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Old May 1, 2006, 11:56 AM   #26
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It was like A Clockwork Orange for me - the idea of dislodging my eye flaps made me so nauseated that I was willing to do just about anything to avoid it.
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Old May 1, 2006, 12:05 PM   #27
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I was working as a potential supplier for the makers of the Lasik equipment years ago. Every Bausch and Lomb engineer I dealt with wore glasses... When asked why they all had some BS reason why they hadn't had the surgery.

They then joked about the doctor who had been making the demo movie for the procedure. On camera he mis set the depth of the cut for the flap by an order of 10. Something like 100 microns in place of 10 microns. He lopped the lens off the patient's eye on camera. That is not something typically shown at demos...

I know two people who have had it. Both have gone back regularly, one for years. The recent one has had one problem after another but still swears by the surgery... perhaps it is a case of the "Emperor's New Clothes" or not wanting to admit he dumped a load of cash...

When they prove to me they can grow me a replacement eye and implant it I might let them muck around with my vision. Until then I will stick with my glasses.
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Old May 1, 2006, 01:51 PM   #28
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I plan on getting it done as soon as I get back to the states from Iraq this coming fall. I have one possible advantage, the military will fix my eyes for free. That's quite the incentive.

Like many of you, I've had glasses for most of my life. Probably about 25 years or so. I need them to do everything. Literally.

I will be glad to be rid of glasses. I hate them.

I believe the risks are worth the benefits.
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Old May 1, 2006, 02:42 PM   #29
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Well, I'm 72 hours post-op, and still doing great.

I sleep with the dorky patches on, but if it keeps me from rubbing my eyes, it's worth it. I use the drops (about 15 a day) religiously. I still have halo effects when looking at headlights, but that's to be expected at this stage, and may never fully go away. Like someone else said, it's just like wearing contacts that haven't been cleaned for a day or two.

I'm wearing sunglasses at work today to keep myself from absent mindedly rubbing my eyes. People think I look "Hollywood" by wearing them while indoors. No autographs, please.
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Old May 1, 2006, 03:36 PM   #30
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Those who dont like the idea of Lasik should read this:
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=190876
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Old May 2, 2006, 03:15 AM   #31
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For me the greatest advantage of Lasik was being with my wife and SEEING what was going on, I had work contacts before we dated, but two months before I got married I got splashed with some stuff that made it impossoble to wear contacts for a long time, and once I was out of practice, my eyes would reject contacts violently.

I went to the eye doc that did the eyes of several local pro baseball players, he was more expensive but he was much slower paced than the first place I had gone, where I just got that nope, this aint the place for me feeling and I left. The second guy took much longer, made three different maps of my eyeballs, one laying down, one standing, and one sitting, saying that the differences in blood pressure actually affected your eye pressure and thus the shape of the eye.

Once he was done I could see, I mean I had ted williams eyes, I went to a gold tournament and I was able to see a guy tee off, one hole before the one I was on. I would tell my buddies that John Daly just hit it to the right of the bunker and they would say no way, and he would end up walking to wear I had called it. I was picking up a golf ball at a thousand yards!!!!, this sort of hyper vision slowly faded, and now I am at 20-15 left and 20-20 right.

Now when the Mrs says yes, I can enjoy it all the more.
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Old May 2, 2006, 08:48 AM   #32
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Have any of you with lasik had astigmatism? Did that effect your surgery/qualifications?



DANZIG, how are you getting Uncle Sugar to pay for eye surgery? I'm deployed right now, and if you wouldn't mind sharing your secret..
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Old May 2, 2006, 10:33 AM   #33
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Now when the Mrs says yes, I can enjoy it all the more.
Yeah, but some women are so ugly, you don't wanna see them! .......That wasn't very nice was it?

I've been so scared of this procedure it makes my skin crawl but after reading all of these replies I'm now seriously looking into it, if I can afford it.
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Old May 2, 2006, 10:44 AM   #34
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Now when the Mrs says yes, I can enjoy it all the more.
My main problem is that she prefers the lights off. :/

That ICL procedure looks pretty interesting, you should check into that too, it's good for -3 to -15. I like the fact that it doesn't make any physical alteration to the visual field of the eye, and that it can be tweaked and adjusted if necessary.

I think my wife and I will look into this for her, it looks like it would be a much better option than LASIK given her health issues.

WestPhoenix - do you have a name of a doctor you could pass along?
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Old May 2, 2006, 02:50 PM   #35
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No that was a thread from another forum I frequent. Shifty is well known there and that was his experience. I got glasses/contacts for the first time a year ago and have been looking at options. I don't like the Lasik idea, but this new one sounds pretty good.
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Old May 2, 2006, 02:53 PM   #36
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"Have any of you with lasik had astigmatism? Did that effect your surgery/qualifications?"

Yup, I had bad astigmatism. They plug that into the computer to correct it too. Not a problem.
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Old May 3, 2006, 10:01 AM   #37
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With some web searching I found the closest ICL doctor to us, down in Connecticut (we're in NH), and sent an e-mail.
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