(Closed) Has anyone ever had Lasik?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve never had it done, but I am trying to set up appointments for consultations to see if I’m even a good candidate (I have astigmatism and near-sightedness).  I know many people who have had it done and everyone says it was the best decision they’ve made regarding their vision.  

I would also like to hear of some more opinions and experiences from the hive!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had Lasik when I was 18.  I’m now 26.  It honestly has been the best investment I have ever made.

The process is scary when they describe it to you, but it does not hurt.  Your eyes heal very quickly.

I was blind as a bat, and I had better than 20/20 vision afterwards.  I totally recommend it to anybody who has bad eyesight.

After my great experience with it my mom got it as well.  She’s had nothing but luck with it too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@DecemberBride: My co-worker’s daughter just had both eyes done and she loves it! They said it was so funny because she was driving (after she’d healed) and would’t stop saying every street name or reading any sign she saw! She wouldn’t shut up. I guess she never truly realized how bad her eyes were until she could drive down the street and see everything!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The process:  (at least mine)
They give you some sort of medicine with crackers to calm your nerves.
You lay down on a table where they place drops in you eyes to numb them.  You can still feel pressure, but no pain.
They tape your eyelids on one eye open.  A metal circle comes down to hold your eye still (it feels like you are still blinking your eye, but you aren’t).  You feel the pressure of the metal circle, but you feel no pain.
They use a scalple?/knife and cut a flap across the surface of your eye.  *This part freaked me out.  Then they lift the flap (like a door) and your vision becomes really blurry.
You hear the laser making zapping sounds.
They shut the flap of your eye (it heals better this way), and they put drops on it to help with healing.
Done in 40 seconds per eye for the total process.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

One of my best friends had it done a few years ago. He’s very happy with it–he said he didn’t have any problems at all.

I’m nearsighted in one eye, farsighted in the other. I don’t think I’d be a good candidate. 🙁

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh, and I was driving by that evening.  lol

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had laser eye surgery (it was LASIK, I just had to check) nearly two years ago. It’s the best thing I ever did! So first things first, you have to have had a stable eye prescription for at least a year to be considered. The prescreening checks and initial consultation were free where I went, it took about an hour total I think. I got in a couple weeks later for the surgery itself. Yes, I was nervous. BUT they gave me a valium which made me very happy and I honestly didn’t care very much about what was about to happen. Great idea! LOL!

***IF YOU’RE SQUEAMISH PLEASE STOP READING HERE***

The surgery itself was very quick, relatively painless. Basically I went into one room, laid down, they sort of block your head in so you can’t move. The worst part of it is that they have to put a sort of caliper type thing on your eye (not that you can see it) to keep your lids open (one eye at a time, not both at the same time). That sucked and was pretty uncomfortable. Then you stare at a dot when the machine comes over your eye. The dot blinks for literally like 5 seconds, and it’s done making the bubbles that form the flap. Because of the lid opener thingy, it felt like a lot of pressure on my eye. Not painful, but definitely a bit “ugh I wish that wasn’t happening”, although tolerable. Then they do the other eye. No biggie.

Then I had to sit in a darkened waiting room for about 10 minutes while the bubbles joined together to form the flap. The nurse gives you these sort of freezing drops so that you can’t feel anything. My nurse forgot about me and they wore off. THAT sucked, it felt like gravel in my eyes. Thankfully Darling Husband got her attention, I got more drops, everything went back to happy land.

Last was the laser surgery itself. Again, the eye caliper thing, they lift the flap (I don’t really remember that part), and then you stare at the dot for a few seconds, they replace and seal the flap, done. Repeat on other eye.

I sat in the recovery area for probably about 20 minutes before we went home. I was really light sensitive for the first maybe 8 hours. I had brought a pashmina and wrapped that around my head (over the lovely sunglasses you have to wear) on the drive home. All told, I was probably in and out of the office in well under 2 hours.

Going into it, I had the same attitude you have. You only get one set of eyes. Therefore, I did not look for the best deals. I got recommendations from my optometrist and carefully researched both the laser eye centre and the surgeon I chose. It ended up being about $3400 I believe and I know there’s cheaper out there, but I didn’t want a place that handed out coupons as it’s main selling feature.

My prescription wasn’t huge, but it was enough that it was annoying not to be able to read the menu board at Starbucks or street signs while driving. I’m SO glad I did it. I also haven’t suffered any complications with night time vision. My surgeon told me this used to happen a lot because the size of the surface area that was being lasered was often smaller than the maximized pupil dialation size. So they took my measurements and lasered based on being larger than my max dialation. 

I hope I covered the bases! Sorry that was long! Let me know if you have any more questions!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@DecemberBride:  I wore both glasses and contacts.  My mom wore both as well, but she was starting to have trouble using contacts.  My vision was worse than my moms.

Recovery time varies per person (from what they told me).  Each week your vision improves more and more (not enough for you to notice).  However, it does become sharper.  They said your vision will be fully healed in 1-3 months – but don’t think you can’t see until then.  My vision was awesome within the week that I had it.  It just slowly progresses and becomes really really sharp over time as it heals.

I was back to work the next day (my mom was too).  You just have to wear these huge sunglasses out in the sunlight and wear goggle-like things to sleep to protect from rubbing your eyes at night. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I posted this about a month ago in another thread, so I copied/pasted it here for you. Just as an update, I now use the drops much less frequently and my light sensitivity is gone. To answer your question: I would Absolutely, without a doubt do the whole LASIK procedure over again. I am still amazed that I have such great vision. I can fall asleep watching TV at night without having to take off my glasses, I can watch movies or use the computer or drive long distances without getting dry contacts, I can see immediately when I wake up and in the shower, I can go swimming without the hassle of glasses/contacts… the list goes on!

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 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. 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. 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 # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Good point. I used the drops for dryness for about six months afterwards. That was my only after effect and it’s very common. It’s all gone now though. I was watching tv the night I had my eyes done and would have been fine to return to work the next day.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am an avid swimmer, so being able to wipe my eyes when I come out of the water is awesome!  No worrying about scratching my eyes with my contacts!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know a lot of people who have had this and two of them have side effects.  There are risks involved.  One woman now see halos everywhere and gets really bad headaches because of this she says.  Another friend now cannot see at night.  He cant drive at night because it is too dangerous.  This is 4 + years after surgery for both of them.

Everyone else I know has said great things about it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am too chicken to get it done!

I know one person who it didn’t really help at all. However, I know another person who had it done a couple of years ago and swears up and down it was the best thing she ever had done.

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