Lasik eye surgery??

  1. Hi!! Has anyone had this eye surgery? Any pros or cons to share with me? I am debating having it done, my new glasses are so thick that it is almost embarrassing!! Thanks for any info!
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  3. by   purplemania
    Have not had it done but worked several years for MD's who perfomed surgery and my DIL had it done with success. Results depend on your current presciption, gender and age. Young, females with scripts > -7.50 do not stabilize as well as others. You can probably research statistics. The object is to make your eyes like someone born with "normal" vision, which means you will need to wear bifocals or reading glasses when presbyopia sets in. You cannot be sighted for near and far at the same time. Good luck.
  4. by   renerian
    I had a friend who ended up with infections in both eyes and permanent eye damage/scars. Eyes are worse off now.

  5. by   itsme
    Thanks for the replies! I do have some other eye problems, and have been researching online. Hopeing to find any info!! My Left eye does not and has never turned to the left, creating worse vision for the right eye, and some double vision without my glasses. Maybe I will just live with the thick lens and be thankful I have eyesight at all! Have agreat day everyone!
  6. by   live4today
    I too have a dear friend whose adult son had the surgery, and he has been in litigation about the damages recieved from the surgery for a few years now. It made him legally blind in one eye.

    Another friend's husband had the surgery last week. He can see better far away but no change close up.
  7. by   karenG
    I worked at moorfields eye hospital for years- and I have this theory- when eye surgeons have lasik so will I! and most of the surgeons I have worked with are dead against it- most wont even wear contact lens's!!

    good luck whatever you decide.

  8. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by karenG
    most wont even wear contact lens's!!
    Is that true, Karen? Gee, makes me wonder what they know about contact lenses that they aren't sharing with the rest of us. I've been wearing contacts for about 13 years now. Worries me to hear that some eye surgeons refuse to wear them. Hmm...
  9. by   coffeehound
    People with eye motility issues are poor candidates for LASIK. There is a wide diversity of opinion as to whether people with strabismus should ever be allowed to have it done. Unless you are fully versed in why you have motility issues and understand any additional risks that you may be taking on, don't do it. Do not allow anyone who does not have experience in strabismus/ motility issues tell you are a candidate.

    Please be careful.
  10. by   LaurieCRNP2002
    From what I've heard/read, etc, astigmatism is also a risk factor for a bad outcome. Itsme, there are lots of websites out there about Lasik (as I'm sure you're discovering!). Even though my astigmatism is mild (-0.5 diopters), I've decided that I can live with contacts/glasses and will not ever get the surgery. Everyone has to make the decision for themselves. I wish you the best of luck whichever way you decide to go on this

  11. by   sjoe
    "my new glasses are so thick that it is almost embarrassing!! "

    You might look into high-index polycarbonate lenses.

    There is a new lasix procedure, variously called "custom" or "pulsed" that supposedly has far fewer negative side effects. Of course, it costs more (surprise!).
  12. by   Tilleycs
    I had it done several years ago, and I'm GLAD I did! I wish I'd been able to afford it sooner! I got glasses in the 3rd grade, and contacts in the 9th grade. I now have the vision I USED to have when I wore my contacts. I can see the alarm clock when I wake up in the morning! That alone is worth it to me. I was never able to do that before in my LIFE.

    I've heard the horror stories, too, and that's one of the things I talked to them about before I got mine done. It only takes 45 seconds an eye. I got mine done on a Saturday, and I went back to work on Monday (and I'm in front of a computer all day). Your vision is a little blurry, but it clears up completely in a week or so.

    I understand people having reservations, but don't get spooked by all the stories (there are horror stories about EVERYTHING). If you want it done, go get the facts FROM THE SURGEON for yourself.
  13. by   stella123 rn
    The horror stories!! I am glad you asked this. I am having it done next thrusday and have never been so excited. Anyone I have ever talked to has nothing but good things to say about it. It has been the best thing they have ever done. I have learned that there is a lot more maintence in the first couple months than I expected (several kinds of drops several times a day). I figure I can handle it. I will let you know how it goes.
  14. by   Tilleycs
    Yes, horror stories abound for everything. There's at least one for every kind of operation, procedure, organization, professor, etc. out there.

    I didn't have to use several kinds of drops - just one kind, and they gave me some samples to get me started. I just had to put drops in my eyes every few hours. I said, "No problem!" Small thing to do in exchange for finally having great vision!

    My vision used to be 20/400 (it was actually worse, but that's just the bottom of the spectrum), but now I have perfect vision in one eye and one step of nearsightedness in the other. I wouldn't trade it for anything.