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    Old 10-18-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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    chickened out of Lasik

    The other day I had the 2 and a half hour preliminary exam with the dialating eye drops and was told that I was an excellant candidate for the surgery, with thick corneas and small pupils. I was approved for zero percent financing and made the surgery appointment for mid-November. Then I started looking around on this website and others and I chickened out and canceled my appointment. I know the largest percentage of people are happy with their results and then there is another group having some trouble and then a much smaller group that is near suicidal because of the complications. For me, I just came to the conclusion not to take the risk, at least at this time.

    If you had it to do over again, would you? Was I needlessly scared off?

    I certainly hope that those of you who have had the procedure are happy and those with any complications are improving.

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    Old 10-19-2007, 05:53 AM   #2
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    One question I would ask is - how old are you? That sometimes is a factor in recovery. I would never encourage someone to have an elective surgery - it's not my call..... I can tell you I considered it for several years before taking the plunge. The only reason I decided to do it was to keep out of bi-focals... and the price became affordable for me.

    I am functioning OK after surgery. I'm 2 months post-op and still a little blurry in one eye and I still use drops several times a day. AND, I have to carry reading glasses in pocket all the time now (but, I'm 51 years old!). I was not one of those "jump out the chair and yell 'it's great' people".

    Would I do it again? I'm not at the point to say yes on that yet. Check back in a few months! LOL.

    Best wishes.

     
    Old 10-19-2007, 08:03 AM   #3
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    Nugeme, all the best in your recovery process. Obviously, after investing your eyes and your money in the procedure, you need to take a lot of time before declaring if you would do it again.

    BTW I am a 55 year old male...and another reason I backed out is because I can see things very clearly within 6 to 8 inches away and I learned that would be ruined by the surgery and I'd have to get reading glasses, unless I did the monovision procedure.

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    Old 10-19-2007, 09:03 AM   #4
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    Yes- that was the case for me...I lost some of my intermediate vision after the surgery. The bottom line is, I do not see as well now as I did with glasses. It is nice to wake up and be able to see the clock across the room or lie on the couch and watch TV without glasses pressing into my face, etc... but the downside is I carry a bottle of drops in my pocket all the time and a case with readers.

     
    Old 10-19-2007, 09:50 AM   #5
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    Rainman, I am almost 25 years old and had Lasik almost a year ago. I am VERY pleased with the results and with how good my vision is and how comfortable my eyes feel. I would do it again in a heartbeat. However, given your age, I think it would be wise for you to ponder the surgery for a while before deciding if you should go through with it or not. Don't rush into it. Your vision is precious and given your age it may not be the best idea for you. Best of luck!

     
    Old 10-19-2007, 11:26 AM   #6
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    Rainman,

    I am 29 years old and had the Lasik procedure 1.5 years ago. I was actually mad I had waited so long. I only decided to do it after sustaining a rather bad eye injry after a bike race - supposedly sand got under the contact and caused the worse pain ever/scratch. After spending over $1,000 on eye care, I decided it was high time I got rid of those contacts.

    I even had an enlarged optic nerve which increased my chance to 30% for blindness in the left eye. Went to a specialist at the med ctr who said she would also recommend it in my case. I waited a year and decided it was time after the pressures were down in that left eye and went with a neuro/optho to performe the lasik b/c of my increased risk.

    I'm very happy and love my results. I occasionaly have dry eye, but did prior to the procedure, so I'm not sure if this is a result.

    I will say, my mom, who is 57, had the new Restor lenses 2 months after my procedure with the same doctor and she is about to now have lasik to correct the reading problem - all included under the insurance. She crys when she talks about her new eyesight - she was wearing hard contacts her whole life.

    It really is life changing! Good luck with your decision. I'm sure you will make the right one!

    FYI: Never go on cost when choosing a surgeon! Get referrals from friends or even surgery centers/hosp nurses -I am one btw and there is NOTHING wrong with a second opinion! Usually the consult is free!

     
    Old 10-19-2007, 11:52 AM   #7
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    Doll Baby and Dee,

    Thanks for the input...it seems like the surgery has been very succesful for you. It's good to know how well it can work for some. Dee, in your situation, with the eye injury, your decision made a lot of sense. In my situation, my eyes are medically okay, so I am reluctant to add possible eye complications to a few other medical problems that I have, that already have me going to doctors appointments several times a year. This was another factor in my decision not to do it at this time.

     
    Old 10-20-2007, 06:11 AM   #8
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    I'm 40 and had standard ( I still don't understand the difference between standard and custom) intralase. The Dr. told me that I will probably still need reading glasses as the natural aging process still happens.

    I only had correction for nearsighted vision. I opted out of the monovision correction.
    I knew going in I'd need reading glasses at some time. The surgery didn't affect my reading sight one bit and I'm thrilled with the results.

    My eyes are notably drier, but not bothersome to me. I may take 3 seconds to put drops in my eyes every other day or so. No big deal to me.

    I'm very happy. When I need help reading I'll use glasses, but nothing compares to the freedom of living every day without needing glasses every second of the day. I enjoy riding my horses more, exercizing and doing physical activities freely.
    did I mention I was happy?

     
    Old 10-20-2007, 05:18 PM   #9
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    Rainman,

    I'm 31 and just had the surgery. I'm thrilled with my results. However, I will undoubtedly need reading glasses in 10 years or so, but would have naturally I think. One of my colleagues is about 50 and had the monovision surgery and LOVES his results. Also, I was very scared by some of those other websites before my surgery. So, I started asking everyone I knew if either they or someone they knew had done Lasik. I ended up finding ~30 people, all but one who were THRILLED. The one who was not had dry eye. That made me think that those who come to the websites come for 1 of 3 reasons:

    1. Before surgery to get information (large group)
    2. After surgery out of frustration/disappointment (medium group)
    3. After surgery to encourage group #1 with good outcome stories (small group)

    Most with great outcomes move on to other things, as with most health boards. Whatever you decide, good luck!

     
    Old 10-22-2007, 01:15 PM   #10
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    Rainman,

    You are exactly where I was 2 years ago - when I visited the first surgeon. Like I said, I had the enlarged optic nerve (genetic) so I decided to wait and contacts would be easier. Waited a year. But, after the eye injury, I felt that was God shoving me in the right direction (or so I used that excuse).

    I was terrified of lasting effects. With ANY elective procedure, there are always risks - no guarantees. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. The right surgeon is the best answer. One who deals with more issues instead of the generic assembly line lasik...anyone can do that b/c it's the machine not doctor's technique. That was the first thing I asked the surgeon I chose and never looked back.

    I'm confident you will make the right decision for YOU. Good Luck!

     
    Old 10-22-2007, 08:37 PM   #11
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    Thanks to everyone who responded. I am glad to know that there are a lot of happy Lasik patients out there with good results. After reading some of these websites, it had me wondering if anyone was satisfied with the procedure. For myself, though, at this point I am not willing to take the risk of adding eye trouble to my existing list of nagging problems including sleep apnea, acid reflux and COPD. I was fine till I hit 40...lol.

    Best wishes to all.

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    Old 10-23-2007, 06:26 AM   #12
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    rain- we must be twins..... I have apnea, reflux, and small airway disease!!!! We need to cross check DNA! LOL. Best wishes.

     
    Old 10-24-2007, 12:21 AM   #13
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    lasik was the best thing i've done for myself in years! i highly recommend it and would DEFINITELY do it again!

    i think you'll find that those who come here and complain, haven't given themselves enough time to fully heal from their surgery. i was in that group for about three months after my surgery and then suddenly my vision improved and now i see 20/12.5 in both eyes!

    as far as reading glasses go, if you're going to need them, you're going to need them. i'm not sure how much lasik really determines that. for me, it was well worth the risks! and now it is late, i'm tired and going crosseyed....

     
    Old 10-24-2007, 12:36 AM   #14
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    Hey Nugene,

    Being over 50 sucks, huh?....constatnt heartburn that would bring a 300 pound weightlifter to tears....snoring so loud I've been kicked out of the bedroom and have been sent off to sleep with a "spacemask" that blows air down my throat, and physical activity, of most any kind, that has me gasping for air as if i ran five miles...and to think that I have enough nerve to want eyes without glasses or contacts. Finally I told my self: "Nice try stupid. you ain't 25 any more...take care of these other problems as best as you can first. Shut up and wear you glasses or contacts." And I finally saw the light.

    Best of luck to the many of you can, will and are doing the procedure. May you see the likes of the most beautiful sunset I have witnessed tonight, here in the western suburbs of Chicago. Easily the most beautiful in all my 55years. Fantastinc oranges and purples waves that lookd like a Renior painting against a rich deep Perfict indigo blue sky with flying geese silohetting against the perfect background...May we all have healthy eyes, truly one of Gods greatest gifts, so we can enjoy Gods other great gifts.

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    Old 10-24-2007, 05:57 AM   #15
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    Re: chickened out of Lasik

    rainman - thanks for sharing that sunset with us!

    mcr - isn't a little insensitive to say "those who come here and complain"? Those of us who are having difficulties usually just try to give an accurate assessment of our situation and often try to submit some positive things too.We also try to seek experience and advice of others. Do we need to be put down connotatively? Of course we have to "give it time" - what else can we do? We know that. Best wishes to you

     
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