Post # 16
So if something does go wrong like @Mrscandy said, is there anything that can be done to fix it? Or are they just stuck seeing halos and not being able to see at night for the rest of their lives?
@baystatebride: I was also referred to the TLC Lasik center here in Seattle. So on the whole you had a good experience with them?
One of the things I’m looking forward to most is being able to buy a pair of sunglasses and not have to get rx lenses put in!
Post # 17
I want to get LASIK so bad! I’ve have glasses since age 6 and contacts since age 12 and lately my eyes just can’t tolerate daily wear anymore. And my vision is terrible. Thanks to everyone who is sharing their experiences, I’m really glad to read them all!
Post # 19
My husband had it done before he went to Iraq. He’s so happy he did it. He is part of the percentage with really dry eyes, but he says it’s awesome to be able to see. My mom’s having it done next week, too!
Post # 20
I’ve never had Lasik but I really want to! So does my husband, he will probably be the first because his prescription is pretty low so it’ll be cheaper for him. Whereas my prescription is HIGH and I have astigmatism.
My brother and SIL have both had Lasik. And it’s great! For a couple days after their eyes were sensitive to light and they gave them these hideous black sunglasses that you have to wear for 1-2 day afterwards. They don’t regret it at all.
I really think it’s a great investment over the years. If you calculate what you spend yearly on glasses, checkups, contacts, solution, etc.
Post # 21
The halo/night driving problem is what I mentioned above. The centre should measure your maximum pupil dialation size to make sure that it’s not larger than the surface area size they laser. For instance, the centre I went to lasers 6.5mm across, my max pupil dialation was 6 mm, so I just squeezed in. I haven’t had any problems. However, if my max dialation was 6.5 or more, I would definitely have had halos/night vision issues. They used to only laser a smaller area, but got a lot of complaints about the halo/night vision issues and that’s when they figured out this problem with the dialation sizes.
If you have a strong prescription you may need more than one laser treatment (although that doesn’t sound like the case). At my centre, the price was the price, no matter how many treatments you needed. I think they had only ever had one or two cases of someone needing to come back a second time. They had never had a case of anyone coming out with worse or damaged vision in any way. All my after care was included in the price, and if I ever need a “touch up” it’s free. I had a series of follow up appointments to make sure my flaps were healing and resealing properly. The first one was the day following the initial procedure, and I had to go back to the laser centre. After that it was with my regular optomitrist I believe 1 week, 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year afterward. I had some dryness so I went to my optomitrist a few times between and that was covered by the fee I paid as well.
Post # 22
I’ve had it as well! I got it last March after 15+ years of glasses and contacts and not being able to stand contacts anymore – my eyes were itching and burning by 5pm everyday. it’s amazing… actually being able to see when you wake up in the morning? priceless. it was $3750 for custom lasik (meaning the laser targets specific areas in the eyes with different prescriptions instead of just blanket correction like doing -5.75 in the left and -5.25 in the right) in my area, I got it done at TLC and used a FSA account to save some money. i have astigmatism as well and it wasn’t a problem. they put me on those tear-producing drops beforehand because i guess i have acute dry eyes and since lasik can affect tear production it was a precaution. for the actual surgery, they gave me a vallium, went over some stuff, gave me some numbing drops and then it’s like bakerella
said. i laid on a table and enjoyed the show lol. for each eye they put a suction cup thingy over it, then they talked me through the whole thing with stuff like “you’ll hear a clicking sound for 22 seconds” and count me down for it. you basically look straight ahead and focus on trying not to move too much. you’ll see some sponges swab over your eyes as they move the flap, but everything really just stays kind of a blur the whole time. my mom was there to drive me home and take care of me (the vallium zonked me out and she was great for waking me up to put drops in) and watched the whole thing on a camera outside – lol! she was horrified (okay, not REALLY but she was icked out) and another doctor walking by came over and explained the procedure to her as it was happening – really nice. afterwards, you throw on some shades and go home to recover. that’s the worst part i’d say. my eyes were stinging from the impact and the drops, but it only lasts a day. and that’s TOTALLY worth it. I whole-heartedly recommend it, and TLC in particular. They’re reputable and have great customer service.
Post # 23
my experience is almost exactly what elliestan said!
I got my LASIK at TLC almost 3 years ago. I had about -4.0 in both eyes plus an astigmatism. I got really irritated with contacts all the time. I remember TLC has several different options that correlate to different prices, and i went with the highest-priced one, cause like someone said, my eyesight wasn’t something i wanted to bargain shop for. it was close to $4k for both eyes. I was a little nervous going into it, but the procedure is not bad at all. As soon as it was over, i could read the eye chart at the 20/20 line, but everything was still hazy, as if you’re looking through a wet windshield and forgot to turn on the wipers! Because of the meds they gave me (i think it was Attivan?), i fell asleep before we even got home, and continued sleeping for pretty much the rest of the day except when my mom woke me up for drops. by the next day when i woke up, vision was perfect! my eyes were still a little irritated for about a week, and i had to use re-wetting drops for a couple months, but the vision continued to improve little by little and for the past couple visits to my eye doctor, i’ve been able to read the lowest line on their eye chart (better than 20/20!). I would obviously recommend it to anyone, and have gone with several of my friends since then to drive them home following their procedure! go with a reputable place and a doc you feel comfortable with, and it can work out really great!
Post # 24
bumping this, anyone else??
Post # 25
I want this done so damn bad.
ETA: I do love the way I look with glasses though. My vision is absolutely horrid. I want to be able to lie down and watch tv without glasses. Be able to shower and see clearly. Swimming too. It sucks hardcore. Oh, and to wear regular sunglasses.
Post # 26
I am getting it done in about a month, was hoping there were some other experiences 🙂 My vision isn’t too too bad, but it’s annoying not being able to see far without glasses for TV, driving, reading signs, etc. I’m just so happy I can get it done!
Post # 27
I’ve had LASIK… TWICE!
The first time I had it done was about 5 years ago and at the time I was really too young to have it done, but the Dr. agreed to do it because my eyesight was so bad. (It had been like -5.0 since middle school) I had the custom LASIK done and it was amazing. Yes, the procedure is uncomfortable — but from start to finish it was probably about 10 minutes. Immediately after, even the slightest bit of light was excrutiatingly painful. However, I went home & took an ambien, and after my long nap… no more pain and I was seeing 20/30, and 20/10 the next day! No side effects to speak of.
When I had it done the second time, I had the new “bladeless” procedure done. It was far less uncomfortable than the first time I had it done… so much so that I went to breakfast immediately after and then went shopping. However, the recovery time was a lot longer. My vision was still blurry in my left eye for about 5 days, and almost two weeks in my right eye — and during that time my eyes got tired pretty quickly. Again, after the initial recovery time… no side effects.
With both procedures, I would say without a doubt the negatives far outweighed the positives and I would tell anyone to do it if they had the means by which. It definitely changed my life!
Post # 28
THANKS @DecemberBride: for posting this!! I have been thinking about this for a long time and this helps. I’m TERRIFIED to have it done (seriously I was getting anxious/upset stomach reading these posts) because *as mentioned* you only get one set of eyes and I’d rather be “blind” then BLIND. I have -6.25 in contacts in each eye and would probably burst into tears if I could see without annoying contacts/glasses.
@DecemberBride: Let us know how it goes!