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Old 09-09-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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I made an appointment to go to a free consultation to a large eye center for LASIK surgery. It's something I've been wanting for years, but just never made the initial call. I'm a little nervous of course, because it's my eyes. But I'm also nervous because I've had Graves Disease as well as a slight astigmatism. They do not believe the Graves Disease will be an issue as I'm on no medication for it and currently (and for years) only take thyroid meds.

Has anyone had LASIK surgery? I'm interested in any experiences, pros and cons.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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My cousin had it done about 4 or 5 years ago. She got tired of wearing glasses or contacts and she's very happy that she had it done.
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I had it done over 10 years ago and it was a breeze. Only discomfort I had was a sensation like I had been peeling onions. It lasted just a couple of hours and within 24hours I could see etchings I hadn't seen clearly in decades! I just recently started needing glasses again and am going to see about a touchup pretty soon.

Several of my family members and friends have had it. Only one has had any issues- she went to a cut-rate clinic with a doctor who didnt have much experience, and she sees halos around lights at night. Everyone else I know has been delighted.

I would recommend that you research the clinic you're considering and follow pre and post-surgery instructions carefully.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:27 PM   #4
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My SIL and her 3 grown children had it done about 10 years ago. My SIL now has to wear glasses all the time again. All 3 kids now need glasses to help them read. They all had astigmatisms.

My SIL's sister had it done and hers didn't turn out very well. She went to a "cut-rate" clinic that was cheaper than other clinics.

Just research the clinics and check out their ratings. You could ask for references of the patients they have done. A credible doctor wouldn't mind giving you references, if the patients give their OK.

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Thanks. I know 2 people who went here Eye Care Baton Rouge | Williamson Eye Center Louisiana and that's where my appointment is. I can't seem to find any negative reviews anywhere whatsoever. I nearly hit the floor when she told me the price because it's more than double what I've been hearing. However, that actually makes me feel a little better. I'm not afraid to spend the money to go to the best place.
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I have always wished I could get it done. My vision is too bad I would still have to wear glasses after, so why bother. I am at -11.5
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I had it done too close to 10 years ago and had that same fear as you. Mine was more like "Sorry but here's your dog and stick" as they put my onto the curb. My husband and I had it done at the same time~together. So if things went back we would have been in deep trouble. At the time our oldest son was 15 and he drove us home. They were nice enough to offer a Xanax they gave prior to the procedure That night was a little rough and the dog and stick would have come in handy but the next morning was amazing! I'm starting to have trouble with very tiny print but I can see much better than my friends that are the same age.

Being serious~I too had an astigmatism that was very hard to correct with contacts. They just didn't make a contact with the toric I needed. My eyes changed after each baby and by the time I had #3 I wasn't able to wear contacts any longer. Not only did they fix the astigmatism they I had the monovision where they made one eye compensate for distance and the other for close.
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I had it done too close to 10 years ago and had that same fear as you. Mine was more like "Sorry but here's your dog and stick" as they put my onto the curb. My husband and I had it done at the same time~together. So if things went back we would have been in deep trouble. At the time our oldest son was 15 and he drove us home. They were nice enough to offer a Xanax they gave prior to the procedure That night was a little rough and the dog and stick would have come in handy but the next morning was amazing! I'm starting to have trouble with very tiny print but I can see much better than my friends that are the same age.

Being serious~I too had an astigmatism that was very hard to correct with contacts. They just didn't make a contact with the toric I needed. My eyes changed after each baby and by the time I had #3 I wasn't able to wear contacts any longer. Not only did they fix the astigmatism they I had the monovision where they made one eye compensate for distance and the other for close.
Thanks. On the phone this morning, she mentioned that as I get around the age of 45 (which is really far away) I may need reading glasses. I can deal with that. I'm really tired of wearing contacts.
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They told me I would need reading glasses right away (I was 40) but I didn't really need them until 2-3 years ago about age (cough) 52.

One thing nobody warns you about, though... You will be amazed at how dirty your shower is when you can actually see it
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I had mine done over 10 years ago. My eye doctor told me the worst part is the 4 hours After the surgery. And he was right. Right after the surgery, you wear dark glasses, and you need to stay away from any light. After 4 hours like he said, it started feeling better, and it's been fantastic every since. I am almost 60 (ick) and I do wear reading glasses. Cheap walgreens glasses to read. But to drive, watch tv, etc. I do not need them. I love having mine done, and I would do it all over again. I didn't hear anyone else mention how you felt right after the surgery. In fact my eyes really bothered me about 45 minutes after the surgery. I went to the darkest room in my house, closed blinds, had the glasses on, took an advil, and laid down. After 4 hours, I was fine.
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Thanks. On the phone this morning, she mentioned that as I get around the age of 45 (which is really far away) I may need reading glasses. I can deal with that. I'm really tired of wearing contacts.
This is the reason I didn't do it. I would have to wear glasses so much more than I do now. Right now it's only for watching TV and driving, but if I had it done, I would need to wear glasses for close up work and even the computer! I know many doctors say do one eye of each, but then I'd worry about driving and something getting in my driving eye. I think your wise to go to a reputable place, that's the main thing.
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I had the surgery about 7 years ago. I waited for years for the technology to get good enough to work on someone with very bad vision. (-950) I admit it did hurt a little and I did see weird things for awhile in direct lights at night. But, it went away. Best birthday present I ever received - getting up in the morning and not having to feel for my glasses or stepping on them.
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Thank you everyone. So far you are all thrilled!

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This is the reason I didn't do it. I would have to wear glasses so much more than I do now. Right now it's only for watching TV and driving, but if I had it done, I would need to wear glasses for close up work and even the computer! I know many doctors say do one eye of each, but then I'd worry about driving and something getting in my driving eye. I think your wise to go to a reputable place, that's the main thing.
In the initial phone consultation this morning when she mentioned I would need reading glasses, I asked if that would be with or without the surgery. She said probably either way due to age. I was under the impression that the surgery did NOT promote loss of eyesight when reading.
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I had mine done 10 years ago and wish I would have done it sooner. I don't need reading glasses. I highly recommend going to a reputable clinic, it costs more but it IS your eyes...
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Thank you everyone. So far you are all thrilled!



In the initial phone consultation this morning when she mentioned I would need reading glasses, I asked if that would be with or without the surgery. She said probably either way due to age. I was under the impression that the surgery did NOT promote loss of eyesight when reading.
I was told, that near sidedness and far sidedness were almost opposite conditions, and as you get older, your eye become more far sided, thus needing reading glasses. On the other hand, you near sidedness become better, if I don't ever correct my eyes, the doctor said; I probably won't ever need reading glasses. When I wear contacts now, I do need reading glasses for the computer, or to even read a price tag, so I generally just wear one contact, but again, this is scary for driving, although a lot of people do it. I can tell you, that you have no idea how much of your life is close up work; even putting on makeup is more difficult. I was around 50 when contacts had this effect, and it's great being able to still thread a needle or read a restaurant menu!
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