of recovery, your vision now, and any regrets?
Post # 2
Did it about 8 years ago and still not wearing glasses. Best thing I ever did. Went in on a Thursday morning for screening, surgery done Thursday afternoon. The doc said to go home and take a nap, which I did. When I woke up I could see the alarm clock without glasses. It was amazing. Friday returned to the doctor for exam and released.
No problems whatsoever since.
Post # 3
I did it 3 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. No more dry eye contacts, scratchy tired eyes or blurry vision or clunky glasses. Just open my eyes and see perfect 24/7.
I know how scary it is, trust me, the fear that MY experience would be the one disaster out of millions was very clear and present. Just go to a reputable place, opt for CUSTOM lasik even if it is a bit more money, and stay away from places claiming to do one eye free or both eyes for only a few hundred dollars.
My biggest fear was that I would blink or move my eye but they sort of suction the eye still and prop the lid open and the actual laser is only on for like, seconds at most. And then BOOM miraculously u can see PERFECTLY up close and far away both!
Post # 4
somethingblue04: no, but i know several people that have and loved it.
i wouldn’t consider it bc I have a fear of touching my eye. Seriously. I mean when I go to put contacts on, its war. I hate it.
THe other reason why I would not do it is because it doesn’t last forever, your site changes, it can get worse or better. So I wouldn’t go through all that if its not forever.
Post # 5
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I looked into it but chose not to. Instead I have the contacts that you can sleep in. I just wear them for a month, take them, out, and put new ones in the next morning. It has the beenfits of laser eye surgery in that I can see at night, don’t have to wear my glasses (peripheral vision FTW!) etc. I was unsure about going ahead with the surgery because apparently it can reverse itself in 10-20 years, so you could end up needing glasses again. I’m also one who is not bothered by contacts, so that made it easier. Anyway, if you’re on hte fence, that’s something else to look into. But I haven’t known anyone who had a bad experience. PP is right–go to a reputable place and expect to get what you pay for.
Post # 6
Daizy914: soontobeMrsBoo: The place I’m looking into has a lifetime warranty so if the prescription changes, then they fix your eyes for free…however, then I’d need a laser in my eye again! My doctor tells me I’m in the right age bracket (late twenties) but I’m still scared of being the one disaster like BeeG35: said!
I just hate glasses so much…the smudges, seeing the outline of the frames at certain angles, how inconvenient they are, seeing the world through a little square rather than fully through functioning eyes! I wish I could wear contacts like soontobeMrsBoo: suggested but I get incredibly dry eyes and I’ve never had much luck with them.
Post # 7
I will add that my appt was on a Fri morning. I was told to expect minor irritation and to use my antibiotic drops. After a long nap, that evening I awoke to very moderate, almost scary irritation. I was taken straight back to the clinic and had a look over and was told everything looked perfect, no concerns with my moderate irritation whatsoever. The next day it was completely gone and otherwise my recovery was completely seamless. So, my advice is, expect SOME level of irritation or pain, possibly more than “mild” like they describe. Still perfectly normal and not a problem. I was just scared because of how they say irritation is minor to none. Well, everybody is different!
Also, my vision was 20/980 before, and since the day of my procedure my vision is now 20/15. No degradation whatsoever. The procedure corrected my far vision. Near vision will degrade with age, everybody’s will, so I’ll eventually need reading glasses like most everyone else does in older ages. I also have free touch ups for life IF it is needed but they claim I will never need it for distance vision.
I know it’s scary…. and they have to tell u all the risks. I actually called to cancel before my appt and they reassured me that they have done literally hundreds of thousands of procedures and never had any disasters. u will likely never need a touch up if u go to a reputable clinic. If they offer free touch up, it’s because they r confident u will not ever need one!
Post # 8
somethingblue04: oh i see, i love my glasses. when i wear them i don’t feel them on my face and i forget i am wearin them bc they don’t have a frame on the bottom. and they are very lightweight.
Kudos to you, I could never get laser eye surgery. I am too scared.
Post # 9
I had LASIK done almost 3 years ago now. I can’t recommend it enough! I hated wearing glasses and I was having a lot of problems wearing contacts at the time so it was wonderful for me. It was not as horrible as I thought it would be (and my husband actually watched on the surgery camera). They can give you a Valium before to calm your nerves if you need it so you are a bit loopy.
I had a course of quite a few drops that I had to take for so many days before and afterward which made my eyes a bit dry but didn’t hurt. The surgery didn’t hurt or anything, it was just sort of weird. Afterward, I could tell that it was already working when the nurse leaned down to help me up and I could see her face (even though it was a little blurry). My vision is 20/15 now (better than 20/20) with both eyes even though my right is still a little blurred on its own (not enough for a correction though). The only side effect I have is mild dry eyes. I have regular lubricating eye drops (not Visine) that I use a few times a day to keep my eyes from drying up and keep my vision sharp.
No matter what people say, LASIK cannot reverse itself. You may need reading glasses later (which LASIK cannot prevent or repair) but instead of needing bifocals or trifocals later, now all I will need are reading glasses. I like that situation much better.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Post # 10
I haven’t but my husband had it done last year and then my sister in law had it done just recently. I went with my husband to have it done and got to watch the whole procedure. It only took about ten minutes total.
Other people have given some good advice but just wanted to throw something else out there. They gave my husband a valium or something before the procedure and that was supposed to kick in and help him sleep the rest of the evening to avoid any uncomfortableness. However, we live about an hour from the Lasik place and it wore off on the ride home and he was pretty uncomfortable that evening.
Also, you will probably need help putting the eyedrops in the first few days (they give you two different types of drops that need to be put in every few hours or something for like the first week). Your eyes will likely be bruised so try to find someone that isn’t squeamish about that stuff. Like some other posters, my husband uses eye drops more regularly now but he has absolutely no regrets.
My husband is thrilled that he did it. Yes he was uncomfortable that night but he drove down to have his day after checkup the next morning at 9AM. No problems at all.
Post # 11
Kir32: MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I have really dry eyes to begin with, so I am also worried about this potential side effect. However, I don’t want to end up wearing tri-focals one day so maybe it’s a risk worth taking!
Post # 12
somethingblue04: I had PRK which is an intense version of Lasik. (You know how there is the chart with an E on it? Imagine the E twice the size. I might have been able to make it out at that size. If I tried. I was special). Because my eyes were so bad, they needed to disolve my cornea instead of cutting it, so I had a longer healing time. It took me 2-3 weeks to recover. There wasn’t a lot of pain and I could definately see sooner– it just would get blurry. And the surgery was no big deal at all. I was in and out in half an hour.
My dad and sister had normal people lasik. They felt fine 2 hours later. So fine that my sister gave a presentation 5 hours later and my dad drove home the next day. It was so not a big deal and they can now see wonderfully.
During the surgery, you sit still and the laser goes for less than a minute per eye. My doctor was talking to me the whole time. Then you put on goggles and take a nap. Then you wake up and they could see and I could sort of see (I had no corneas– I was texting a half hour after surgery and was able to read the menu at Panera, but it would take some straining). My dad and sister saw full effect after a few hours. Mine was 90% there for 2 weeks and then 99% there by 8 weeks. It was so worth it.
I am trying to convince DH to get it. He has seen the wonderful benefits for such little discomfort.
Post # 13
somethingblue04: So I was worried about the dryness too. I had to put eye drops in my eyes round the clock for 2 weeks and then every few hours for the next 4 weeks. Then I have never had a dryness problem again. Ever. And it is has been 2 1/2 years.
Post # 14
somethingblue04: I went in for the screening, and halfway trhough, they told me that my cornea is too thin due to my astigmatism. I was devistated & am very jealous of you other lucky ladies. My prescription is so high that it’s hard to find frames that don’t make my face looked smooshed in when you look at my eyes through my lenses. Such is life.
Post # 15
4littlekitties: You might want to look into another option like LASEK or PRK. That might work better for you. Not all doctors offer it though.