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Old 08-03-2007, 03:57 PM   #1
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LASIK - I can see!!!!!

Just wanted to let you all know that my surgery yesterday went well and I measured 20/20 this morning at the post-op check-up. I was 20/400 going in.

I was nervous but got through it, obviously. It didn't dawn on me how bad it would smell but the doc said that was the stench of cauterizing human tissue. (YUCK!)

DD is excited because now I won't need glasses when we get our next make-over at BBB.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:01 PM   #2
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Do you know what your corrective lenses were?? I don't know what 20/400 is, but I know my lenses are -7.5 and -8.5. I have been seriously considering checking into Lasik, but thought my eyes might be too bad. Did it hurt???
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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I just had my annual eye exam today and we were dissussing this. I think I'm finally ready to take the plunge...I'm still a little scared, but I'm going to do it. I like hearing these positive stories!
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:56 PM   #4
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Congratulations! I had LASIK almost six years ago, after watching DH have his done two years before that. We have both done great! Best investment in ourselves ever!
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Old 08-03-2007, 05:26 PM   #5
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:It didn't dawn on me how bad it would smell but the doc said that was the stench of cauterizing human tissue. (YUCK!)
Yuck indeed, but it is not actually cauterizing. The excimer laser used for Lasik is a "cold" laser. The cornea's temperature is elevated about 11 degrees F. That is not nearly enough to cause cauterization.

The way the excimer laser works is to release the binding between corneal cells. Release of this binding causes the cells to expel rapidly. It literally looks like an A-bomb plume. It is these cells that you inhale and smell (double-yuck). Cells are also relased when tissue is burned and can be smelled, but they are released by heat, not cold laser disruption.

For all the details and even a photograph (yuck cubed), Google "Lasik smell". Our article should be number one on the list.

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Old 08-03-2007, 05:36 PM   #6
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My husband and I both had Lasik done in December of 1999 - it was the best money I ever spent. My DH asked the doctor just how bad my vision was - his response....."that wall isn't big enough for us to get a letter E up there that she can see well enough to read". My vision was AWFUL!!

Oh....and don't forget some vision plans will offer a discount for lasik AND you can use your flexible spending account for it as well.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:35 PM   #7
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I've often thought about Lasik, but I'm just so scared to do anything to my eyes. I just value my sight so much, I'm scared. Interested to hear from others how their night vision was impacted. I believe I've read stories that some people end up with "halos" is that true? Nighttime I ALWAYS need glasses for driving.

By the way, congrats on your successful surgery!!!! I'm jealous!

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Old 08-03-2007, 07:44 PM   #8
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Congrats! I had it done two years ago and have no regrets. I will be taking DD (age 19) in for an exam in December to see if she qualifies. She can't wait!
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:41 PM   #9
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Had Lasik done about 5 or 6 years ago--wow, doesn't seem that long, but DS was not in school at the time, and he will be 11 this August! It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. My vision was not that bad, but my astigmatism was -5.5 in one eye and -5.0 in the other. I had to go to a specialist of the Lasik doctors (Dr. Woolfson in Atlanta). He is definietly the best. I actually had to have the touch up done because they could not get all the astigmatism the first time. To be able to see without contacts/glasses is unbelievable. I understand why people cry when they can see for the first time. I still have a hard time talking about it and not tearing up.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:18 PM   #10
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I believe I've read stories that some people end up with "halos" is that true?
It is true that a relatively small percentage of Lasik patients have night vision problems. To some degree it can be avoided. Google: "Lasik pupil size" for our article about the issue.

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Old 08-04-2007, 09:41 AM   #11
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Glad everything went well. I love the results from my Lasik surgery
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:32 AM   #12
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Glad it went well!! I'm going on 2 yrs since mine!! Best money I ever spent too!

For those afraid of doing things to their eyes, I, too, had this problem! It took me 3 visits to the eye doc when I first started wearing contacts cause I couldn't touch my eyes to put them in Or take them out! LOL

Then my mother had it done (and she didn't qualify for the "easy" surgery - she had to do one eye, then wait 2 weeks for them to do the other eye. Her recovery was quite painful, too!) But when she said she would do it all over again, I made the decision to do it no matter what. And it's over SO quick, you barely have time to react to what they're doing to you as you lay there.

I don't remember a smell....guess I was so focused on staying calm & not moving my eyes, I didn't smell anything...I don't remember much either. LOL

I recommend it to EVERYONE who qualifies! It's the most amazing thing to wake up in the morning, open your eyes & SEE THE CLOCK w/out reaching for the glasses!!!
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Old 08-04-2007, 08:34 PM   #13
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Hi
I'm happy it went well for you. I read your post before you had it done and was wondering if you were happy you had it done.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:21 PM   #14
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Can anyone tell me how much lasik costs? I do have astigmatism in both eyes and would love to have the procedure done. TIA
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:23 PM   #15
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