(Closed) Anyone here have LASEK?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

no sorry, I recently had LASIK

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad that I had Lasik.  I had my procedure done at TLC Lasik.  (I also had a consultation appointment at another lasik center, but I felt they were not as professional and I got the feeling that they were more focused on money rather than on my personal safety.) 

I had to wear my glasses only (no contacts) for two weeks before the consultation appointment (and before the actual surgery), in order for my eyes to regain their natural shape.  Contact lenses alter the shape of your eye, and it takes about 2 weeks for your eyes to return to their normal shape. They did all sorts of tests at the consultation appointment, and the doctor met with me and told me that I was a good candidate for LASIK.  I then discussed payment options with the financial advisor in the office.  About a week before my surgery, I had to go to my eye doctor for a check-up and a special eye dilation.  The eye doctor had to use these special drops that dilate your eyes waaaay more than normal dilation drops.  This is so they can check for any rips, tears, or anything that might require attention before having laser surgery.  My eyes were actually still dilated 3 days later (!!).  I wore sunglasses alot.

The surgery was very quick and painless.  My head was secured against the sides of the chair (picture the area where you put your face when you lie in a massage chair). They put in all sorts of eye drops, including ones to numb my eye.  They held one eye open with a special tool, and taped the other eye shut.  The only uncomfortable part for me was when they put suction on my eyeball in order to make the incision.  It felt similar to pushing your palm against your eyeball, its pressure but it is not painful.  My vision went black temporarily while the incision was being made, but it returned quickly (a few seconds later).  Then I just had to stare at a red light with my eye.  I was in the OR for about 15 minutes, and the laser was only on my eyes for 17 seconds per eye.  Things were a little fuzzy afterwards, but I could see almost immediately.  I actually drove the next day, and it was amazing!

I was sensitive to light for about 2 weeks after the procedure and I wore sunglasses to use the computer.  I saw “halos” around lights while driving at night for the first few weeks as well.  All of this went away around the 3rd week.  I noticed that my eyes were dry, but I was told this is normal and to use Systane preservative-free eye drops, which work great.  I am still using the Systane drops, but less and less as time goes on.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had LASIK as well, and it was the best decision I ever made.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: no problem!  Send me a PM if you want to ask me anything later on.  🙂  Good luck with your LASEK or LASIK!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

When I bought sunglasses recently, they gave me a $150 gift card for LASIK… let me know if anyone wants it and I’ll drop it in the mail!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband and his best friend had lasik. Nothing but rave reviews. My mom is flying into Saint Louis to have it done here because Darling Husband had the best experience with it. Only problem is dry eyes–but it’s a small price to pay. I haven’t heard of Lasek–just lasik and the pek or pep or whatever that is.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My sister had LASIK and had pretty dry eyes for almost a year.  But her vision is great!  I’ve heard the same from a few other friends.  I’ve never heard anyone say that they would not recommend it.  

But, while I was still in school (so this was about 9 years ago), I knew a girl who had it and the blood vessels in the eye had been damaged (but just temporarily).  She was completely fine, but the entire whites of both eyes covered with blood!  After about a week, they were better.

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Just as BAY described, I had a similar experience  about 10 years ago with Lasik. It was the greatest investment and NEVER regretted it. I went with the most reputable, experienced, recommended surgeon who even did my optometrist’s eyes. Worth every penny to not have to worry.  I did request to NOT watch a surgery beforehand though b/c I didn’t want to get grossed out or worried. It was very very quick and relatively painless, no dry eyes or after effects. I love the water now…scuba, snorkeling, swimming, surfing, you name it. And with nighttime baby feedings and diaper changes coming up…I’m sure it will be invaluable.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I think what you heard is that most people end up needing reading glasses at age 40, so people get 10 years of no glasses on average.  You still should be able to see far away, but it doesn’t fix the far-sightedness that starts around 40.  I have thin corneas, so I can’t get LASIK, but I am going to look into LASEK.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: The standard rule for LASIK is that opthos who have done at least 700 procedures have a significantly lower complication rate than those who have done more than 700.  Their is a guy in Columbus (1.5 hours away) who is THE guy, so I need to make an appointment.

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