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LASIK surgery (has EVERYONE had a good experience)?(13 posts)

LASIK surgery (has EVERYONE had a good experience)?ishmael
Jun 6, 2003 6:29 PM
I was directed by eyebob to check out, and form there I've gotten to It has discouraged me from getting the surgery. I want to get it though but I cant after having read what's on those sites. Anyone who has had it please tell.
Having it done Friday, I'll let you know. nmJerryZ
Jun 7, 2003 12:50 AM
Disaster in Portland, MEJerryZ
Jun 16, 2003 7:00 AM
I'm glad all you guys had good luck. The first eye went fairly well, even though he seemed to have some trouble with the flap. Then when he started the flap on the left eye, he somehow had it set up wrong. I felt a very sharp pain and then the machine quit. He wasn't able to do the flap, and now I can't get the second eye done for at least 4 weeks. This is absolute misery. Wherever you go, do not use William Holt in Portland. He is terrible! My eyes are so very different now that I can hardly see anything. Glasses don't work even knocking out the one lens. Reading glasses don't work either being the eyes don't focus at the same distance anymore. Anyone who might have some helpful hints, I'd appreciate very much.
are you there? Write meishmael
Jun 22, 2003 5:12 PM
re: LASIK surgery (has EVERYONE had a good experience)?Juanmoretime
Jun 7, 2003 1:28 AM
I had it done in February of 2001 at the age of 43. Now at 46 I still have 20-15 in both eyes. I don't wear reading glasses and have zero problems with night vision. Before I had the procedure, as your doing,I went on the internet and read all the horror stories out there and decided to go ahead anyway with the procedure. I was tired of dry eye with contact lens and having to reach for my glasses, if I didn't have my contacts in, anytime I wanted to see something more than 18 inches from my face. I have no regrets having had it done and in the past 2.4 years it's improved my quality of life. If you have been screened and are a strong candidate for the procedure, go for it.
re: LASIK surgery (has EVERYONE had a good experience)?battaglin
Jun 7, 2003 3:18 AM
Had mine done May last year, and it's been great. from -450 I'm now 20/20-20/15. If you passed the screenings, I suggest you go for it. From some articles I've read, it's recommended that you go to a doctor who's done hundreds of procedures. ask what is the success rate or if they are to redo you(for free)if you're not satisfied with the grade you get afterwards. for us cyclist LASIK really is heaven sent. An officemate of mine had his done way back in 1996, up to now he's had no problems, and to think his procedure was the first generation. from -800 to 20/20! he had been convincing me since '96. My regret was I did not do it sooner.
Next-generation laser eye surgeryMy Dog Wally
Jun 7, 2003 4:38 AM
I just read about this on CNN's web site, and it sounds very interesting:
1 year ago. Glad I did it. I can see! nmMike P
Jun 7, 2003 6:49 AM
over 70 people where I work had it....(longish)VaughnA
Jun 7, 2003 7:52 AM
I had lasik 4 years ago through my employer, our insurance paid for it except the exam! Because of this about 70 people where I work had it done within about a 6 month period. I was the very first one and had a slight problem. When doing the slice the outer layer of cells dropped off. This is a common problem with light haired subjects. The doctor went ahead with that eye and did PRK (a similar procedure without the slice) on the other eye. 4 years later I have had zero problems and would do it again. My vision is 20/12!!

Of the others where I work a couple of people had the same problem and results that I did. Most had 100 percent success and better than 20/20 eyesight. A few had to go back to have correction and 1 had a tear in the slice but she came out fine and loves it as well.

We had our work done at Duke and they were known for being the best. When I had it done there weren't many people doing the procedure. The main thing is check out the doctor as much as possible. From what our doctor at Duke said, make sure that the doctor has done the procedure for a while and check with other patients. Remember that you may still need reading glasses as you get older just as any person with perfect vision. Would I do it again? YES, in a heartbeat, and I believe most people I work with would as well. Do your research and decide for yourself. Just make sure the doctor knows what he is doing. If you have to pay a little more for a doctor with a better reputation, do it. It's worth it.

thanks. feeling better about doing it. still looking though nmishmael
Jun 7, 2003 9:05 AM
Any recommended places within a couple hours of philly nmishmael
Jun 7, 2003 9:05 AM
Might start checking at...Lone Gunman
Jun 7, 2003 4:17 PM
The Philadelphia College of Optometry? maybe? My brother in law, graduated from there and is a practicing Optometrist, he is a bit conservative on his views on the surgery as far as he and I are concerned. Maybe he is just trying to protect his practice and livelyhood, which is not a bad thing.
My uncle did.Alexx
Jun 8, 2003 5:39 PM
He's very happy with the results. Here's a picture of him, BTW: