Post # 1
Soooo I just spent $89 for $1,000 off of laser eye surgery (LivingSocial deal of the day for my area). I’ve been thinking about having the surgery since I was 9 and my uncle had one done, and it would be SO NICE to not have to wear glasses anymore. I know it’d be a huge boost to my confidence, and I’d love for it to happen before I get married.
I have a few questions and figured I’d ask the lovely, intelligent ladies of the Bee rather than troll the interwebs:
1. How much did yours cost (if you don’t feel comfortable with an exact price, feel free to ballpark)? Did your insurance cover any, and if so, what portion?
2. Were your eyes REALLY bad before? Mine are to the point where I can’t have contact lenses because they’d need to be so strong, and I’m concerned the surgery might not work for me.
3. Truthfully — does it hurt?
I’d also love to hear your overall experiences, or friends’/family members’ if applicable.
ETA: I added a poll because they’re fun 🙂
Post # 3
I wish! I have horrible eyes, but I was told I may not even be a good candidate. 🙁
Post # 4
I’ll be watching this thread! My SO wants to have it done so I’m interested to learn more about it.
Post # 5
@Rouquine: Eik, that’s scary – I hope mine aren’t too bad for it. The good thing is the deal I bought will be refunded if it’s determined I’m not a candidate, so I don’t have to worry about money lost.
Post # 6
I had it done January 2011 and it is so worth it. My vision is now 20/15 with both eyes together.
1. It costs be $4,400 for both eyes but after insurance discount I only paid about $3,600 (less because I put the money in my FSA so didn’t pay taxes on it).
2. My eyes were -6 in contacts with a slight astigmatism. If your eyes are really bad, you need to talk to a doctor first because it may not work, or might not have the same results as someone with better vision.
3. It didn’t hurt. The vacuum that holds your eye is uncomfortable and holding your eye open for a bit at first is uncomfortable but I didn’t really feel much. They put numbing drops in my eyes before doing anything so they didn’t feel much.
Did you check out the doctor on the Groupon before buying? I would be wary about doing that before checking them out and even meeting them. It helps a lot to see them and they can tell you basically if you are a good candidate for it.
Post # 7
I think its def worth it for certain ppl. I work in an eye care office. How strong is ure Rx??
Post # 8
I had it done last June and it was the best decision ever! I waited for so long because I was scared to have it done. And then finally I just got fed up with not being able to see. I was a -3.85 for my contacts and couldn’t see anything without them in. After I finally did it I realized it wasn’t bad at all. I wish that I had done it sooner too.
They gave me a valium to take before the procedure so that I was not nervouse. For both eyes the whole thing was literally done in less than 5 minutes. Each eye was maybe 48 seconds for the whole thing. The part that took longer was prepping the eye. It didn’t hurt at all for me. You’re eyes kind of go dark anyways when they do it and you just see a red dot so you cant see anything that would be scary like a knife or something you could imagaine up. lol
Post # 9
@MissCalifornia: That’s good. I’ll eventually check into it for me, but I really don’t think I have a good chance. Good luck though!
Post # 11
My best friend had it done and she said it was one of the best decisions she ever made. It cost $1500 with no help from insurance (I’ve never heard of an insurance that covers it). Her eyesight wasn’t terrible but she did have to wear contacts.. According to her, she woke up the day after having the procedure and could see perfectly. It was like night and day. She said it was amazing! As far as pain goes, she said she didn’t feel a thing.
DH wants it but ever since watching Final Destination (whatever number they’re up to now) he won’t get it. I guess having the laser penetrate the chicks brain was too much for him. Lol
Post # 12
I haven’t but FI had it done. He keeps trying to talk me into it. He said he loves it now.
Post # 13
I don’t think I’d have lasik done by a doctor off Livingsocial. This is your EYES. You need to find the best doctor around.
Post # 14
@MissCalifornia: I did it about three years ago. So to answer your questions:
1. I think mine was about $5400 ($2700/eye if I’m remembering correctly). I don’t have insurance, so that was out of pocket. I went to a clinic where all the surgeons were Mayo trained and is really well known in Toronto, they do a lot of the professional sports teams here.
2. My eyes weren’t that bad. I couldn’t drive without my glasses (couldn’t read street signs), or read a menu board at Starbucks. It was just enough to be aggravating and annoying. If your prescription is really strong, the consultant I spoke with said you may need to have more than one surgery, they do it in steps. You’d find that out in your initial consultation though. It’s important to know that they cannot do the surgery unless your prescription has been stable for a minimum of 1 year.
3. It sort of hurt, but not really. I say that because they gave me a valium before, so truthfully, I didn’t have a care in the world, LOL! It’s a two step process. First, they laser open the flap by making tiny bubbles that all link together to form the flap. The most uncomfortable part was when they put this sort of spreader thing on your eye to keep your lid open so you don’t blink. It felt like a lot of pressure on my actual eyeball (sorry if I’m grossing anyone out). Then you sit and let the flap form (about 10-15 minutes). Then you go to get the lasering done. The lasering itself was quick and not painful. They give you drops to freeze your eye, so you can’t feel it. However, if the nurse doesn’t come and put more drops in at the right time, it feels like there’s gravel in your eyes. *ahem not enjoyable* After the lasering is done, you sit in a recovery room in the dark so they can make sure the flaps are closed properly, I think I was there for about a half hour – 45 minutes.
I was REALLY light sensitive that day. DH drove me home, I wore the big horrible sunglasses, and wound my pashmina scarf around my head. I had a nap when we got home and by that evening was watching tv. You have to be careful not to rub your eyes and be religious about the regime and drops they give you.
I was the lucky one that got the side effect of dry eyes for about 6 months after. It was a matter of finding the right eye drops for me though and once I did that, it went away pretty quickly.
Post # 15
I wish I could secretly steal out of our budget and go get it done!! I hate wearing glasses and can’t fathom getting contacts in and out of my eyes every day (I tried once and it was quite an ordeal) plus my insurance is terrible and covers nothing. My eyes aren’t that bad (yet) but both my parents had pretty strong prescription lenses by their 30s/40s so I’m headed that way… As soon as FH & I are married a few years and financially stable, it’s the first thing I’m doing (and hopefully the price will go down a bit by then!) After that, I’m getting my iPad. 🙂
Post # 16
@UpstateCait: It cost her $1,500 for both eyes!?! Really? I could do that- is she also from upstate NY? Anywhere near Syracuse by any chance? I am familiar with that area- I want perfect eyes so badddd!