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by futurern123 futurern123 (Member)

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I was wondering if anyone here has had lasik and if so, are you satisfied? I'm contemplating getting it since I can't wear my contacts because of GPC.

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GooeyRN is a ASN, RN and specializes in Psych, Med/Surg, LTC.

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I had it done in 2001 and had great results. My vision was 20/400, and within 24 hours after surgery it was 20/10. 6 years later, I have 20/20 vision. My dh had LASEK done in 2002 and also had great results. However, we both have dry eyes now.

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HeartsOpenWide is a RN and specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

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It will be one year for me in august; and I love it. Before the surgery I saw 20/400 (the giant E on the very top of the chart) with an astigmatism and at my last post-op visit I was seeing 20/20. It was the best investment I have ever made. I can actually see what I am doing when I shave my legs in the shower and no fogged up glasses, no head aches from contacts, I get to buy the stylish sunglasses without having to pay for a prescription, I can walk in the rain without getting water on my glasses, one last thing to pack on a trip, no more expensive glasses every few years and contact lenses even more frequently, I can actually see my alarm clock at night, I can watch TV an night and lay on my side (glasses get smashed), I smile more, the list goes on!!

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nursejohio is a ASN, RN and specializes in NA, Stepdown, L&D, Trauma ICU, ER.

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best decision i've ever made. mine was in jan 2005. i had to have prk done on the right eye, but i got lasik on the left. my left eye was almost crystal clear the next day, my right one took about a week to clear up and a month or so to 'settle'. i couldn't even read the big E before surgery, now i see better than 20/20. my eyes are a little dry, but they were before surgery too. i only use the artificial tears a couple times a week at most, so it's not a huge problem... and if lasik caused them to be a lil drier than before, that's a trade i'd gladly make again

good luck!

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All_Smiles_RN specializes in Cardiology.

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this thread comes at a perfect time. my husband and i are both having lasik done this month... him this friday and me in two weeks!

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bekindtokittens specializes in Psych..

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I had Lasik February this year and have been absolutely thrilled. I don't know what my vision was before, but I can tell you this...I could barely read my alarm clock right beside my bed without my glasses. I have very sensitive eyes and was never able to wear contacts, so being free from my glasses is just THE BEST. I have ended up with about 20/25 vision at the moment, and at my next appointment I will consult with my doctor about a (free) touchup to get back to the 20/20 point. I will definitely have it done again because recovery, for me, was a breeze. I could see fine that very day. I was sensitive to sunlight for awhile, and my eyes are a bit drier still, but putting in drops once a day for me is more than worth losing the glasses.

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WakeUpRN specializes in PACU, Med/Surg.

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My husband had lasik three years ago and he has better than 20/20 now. His vision was so bad, one day we were jet skiing at the beach, he lost his glasses and started freaking out because he couldn't see which way the beach was, poor guy. He was scared to have the lasik but now he is very happy with the results. (He's been in glasses since he was 7, so he still has indentions on his head!;) )

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Pupnshnooter specializes in Office Management.

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I had mine done on February 27, 2007. I had been wanting to get it done FOREVER. My right eye was -6.5 and my left was -6.75. I wasn't sure if I would be eligible for the surgery because my vision was so poor. My Hubby wanted to be the guinea pig and had PRK last year and was very happy. I am esctatic - I still find myself reaching for my glasses in the morning or wanting to push up the glasses towards my face!!!! Yes, you will have dry eyes from it, but a few drops of wetting solution does the trick. And yes your reading vision will deteriorate after 40, but hey, I'd rather need reading glasses than full time glasses!

My only advice is - don't go to a cheap place - ones that advertise or offer the buy one get one free. You get what you pay for. My surgery was $5K and insurance does not cover it. I am glad I went with a reputable doctor. I always feel that if a doctor has to advertise for business than something is wrong.

Good Luck.

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jenrninmi is a MSN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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I had lasik February of 2005 and I love it! My vision was really bad beforehand, now they're better than 20/20! Also, I have no problems with dry eyes.

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DO IT!!! You won't regret it, but like someone else said, you get what you pay for, so do alot of research before you decide on a Dr. I used 2 different Dr.'s, the one that did all of my precertification is the Optomotrist for the Astronauts in Houston, the one that did the procedure is one of the top 10 Dr.'s for this in the world, he's at Baylor Vision in Houston!! I had PRK done in 2004, it's been wonderful. I too couldn't see my hand in front of my face w/o glasses, now I see great!!! I had to have PRK due to thin corneas, the only major difference in PRK than LASIK is it takes a little longer to get final results, but I was seeing fine right after, things were a little fuzzy for a couple of weeks, but not bad. Like everyone else has said, my eyes are a little dry, but that's an easy fix, oh, and sometimes I have trouble with glares, but nothing major! I had worn glasses since 3rd grade and I was SO happy to throw them in the trash after my procedure!! Good luck to you!

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mimimartina specializes in nursing home,psych,chemical dependency.

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Does this surgery work for people who only need reading glasses? I have to put my glasses on and off 50,000 times a day, and it is most aggravating...

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