Post # 1
I have been wanting to get laser eye surgery for YEARS, and am finally going for my consultation next week. Of course, I’ve been doing some research online and stumbled on a website that is full of Lasik horror stories. It has me a bit freaked out. I am wondering if it’s something I should be really concerned about or if it’s a bit of fear mongering and I should take it with a grain of salt. Not sure if I’m allowed to post the URL (mods can take it down if necessary) but here it is: http://lasikcomplications.com/
I don’t take messing with my eyes lightly, but glasses don’t work (they need to be constantly adjusted because my ears sit weird), and contacts have been bothering me more and more throughout the years. I just want to see and be able to swim and just live life without worrying about my stupid contacts popping out and/or irritating the hell out of my eyes.
Anyone have any positive/negative experiences with this procedure?
I am finding that most of the issues seem to be from cutting the flap. I am looking at getting “bladeless” Lasik – it’s more expensive, but it’s supposed to be safer. My friend had it done with a different company than Lasik and loves the results. Anyone try the bladeless?
Post # 3
I had Lasik done five years ago, and it was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I read the horror stories too, and it scared me. Just make sure you go to a reputable doctor with years of experience and all good reviews.
Post # 4
I had it done when I was 20. I had 20/15 vision the next day. Unfortunately, I was an idiot and kept wearing my contacts too close to the day of the surgery. I also may have been too young and my eyes didn’t stabilize yet, but I was back in contacts a couple of years later.
I’m back to where I started, but have been told I can safely have the surgery 1 more time. I was advised to wait until after I’m done having children because pregnancy will change my eyes as well.
I went to TLC Laser Eye Center for my surgery, which was performed by the chief of opthalmology at one of the local hospitals.
I think I may very well have that second surgery later on.
Post # 5
I had Lasik about 9-10 years ago, I was afraid it wasn’t going to last but so far so good! I’m really happy I did and can’t even believe I had glasses it seems like so long ago. I don’t understand why more people don’t do it (I guess the $$ would be a big reason). I think all Lasik is bladeless?? It’s Lasik because it uses laser…correct? I have never known anyone recently that has gotten the “blade” surgery. I had some major light sensitivity for a few days but other than that all was good!
Post # 6
@strawbabies: Wait. So you paid for laser surgery and then used contacts after?
Post # 7
I had Lasik, and like a previous poster I had 20/15 vision almost immediately afterward. I would do it again for sure.
I have to wear glasses to drive at night though because of how sensitive I am to light but I also apparently have giant pupils and it was a thing. It’s still amazing.
Post # 8
@Lily_of_the_valley: They use a tool to cut the flap. The more modern Lasik uses a laser to make the flap.
“Bladeless LASIK, often referred to as the IntraLase procedure, involves use of a laser to create a corneal flap. Traditional lasik procedures involve use of a microkeratome or blade to create the corneal flap needed to perform LASIK surgery.”
Post # 9
@peachacid: I was supposed to stop wearing my old contacts several weeks before the surgery. Being a vain moron, I kept wearing them until only a couple of weeks before. The contacts change the shape of the cornea. So my eyes didn’t adjust to their “natural” state before I had the surgery. So the surgery didn’t really make all of the adjustment I needed for a permanent change. My vision was great for a while, but then reverted back to where I started, putting me in contacts a second time.
If I have Lasik a second time, I’m going to wear glasses exclusively for at least a month prior.
Post # 10
I had lasik and got the intralase laser incision…. The actual procedure was really really scary but it was so worth it. After a short nap, I could see the clock clearly when I opened my eyes! I have had no issues since then. It was a huge decision and used up most of my savings, but it was definitely the best decision of my life. Just make sure you follow all of their instructions carefully before and after and you’ll do fine! Good luck at the consultation that’s when I paid for mine and it was intense lol.
Post # 11
commenting here so i can keep track of this thread and check back later! I would absolutely love to get lasik. I’ve worn glasses since I was 11 and I’m so over them. For a long time I wore contacts and they didn’t really bother me but about 5 years ago I started getting very sensitive eyes and now I can’t wear contacts for more than 1-2 days per week max. Total bummer.
Post # 12
@strawbabies: Yikes, pregnancy changes your eyes? Really? I’ve never heard that. That freaks me out a bit… I have a stable prescription but I haven’t had a kid yet.
Anyone else experience this?
Post # 13
I am seriously considering LASIK so I’m going to keep checking this thread.
Post # 14
@sleepyhead22: Haha thanks. So sounds like you got the “bladeless” or whatever it’s called. How was it scary? I want to be prepared lol.
Post # 15
@strawbabies: Interesting… the Lasik info they gave me says to not wear contacts for 24 hours minimum before the consultation and surgery, and not to sleep with them for 7 days before. I hope that that’s enough considering I wear them all day every day (but don’t sleep in them).
Post # 16
I want Lasik so badly. All I want is to be able to wake up from sleeping and just be able to see! I can’t imagine what that would be like…