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Anyone had LASIX Plus done?(23 posts)

Anyone had LASIX Plus done?mohair_chair
Jun 2, 2003 10:18 AM
I just got back from an exam at the local LASIX Plus, and I signed up to have the procedure done next tuesday.

Anyone here had it done? How did it affect your riding immediately afterwards? I told them I was an avid cyclist, and they said I could ride the next day.
Lasic? Lasix?Chen2
Jun 2, 2003 10:39 AM
I've had LASIC surgery on both eyes and it's the best money I ever spent. I don't know what Lasix is. If it is LASIC you can expect temporary problems (3 or 4 days) with swelling. My eyes took about a month to make it all the way to 20/20. Depth perception is now incredible. And no more contacts!
Lasix (furosemide) is a drug used to make you pee. nmEug
Jun 2, 2003 11:25 AM
who needs that? beer works fine for most people-- nmColnagoFE
Jun 2, 2003 1:07 PM
Pee like a race horse!js5280
Jun 2, 2003 2:52 PM
Anyone know if it's the same drug they use on horses?

To answer ColonagoFE, they put me on it during chemo because you want to get that crap out ASAP. They make you pee into a graduated container just to make sure you're hitting quota! And boy, does it work. . .
Mohair, e-mail me and we can talkeyebob
Jun 2, 2003 11:16 AM
Find out which laser they use, what your Rx is, how old you are, which keratome they use and I'd be happy to give you all the straight poop.

What's your perscription?kjr39
Jun 2, 2003 12:53 PM
I want to get Lasik done, but don't know if I will be able to see 20/20 with a -6.5 and -7.0...
LASIC is Da Bombaarontoy
Jun 2, 2003 1:03 PM
I had it done 4 years ago and concur it was probably the best money I EVER spent on myself. I went from a -9.25 in each eye (20/2000 aka: legally blind) to 20/25. The procedure, while daunting was a snap and over in 5 minutes. The most memorable moment was that pre-surgery, they made me wait in the room, w/o glasses or contacts, just with my bad eyes, not able to see anything, then 10 minutes after the procedure, I peeked through the blinds down to the street 6 stories below and was able to read license plates on the street. Pre-surgery, I couldn't see the street! A medical miracle as far as I'm concerned. No more slipping glasses, no more raindrops on lenses, no more contacts drying out or getting lost up under the eyelid. People take for granted good vision.
After that story, I'm selling my bike and getting it done!!853
Jun 2, 2003 1:19 PM
After that story, I'm selling my bike and getting it done!!853
Jun 2, 2003 1:23 PM
but what happened to your near vision?ColnagoFE
Jun 2, 2003 1:55 PM
I've heard LASIK is great for people who have really bad perscriptions, but not so great for those with lesser vision problems. And that unlike glasses or contacts you sacrifice near vision for your far vision.
Sounds like you're mixing storiesMel Erickson
Jun 2, 2003 2:19 PM
Lasik certainly has it's limitations but not for people with moderate vision problems. Basically, if your eyes are corrected to, say, 20/20 by Lasik then you have normal vision, near or far. It's when you're my age (50) that the near vision starts to be a problem and Lasik surgery can't truly correct for the over 40 disease (presbyopia). You can have one eye corrected for normal vision and one for near vision (it actually makes the near vision eye myopic) but it doesn't work for everyone. It's like having one contact lens for normal vision and one for near vision. Doesn't work for me.
Agree! LASIKChen2
Jun 2, 2003 3:16 PM
LASIK does not damage your near vision, but if you are slightly near-sighted (myopic) as we grow older and our eyes harden (presbyopia), close-up focusing becomes a problem for everyone, and people who are slightly myopic can sometimes read fine because they have "built-in" reading glasses. I was one of these. After LASIK we are in the same boat with people who were born with perfect 20/20. Before LASIK I was at 20/200, -2 diopter, that's not too bad. Now I'm 20/20 both eyes, and I new I didn't want to fix only one eye because I had tried that with contacts, it screws up your depth perception to fix only one eye.
Excuse me for confusing Lasix and LASIK and for misspelling it. I'm a big proponEnt for LASIK.
Lasik's 2.5 years ago. I still see 20-15 in both eyes......Juanmoretime
Jun 2, 2003 1:20 PM
It was the best thing I could done. The day after the procedure I had a little trouble reading the speedometer in my car, since day 2, everything has been great. Go for it and don't look back.
Do your eyes have to be "stable"?rockbender
Jun 2, 2003 2:59 PM
In other words, if your eyes seem to be getting progressively weaker, and you get the procedure done, will they still tend to migrate? Is it best to wait until your prescription doesn't change much?

thanks for the other good info, everyone!
Do your eyes have to be "stable"?Chen2
Jun 2, 2003 3:18 PM
No, I don't think it matters, as long as you are a full grown adult.
Do your eyes have to be "stable"?Nug
Jun 2, 2003 4:33 PM
YES! It absolutely matters, and if the center tells you otherwise, run! This procedure is not for anyone who is not willing to accept the possibility of less than 20/20 vision, and if you aren't sure, your doctor needs to demonstrate what 20/40 looks like to you (ie, blur you to that VA if you typically correct to 20/20). I'm an OD who's worked at a laser center for 2 years.
I just made an appointmentishmael
Jun 2, 2003 7:30 PM
I have an appointment for the 26th of this month to get it done at a place called Atwal Eye Care in Buffalo NY. Here is there website It's 900 an eye, the best deal around. They have post-op care for 6 months, is that enough? Why does the price vary so much based on location? In LA it's about 1500 for both, and in Philadelphia its about 4000. If you have any advice please tell. I'm a 4.00 in contacts. What results can I expect? What percent get 20/20 and how functional is 20/40?
No consultation?Tower
Jun 3, 2003 4:05 AM
You've scheduled your lasik surgery without any kind of consultation with the Dr.?

He/she would be able to answer your questions, ie results, functionality of 20/40.

I wouldn't pick a lasik center just because it's the cheapest around. These are your eyes after all!!

Here in Houston, I think it runs about $1200/eye.
there's a consultationishmael
Jun 3, 2003 5:40 AM
it's going to be the day of the exam. Since it's a couple hours drive I'm getting everything done the same day. I was just at the eye doc and he said I'd be a good candidate.
I think youre right when you say dont look for the surgery soley based on price, but it seems many of them with hugely varying prices preform the same service.
Give this a read before you get the surgerySpaceCowboy
Jun 3, 2003 6:10 AM
Just got my eyes corrected in January by a very reputable Doctor in Illinois. I went from being -7.00 in both eyes with astigmatism in both as well to 20-15 in both. The key to feeling good about going in for the operation is being well versed or educated in the whole procedure. Don't let the pricing be the determining factor. Again, as others have said, "It's your eyes".... I don't understand the idea of getting everything done in one trip. Don't they have to give you an exam where they dilate your pupils? If so, then how could they perform an operation the same day?....If you have a bunch of unanswered questions and would even like to view an actual operation, go the This Doctor (avid cyclist) performed my operation and was awesome. His website is very imformative and help in making the decision to visit him in the first place. Obvisiouly, if you don't live in Illinois you will have trouble making the scheduled after surgery visits, but the website should help you with questions you might have not thought of with your doctor. Hope this help.
sounds foolish to memohair_chair
Jun 3, 2003 6:36 AM
Exam and surgery the same day? Might as well save some time and forego the exam, since the results don't seem to matter all that much.

Price differences have a lot to do with what kind of equipment they have. The doctor I'm dealing with has three types of lasers, and each has a different cost. There are reasons for having this many lasers. For instance, if you have large pupils, you need a certain type of laser. That's one reason why they do a comprehensive exam, and they have to dilate your pupils for this to be accurate.
re: Anyone had LASIX Plus done?BikeViking
Jun 3, 2003 8:00 AM
My wife had Intra-Lasik (nothing actually touches the eye...everything is done by the laser(s).) The result have been great!! It was a little more expensive ($4000 for both eyes), but when correcting your eyes, cost is not a real priority.

The regimen of drops for the first two weeks was pretty intense, but once you gget past the steroid and antibiotic drops, the regimen is easier.