(Closed) Lasic Surgery OR Save for Wedding Budget??!!

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I would wait to get lasik because I know an old co-worker of mine who was 23 when she got it done and had complications from it.  Now she has to go back to wearing glasses again for vision and has to wear specific corrective lenses for night since she sees spots while driving.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I heard from a news article they had on tv that candidates shouldn’t get lasik before the age of 25 since their eyes are still changing and haven’t fully developed.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well I’m just curious, how did you know it has stabilized?

I was thinking of having the surgery … I did it when I was entering highschool … obviously we weren’t thinking my sight would change … but it has and now I need a “tune up” ..

I would have something called “surface surgery” or whatever … but I decided to wait! It is around the same price. I will do it after the wedding + honeymoon and technically you’re not supposed to fly after the surgery for a certain amt. of time and my surgery would take weeks to heal.

If I had to pick… I would wait. How long until you get married?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

I’d wait, personally.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had Lasik about a year ago and I’m so glad that I did.  Now I don’t have the fuss or expense of glasses/contacts.  My eyesight is actually 20/15 which is really nice. I didn’t get that good of vision with contacts.

Some places will let you finance it.  That’s what my SIL did.  So she had it done prior to the wedding last year and paid it off about 4 months after the wedding.

Really only you know your $$.  I also went in with my dad on mine.  He got his done 2 weeks before me.  So they gave us a family deal so mine was 3500.  You might look into that.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Can you just wear contacts for the day of the wedding?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

That is what I will do … I have an apt. pending to see if I’m allowed to wear contacts- since I already had lasik and altered my eyes … you just have to not wear contacts for a few weeks before the surgery

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Well unfortunately everyone’s eyes will continue to change.  So no this isn’t permanent.  For some people their eyes won’t change for 20 years and others they may change in a few years after the surgery.  You don’t know because we are all different.  My doctor said that most people stabalize in their late 20s early 30s.  They will hold steady in their 30s.  Then some people will begin to change mid-40s to early 50s.  That’s when you lose the upclose reading vision. 

So for me I did the math.  I’m 30 years old now.  I pay x amount of $$ a year on contacts/lenses/exams.  Then I muliplied that by the number of years until I reach 40.  And also times 50.  So bascially even if my sight changes at 40 I’m still coming out cheaper then paying for lenses.  Not too mention the hassle of exams/putting lenses in/glasses etc. etc.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had lasik about 10 years ago and it was the best money ever spent! I have perfect visiona nd was liberated from the contact lenses, cleaning, saline, glasses, perscription sunglasses, etc.! It made a huge difference in my confidence level. If I remember right, I financed mine at either 0% or very low interest and paid it off early.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmmm interesting question.  I wear contact lenses everyday and have thought about getting Lasix too… but I’m too chicken!  I know there are millions of success stories, but I have some close friends who did not get great results.  Two of my friends are addicted to lubricating eye drops now and they both had to get tubes put in because their eyes were so dry after the surgery.  And even now, their vision is not perfect.  🙁

I’m not trying to scare you, just giving my 2 cents.  So… I say if you can live with contacts or glasses, save your $$ or put it towards your wedding.  🙂

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree it is worth not having to put in contacts and mess with that … my eyes just changed a little bit … and I can see … just not as sharply as before when my eyes were better than perfect (after lasik in my teens – forget the number) …

I love that I had lasik done. It is one of the best things I did. However, right before a wedding … it wouldn’t be my first priority.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

How long would the wait be?

… and I’ll add that you should know that you’ll have a billion and one things that you’ll want and need for your wedding!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My dad did experience for almost 1 1/2 years the dry eye and had to put in drops. Now he doesn’t.  I didn’t have any problems.  We had the same prescription and stigmas only difference is he was 25 years older then me.

I too was a chicken and wouldn’t have done it except that my dad had this deal worked and I thought now or never.

You just have to go in and talk with them and go through all the screenings to make sure that you are indeed a candidate.  They do more through screenings then your regular check-ups.  Then decide on your own what is best for you.

 

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