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Old 03-07-2012, 12:49 PM   #16
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Re: I want to do Lasik. Advise needed

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I don't know if you saw my thread, but I have posted a few continuous updates about my Lasik experience. I underwent Lasik on Feb 3, 2012.

I know some people with bad outcomes don't believe that happy people are actually "happy" about their LASIK. Let me tell you, I AM happy. I am a completely active person and hated my glasses. I love excercise, boot camps, and I coach gymnastics part time. I literally got back from a snowboarding trip yesterday, which let me tell you, was spectacular! My eyes were great the entire time I was there. They were a little wind blown and red at the end of the day, but look at the activity I was doing I'm at the point now where I don't even think about the surgery or the minor effects I had (minor dry eyes and some starbursts at night)

And yes, you did read that at correctly. I DO have some minor starbursts at night. Did I know this could happen? Yes. Am I upset by this? No. Does it hamper my lifestyle in any way? No.

For me, the benefits WAY outweigh the very few cons I have/had. I don't think it's fair for some people to assume that if someone has dry eye or other minor symptoms, than they just CAN'T be as happy as they seem. That's simply not true. I am beyond thrilled thus far.

My dry eye is hardly there any more. I put drops in only because I'm supposed to; not because I feel I need them.

While we are being honest, the biggest downside (for me, anyway), is the paranoia that something could happen to my eye. I'm extremely cautious while removing makeup, showering, etc., and I have no idea when I will relax! But that's just a personal issue

Again, this is only my opinion and my experience, and I understand that other people have less than desirable outcomes.

I have my next appointment on the 12th, and will update my blog then!

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:11 PM   #17
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Ihateglasses - why can't you wear contacts?

 
Old 03-17-2012, 04:37 AM   #18
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yea that's weird, why can't he wear contacts. Technology in contacts evolved too, so many options. Maybe it's psychological for him, can't stand something in the eye, or eyes dry too fast with contacts.

 
Old 03-17-2012, 11:08 AM   #19
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I was thinking it may be psychological. But if that is the case, I wanted to tell him that everyone is squeamish at first about touching their eye, but usually they work with you at first to train you on how to put them in and take them out and you get over the touching the eye thing really quickly.

 
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I just can't wear contacts. Wish I could.

I can't tolerate anything touching my eyes. I tried to put it on my eyes several times but no success with contacts.


Btw, is PRK very painful ? PRK sounds so much better than Lasik. In my area there is no bladeless option. They will use razor blade type thing to cut cornea. OMG! its damn scary and dangerous. I am now thinking about PRK. It doesn't have any cutting. They just remove epithelium cell with solution and brush which will regenerate.

Did anyone have any PRK experience to share ? Was it very painful recovery ?

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Old 03-19-2012, 01:01 AM   #21
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You can't tolerate anything touching your eye, but you wouldn't mind laser burning your cornea tissue?
PRK is probably painful then lasik, in terms of recovery, and more time is needed for your vision to settle. In the end laser still needs to ablate cornea, so you will still have same tratment as those with lasik, and with prk you are still in the risk of nightvision issues and other, you only eliminated flap complications.

 
Old 03-30-2012, 04:25 PM   #22
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People, there are lot of folks in this forum who had some issue or other on Lasik. You should listen to them. But there are lot of others like me who have had successful surgeries. You need to weigh that too.. It is a surreal feeling to wake up in the middle of the night and see the time on the clock without having to search for your glasses..It is also nice to see you spouses face at night while on the bed in the light of just the night lamp while your talking or doing something else ..I had no pain after surgery. My cousin had pain for two days.. I think it is worth it. Think about it..Everything including the OTC ibuprofen has a risk.. Is it worth taking it should be your own decision and not influenced by anyone..

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Old 05-01-2012, 12:38 PM   #23
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i had lasik and I am a Doctor , for me it has been a disaster , pains dry eyes poor vision , the surgeons do not know a lot of the complications either , check up the american academy of ophthalmology guidelines on consent they are good place to start

 
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People, there are lot of folks in this forum who had some issue or other on Lasik. You should listen to them. But there are lot of others like me who have had successful surgeries. You need to weigh that too.. It is a surreal feeling to wake up in the middle of the night and see the time on the clock without having to search for your glasses..It is also nice to see you spouses face at night while on the bed in the light of just the night lamp while your talking or doing something else ..I had no pain after surgery. My cousin had pain for two days.. I think it is worth it. Think about it..Everything including the OTC ibuprofen has a risk.. Is it worth taking it should be your own decision and not influenced by anyone..
Risking on sensatory organ such as eyes is something completeley different. And ok there are risks, but risks with what, flap complication? The bizzare thing abut this procedure is, you can end up seeing so badly then before, even though on paper and on machins scaning your eyes telling you procedure is done right. That is the problem with me. So you end up with failed procedure, but in eyes of surgeon or lasik clinics it is success. So people should not be taking a risk in medical procedure where nobody adresses this problems.

 
Old 05-03-2012, 06:55 AM   #25
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i had lasik and I am a Doctor , for me it has been a disaster , pains dry eyes poor vision , the surgeons do not know a lot of the complications either , check up the american academy of ophthalmology guidelines on consent they are good place to start
You are a doctor of what? Lasik surgeons do not know about complications? How are they lasik surgeons then, I belive they know, but don't care. And probably know of peopel ending up badly no matter how perfect the procedure is in the end. I wonder what motivates somebody to be a surgeon in this area where there is no solution for these complications, and no reason to have them, money? Really? Then I admire the greed of these people and ahving cojones to touch and cut other peoples eyes knowing they can't do nothing about problems after. That is one completely new kind of "doctors".

 
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You are a doctor of what? Lasik surgeons do not know about complications? How are they lasik surgeons then, I belive they know, but don't care. And probably know of peopel ending up badly no matter how perfect the procedure is in the end. I wonder what motivates somebody to be a surgeon in this area where there is no solution for these complications, and no reason to have them, money? Really? Then I admire the greed of these people and ahving cojones to touch and cut other peoples eyes knowing they can't do nothing about problems after. That is one completely new kind of "doctors".
Part of the problem is that it does seem very commercial, even mercenary - and from what I've seen of UK law, the previous poster is technically qualified to be a "lasik surgeon" - without any relevant training beyond being "a doctor". One of the other boards had a patient quite worried who then discovered the "lasik surgeon" who operated on his eyes did it as a sideline to her Botox and cosmetic business!

I'd like to think the vast majority of doctors are honest enough not to sink to that level, of course, and the one who did my LASIK last week is genuinely an ophthalmic specialist who has apparently done many such operations before, and he got his MBCHB from the teaching hospital I'm doing research at myself, which is probably a good sign. (My research is, ironically, in compensating for image distortion in surgery - on endoscopes, rather than eyeballs. Rather more room for trial and error there...)

 
Old 05-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #27
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I realize my reply is long after the original post, but as a new forum member, I gotta say that LASIK was the best thing I ever did. I only wish I had done it sooner. I was a -7.0 and -7.5 and had worn glasses or contacts since age eight.

I had LASIK done in March 2001. They warned me that my vision might start to decrease in my forties. Here I am, 11 years post-LASIK and in my late forties, and yes, I am starting to have a little trouble with distances. I also am a little more sensitive to bright light than I was pre-LASIK.

ANY surgery comes with risks, and you can always have one eye done at a time if you're truly afraid. I would guess that the risks now are substantially lower than they were in 2001 when I had it done. I say go for it. And enjoy that first morning when you wake up and can actually see without reaching for the glasses.

 
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Never JUST GO FOR IT on serious medical procedure like this.
You will get normal or worse results. Simple as that, no surgeon no laser can prevent you from ending up with smudgy vaseline vision.

But ofcourse you can go for it and gamble, but just remember it i the biggest gamble in your life with your psyche, eye vision stability and all your life. Bad result can impact your life, as life of your loved ones around you.

And you obvusly don't understand all complicatins we are discussing here. Why should somebody belive you that you have normal or perfect vision? MAybe it is normal to you, it wouldnt be to somebody else. Vision is subjective. I'm not saying yu ain't seeing crystal clear, just i alrady talked to some people who brag about their lasik on forums or facebook and also saying just go for it. Well some of them see halos, glare, ghosting, blurry low light vision, or you can say they ended up with some loss of quality of vision, but they are actually saying all is perfect when talking about procedure or advising people to go for it.

Oh how I wish to reach for glasses again, but no glasses can correct my problems now.

Oh and, it's not me saying it is really a gamble and you can nt know the outcome, even FDA distanced themselves with that that no matter the surgeon or laser you can end u with bad really bad vision. And they are the ones who approved it.

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:10 AM   #29
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My turn for my input!

Since I was 10 I have needed glasses. I wore them and hated them. We were too poor, when I was a teenager to wear contacts, so I had to wear thick glasses in high school. I hated it so I would take them off and squint until I could see. I despised wearing glasses with a passion!

When I got a job I paid for my contacts, loved the contacts. As I got older I was getting tired of the contacts. I love being in the water and hated that when I would come out of the pool, I had to fix my contacts most of the time. That's when I started reseaching lasik. My job offers a flexible spending account that would help pay for it in small payments. I went to a seminar and the doctor answered all my questions and then some. My one main question was, "could I get blind". She as well as her staff said there were complications that can happen but that was rare. that was my only fear.

My two main research was google & my coworkers, who both had it done back in the early 2000s. It has been 13 years for my supervisor and 12 for my coworker. They both can still see, my supervisor is older and now needs glasses but are thin. My coworker sees fine and he is okay.

I went and had lasik last week! For me, it's the best thing ever. I figured even if I need to wear glasses in 10 years, I will be able to swim, play softball, football, drive without any contacts OR glasses for atleast 10 years. If I could do it again, I would! I did all this with a scar in my eye. I got the scar from my contacts back in the day. The only thing I have like everyone else is the starburst lights at night. I have even asked my coworkers if they had starbursts or halos and they did and they no longer have it. Also I made both coworkers rub their eyes very hard to see if in fact they could and they did.

Like someone else said, I'm afraid that I will poke something in my eye and the flap would open. I also made my coworker touch their eyeball.

Like others said, it's your decision!!!! In my opinion if you really hate glasses like I did, I would do it! I mean you only live once right?

 
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WAit you are saying you see starburst and all effects at night? How long ago was your surgery, don't you understand that is omething considere a side effects, something not normal for your eye to see? And if you see starbursts at night, you must have some loss of acuity of vision, cuse if starbursts are formng getting bigger or smaller, that means some untreted light is passing into your eye, while with glasses, all corrected light passed thourgh lens and yu didn't see starbursts and acuity was preserved. Its upto you if you dont mind loss of vision quality, not everbody is the sme as you about their sight, or can trade glasses for problematic vision. I don't know how muc of your side effects are, but this just proves that many people even those with bad and big starburst etc are telling others they are hapyp and reccomendng procedure. Not being completely honest, and if this doesn't impact you, there are people wh can not stand that, and how blurring of image ok for trading wearing of glsse. Sorry I have big starburst, not some minor thing, something that really impacts my ability to drive in low light, move in low light, make myself dinner under a lightbulb etc. I notice these things because I understand what it is, i do not think this is normal vision nor that it doesnt affect me, it affects my ability to live normally like before, not something i search to see, its just there. I notice that, i must admire if somebody has the same problem as me, and says its ok, i must doubt in sanity of that person, it's liek wearing dried out lens with vaseline over it, nothing is sharp as before, I want sharpness as before, i only get sharpness when i put alphagan drops which work to unutarually shrink my pupils.

It is our decsion, based on false advertising, false doctors who tell otherwise and flase "satisifed" patients who dont tell to people how they really see. Yes its completely our chocie, go se hindsight 20/20 abc whatever, they recorded doctors with fake patient going asking them will nightvision disturbances go away, everyone tells it will go away. People naturally belive their doctor, it is NOT TRUE, this problem is not solved, people still end up with problems, it does not go away. How is it ur and my fault if reakn doctors tell you therwise, then only smart thing is dont trust anybody dont do it, cause evenDOCTORS are lying about it, not telling complete reality. How can you defend such lying to patient before going to a serious life altering procedure? Sure we only live once, then we should take care of our eyes, love them the way they are, make them our preciouses right? Only oe life one chance, why risk that chance for screwing something up? In the end it is a procedure which cuts yur healthy cornea and leaves yu with weakened cornea and flap for the rest of your life, no matter if you see perfectly, still you have something from it, and still things can go bad. It would be better for me too see this that way, one life, don't screw with your vision, we have glasses and contacs, dont be naive, one LIFe one pair of eyes. Taking risk with this is the biggest risk everyone took everyone, because it i unnecesary risk and procedure, we are all naive, and don't appreciate or eyes, we were not blind, we could see with other things, we wanted natural normal vision with unutural procedure which makes a cut in your strong and healthy cornea. Sorry but I think i am crazy for doing this, moment of weakness we could call it, trusting to people, I know i should have listened to my gut, dont trust to people, don trust to dctors who do this for huge amounts of money, all is there, pokng us in the eye, all complicatins and everything, and yet i've done it. Sorry, but i consider normal NORMAL vision withut any loss of acuity, any starvburst and glare and halo ghosting etc, sorry but that s normal vision, this what you have is lasik vision. And ok, you are happy with that, I am not, as many other here. As you can see people post here wondering why d they see bad at low light than before, too much of that kind of postst right? Who knows how many peopel dont talk or post anything about that.

Reality is: THIS PROCEDURE STILL HAS PROBLEMS LIKE 20 YEARS AGO, NO MATTER WHERE NO MATTER IF JESUS COMES AND OPERATES YOU, THERE ARE CHANCES THAT YOU WILL LOSE QUALITY OF VISION. Nothing is solved, they keep on doing it, falsely advertising it, i dont know why is this called eye corrective surgery? When t doesn not correct everything rght, only one part of vision is successful at. Money makes this surgery stay, some collaterall damaged patients are acceptable, its like if 90% people are satisfied its ok, keep it going. It doesnt matter if all 90% got normal and perfect vision, it just matters that they are satisfied, while others are destroyed. And there is no correction, the sickest thing you would think, well if they leave some small prescription i will wear some glasses now and there, nooo, no glasses help anymore, your eyes are changed with problems that no glasses can correct, how is that normal?

I cant drive a tlow light, sure i can swim at sunlight at day, but indors my vision is far worse than before, so what to do, sleep, can't even watch a movie normally? And what, i m considered succes and they say everything is ok. See how crazy this is, when you are in freakin limbo of nobody knowing how what where.

 
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