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Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?(26 posts)

Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?StevieP
Jan 5, 2003 11:57 PM
I am considering having laser treatment to correct my short sightedness.

I would be grateful to hear from anyone who has had this done, including the type of surgery you had and whether it was good or bad for you.


re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?wookieontherun
Jan 6, 2003 12:09 AM
I had laser surgery done to correct my farsightedness. It was painless and easy, but the only thing I notice now is my real lack of night vision. It seems to be a common side effect though. But ill tell you what- riding and crashing a regular pair of sunglasses is a hell of a lot cheaper than a pair of RX glasses! Waking up and going to class is way easier too, no glasses and all.
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?Juanmoretime
Jan 6, 2003 1:45 AM
Hi Steve, I had a Lasik's procedure in both eyes two years ago next month. I cuurently have 20-15 in both eyes. My night vision improved and I've had no side effects. Like the previous poster mention, I do have a friend that complains of poor night vision but she couldn't see well at night before. I think part of the probability of side effects depends on the degree of correction, this is a personal theory only. My old prescription was a -2.25 in one eye and -2.50 in the other, very mild correction although enough that I couldn't previously read a license plate at ten feet. After almost two years I'm very pleased with having made the decision. It's great to get up in the morning and not have to reach for your glasses or grab the alarm clock to bring it close enough to your face to read it. Plus no dry eye from contacts, if you should be a contact lens wearer.
Same prescription as me then! (nm)StevieP
Jan 6, 2003 1:58 AM
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?carbs
Jan 6, 2003 2:02 AM
I'm wearing bi-focals. Anyone had any experience with laser corrective surgery and this?
bi-focal Lasiksbsdc
Jan 6, 2003 4:32 AM
My dad is looking into this in Canada. They have looser laws regarding new medical procedures so they tend to have the newer technology availible.
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?bsdc
Jan 6, 2003 4:35 AM
I had it done about two years ago. It was quick, but I wouldn't say it was painless. It's quite uncomfortable having someone work on your eyeball. It made going to the dentist seem easy. That said, it was way worth it for me. In the end, I've had no problems other than decreased vision in low light conditions.
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 6, 2003 4:58 AM
I had RK surgery about 7 years ago when laser surgery was still being tested.My surgery was small radial cuts with a scalpel to reshape the eye.Since then I haven't had to wear glasses or contacts.My eyes are not perfect and I do have a small problem with glare at night but it's nothing major.I would reccomend it .
Jan 6, 2003 6:48 AM
I had LASIK three years ago, best money I've ever spent. I now have 20/20 in both eyes. The depth perception is terrific. I can wear any kind of sunglasses that I want to. Because of my age I need to use reading glasses for anything closer than about 3 feet, but need no bifocals. I buy cheap drug store reading glasses for about $10 and stash several pair around the house and in the vehicles.
LASIK can permanently fix myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and most astigmatism (irregularities). Presbyopia is hardening of the eye that effects all of us to some degree as we age. Which is why we still need reading glasses. Some people have one eye fixed and leave the other slightly nearsighted for reading purposes. But having tried that with contacts I knew it wasn't for me. I wanted the good depth perception that comes with 20/20 in both eyes.
Several of my friends have had LASIK with good to great results.
I highly recommend LASIK surgery.
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?cycle63
Jan 6, 2003 6:54 AM
I had Lasik surgery in both eyes about 2 & 1/2 years ago. It was the best thing I have done. My vision was -9.0 in both eyes (basically blind). Now I have 20/15 vision. I do notice a little night vision trouble every once in awhile. If you do have it done, make sure the doctor has performed alot of the procedures and maybe talk to some of the patients he worked on if possible. After surgery follow up is also very important.
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?eyebob
Jan 6, 2003 7:08 AM
If you're in that low myopia range (as you suggested) then it should work exceedingly well for you assuming that you don't have any underlying ocular pathology. The need for reading glasses is real if you're over 45 but I wouldn't suggest bifocal LASIK because of it's inherent limitations. Talk to an experienced eye doc and let him/her know what your expectations are. that's the critical part. I demonstrate visual dificiencies to post-op LASIK patients all the time but most are still thrilled with their outcomes because their expectations have been met. If you want more info, let me know.

I was considering it but...ColnagoFE
Jan 6, 2003 7:24 AM
i guess to correct for being able to see far away you lose some ability to see close up and have to wear reading glasses. Then there is the possibility they could screw your eyes up. To many negatives to give up my contacts yet.
What you give up..Chen2
Jan 6, 2003 11:00 AM
I wore contacts before I had LASIK. After I turned 45 I needed to wear reading glasses plus contacts or bifocals without contacts. After LASIK all I needed was the reading glasses and they worked much better than trying to combine them with contacts. But everyone's different.
So far I'm ok without reading glassesColnagoFE
Jan 6, 2003 1:26 PM
But if it gets to that point I'd be willing to try corrective surgery. Plus it seems like they come up with something better every few years.
had RK about 12 years agoDougSloan
Jan 6, 2003 7:36 AM
It was a miracle. I went from about 20/400 to 20/20 and 20/40. Mine was the old fashioned knife type. My sight has been great since.

re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?CFBlue
Jan 6, 2003 7:42 AM
I am in many different ways, a very unique case. First off, cornea transplant surgery in the mid 70's, both eyes. In recent year vision has fasded badly and the good doctor felt that LASIK would help, in this case, the worst astigmatism he had ever seen after a transplant.

First eye had no real problems, except tearing, it took almost a month before normal tearing resumed.

Second eye, scheduled about 4 months later was no fun at all. I am not sure the medical term, but two days after the surgery my eye became a bright red, very painful sphere in my head, I could tell precisley where every surface was. First thought was it was herpes, which can be reactivated by the laser, it is not related to the previous transplant, can happen to anybody, but it is very rare. When the test came back negative for herpes it was, after the fact, decided that the very painfull, almost worse than the original problem, treatment was unnecessary. What the problem actually was, was a rejection of the top layer of skin on the eye. "It just sloughed off" said the Doctor. I got a more detailed description, but I didn't understand it. I was left with the impression that it was not related to the previous surgeries, and again happens to a very small part of the population. It took two months and a bit more before I regained my vision.

Bottom line is I am very much improved over what I was. I still carry eye drops with me months later, but don't need them very often, especially when riding. Even with all the problems, it was a better alternative than the blindness that was approaching.

NIGHT VISION SUFFERERS. A supplement called 'bilberry' aka bluberries, huckleberries is good in aiding night vision. The British Airforce gave it to their WW2 pilots. I noticed a distinct improvment when I started taking it, just 1/2 the dose reccommended
-2.25 & -2.50. Lasek or Lasik? (nm)StevieP
Jan 6, 2003 8:41 AM
Jan 6, 2003 10:55 AM
If those numbers are your correction you are probably a great candidate for LASIK, only your doctor can tell you. My correction was -1.75 to -2.0 before LASIK.
Do LASIK and not LASEK at this time...eyebob
Jan 6, 2003 10:56 AM
it's more predictable, and healing times are a bit better. LASEK was developed mostly for thinner corneas

Oops, never heard of LASEK (nm)Chen2
Jan 6, 2003 11:01 AM
The only way to go!theeatkins
Jan 6, 2003 10:04 AM
I had laser surgery 5 years ago and have not regretted it for one minute. I have 20/20 vision in both eyes. I have just recently started using reading glasses if I am reading a book. Other than that, I have no qualms at all. I had the surgery done at Virginia Mason in Seattle by Dr Geggel. He was one of the pioneers of the surgery. I highly recommend it. Good luck.
Go with "monovision"WhoisJohnGalt
Jan 6, 2003 10:13 AM
I'm 46 and had LASIK done 6 months ago. I went with the monovision correction. In other words, I had one eye corrected to 20/20 and the other eye corrected to about 20/40. I was beginning to need reading glasses and had I corrected both eyes to 20/20 I would still need glasses up close. My overall vision isn't "perfect" but the not needing glasses has been wonderful. Besides buying cheap sunglasses (and expensive ones!) I can now now do many things better than before because of not having that plastic and steel on my face. Just wrestling with my three boys has made it worthwhile....Go for it!
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?mackgoo
Jan 6, 2003 10:42 AM
I did it. I'm very happy. 1000$ for both eyes in Canada.
re: Anyone had corrective eye surgery ?slanham
Jan 6, 2003 1:34 PM
I had LASIK done last November 1st. I also had the monovision. I had worn contacts for 32 years, with the last 4-5 in monovision (I just turned 50). As of now, I haven't used my reading glasses in about a week and my distance vision seems to be getting better. At the last checkup, 3 weeks ago, I was almost 20/20 (could read 3 of the 6 charactors). It is WONDERFUL. I was about 20/400 and very bad astigmatism. Go for it!
Monovision vs. Depth PerceptionChen2
Jan 6, 2003 3:19 PM
Some of my friends also opted for LASIK monovision, leaving one eye slightly myopic for reading purposes. Not to knock it, but when I tried monovision with contacts it drove me crazy. Now with both eyes at 20/20 the world has become 3-D for me. I love to look out the window and count the leaves on the trees and feel the depth from the near trees to the distant trees. Now I can forget about work, I just look out the window all day.
Nice thing about LASIK is you can go back and get the second eye done at a later date. And you can have LASIK if you've had RK done before.
Monovision vs. Depth PerceptionWhoisJohnGalt
Jan 6, 2003 5:38 PM
After I had the monovision procedure I was worried about the "mixed focus" I was experiencing. My near vision wasn't very good and my far vision had a blurry edge to it. At my 2 week check-up I was determined to have a set of prescription glasses made so I could do close work. Even adjusting my brake pads was kind of difficult.

Anyway, my MD (an old college friend BTW)talked me out of the glasses by encouraging me to "let the brain sort out the signals". Now, 6 months later I'm fine and plan on staying with the monovision alone. I can do close work on the bike and other jobs as well.

I tell people that the acuity of my corrected vision with glasses was better than my LASIK vision. But the trade off has been worth it. I have a friend with LASIK corrected vision. His eyes are 20/15. Real eagle eyes. But he has his reading glasses with him always. I just wanted to be glasses free, and not trade one pair for another.

I have a plastic bag with about 6-8 pairs of glasses dating back about 20 years. Even have a pair of Army "BC" birth control glasses, black plastic with the wire earpieces,eftover from a stint with Uncle Sam. I scare the wife with those. This bag will be donated to some third world country...Maybe some day I'll see them on some Peruvian villager.

Take the credit card and go have it done...put off buying that next $$$ bike!