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    Default Alternatives to LASIK?

    Does anybody know of any alternatives to Laser eye surgery? I have horrible nearsightedness (-5.00) and have been wearing contacts for the past 6 years, then glasses for 4 years before that. I was recently cleared by a reputable optometrist that I'm a good candidate for Lasik, however this is something that I want to definitely be a last resort for me. I'm not confident in the procedure as it is still relatively new and I have some physical traits that worry me(mild dry eyes, large pupils). I do have to meet an uncorrected vision requirement for the FD...and were it not for that I would never even consider surgery. I appreciate any and all serious input.

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    Cool Been there

    I had contacts for more than 20 years. -9.00 and -8.5

    I had the epilasik done, no flapping, laser direct on the cornea. More painful and longer recoop but it worked great!. Your correction can be done with regular lasik, get a second opinion and find the most reputable surgeon who has done LOTS of them. Get it done.

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    Default I dunno

    I will preface all of this by saying I do not have bad eyesight, so I don't have to wear contacts or glasses. My understanding of what that's like is non-existant. And I am not an opthemologist. So, my perspective won't be the expert. But I have a few thoughts...

    I am not to sure I would let someone do that to my eyes. Do we have longitudinal studies of what these people's site is like 20-30 years later? IT hasn't been around long enough for me to feel in worthy of taking the chance that long term side effects could not leave me stranded later.

    How many people who have had it fail or had problems would you see on this site? Would they be able to read the print? Would they even have hope of a career in the fire service?

    Are you looking for positive or negative feedback here? I cannot advise you to do it or not to do it. Based on what I read in the articles below, I would not do it personally.

    Here's something from CBS:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n2079492.shtml


    Here's another blerb from CBS that you should look at:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/...in327664.shtml

    Heres some stuff on laser literature watch:
    http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs...49541041438588

    Here's some stuff on side effects:
    http://www.ladarvision.com/decision/lasik-risks.asp

    These guys wouldn't be around if there weren't risks associated:

    http://www.consultwebs.com/lasik_eye_surgery_risks.html

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    Default Lasik...

    I had LASIK/LASEK performed after 10 years of contacts in the fire service. bes thing Ihave ever done. Your apprehension is natural but the effects are worth it. I wish I would have done this a while back. I also have dry eyes and had them insert a tear duct plug to assist in moinsturizing the eye. I have had little trouble , though the recovery time for my particular procedure was 7-10 days. Good Luck.

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    I had the LASIK procedure done about 5 years ago. My eyes were -6.5 with astigmatism. I wore contacts for 20 years and started wearing glasses in the 1st grade. I had no real issues with contacts other than the inconvenience. After having the surgery, I've had no problems and my only regret is not having it done sooner.

    Best advice is as ogomez said, get a second opinion and find a doctor who has done a lot of procedure successfully. This is one thing that you don't wand to go bargain hunting for.

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    Exclamation LASIK Risks

    Before you consider LASIK on your precious eyes, please see my website;

    http://www.the-feed-store.com/thebuzzrss.asp?feedid=541

    It talks about many of the LASIK issues the Dr's won't tell you up front such as DES (Dry Eye Syndrome), Double Vision, Halo's and Star Bursts, Touch Up procedures, just to name a few.

    I hope this helps,

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    I had mine done about 12 years ago and I was -6.25 and -1.75 with an astigmatism and now I'm 20/20 and very stable.

    I would strongly suggest using The Laser Center (TLC). He has offices in several areas of the country and give significant discounts to PSO's. They have been the FDA's testing ground for nearly everything. He has done dual corneal transplants and then corrective surgery to bring the pt. to nearly perfect condition.

    Like the above post there are some side effects, I like to refer to them as a sensation similar to dry contacts. For about a year I had a halo which progressively got better. I would compare it to driving in the rain and the mist gives the halos. While they were noticeable, they never affected my job and I even returned to work the following except for diving where I had to wait a month.

    Lastly, a nice feature he offers is a lifetime warranty with the procedure as long as you go to a approved optometrist (mine is at Wal-Mart).

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    Default For what it is worth

    I had LASIK done 4 years ago, found it the best thing I did. And I had huge reservations about it. But I thought, if Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter, Greg Maddox all had it done, I could get it done too. I have had no issues, and went from a glasses/contacts guy to 20-10. As a firefighter, it's awesome.

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    I got PRK done march 31 and could not be more happy. I went from having to use my contacts to drive, and at night mostly to a guy with slightly better than 20/10. I have larger pupils also, and the Dr. accommodated to that. Although what he did isn't approved by the FDA for some reason yet, it prevented me from having halos and crap like that. The sole reason I got it was for the fire dept. I was hesitant about it, but the truth really is that there aren't very many issues with NON lasik(flap) type laser eye surgeries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefeedstore View Post
    Before you consider LASIK on your precious eyes, please see my website;

    http://www.the-feed-store.com/thebuzzrss.asp?feedid=541

    It talks about many of the LASIK issues the Dr's won't tell you up front such as DES (Dry Eye Syndrome), Double Vision, Halo's and Star Bursts, Touch Up procedures, just to name a few.

    I hope this helps,

    Jeff
    I had astigmatism and had Lasik to correct it.

    I would pay double to "undo" the procedure.

    Basically, I paid to trade a correctable vision problem for an uncorrectable one.

    Don't Gamble with your eye sight. Avoid Lasik.
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    Default I have to agree

    I don't think I woudl let anyone mess with my eyes unless I HAD to. But I don't have vision problems. I hear both sides of the story from my patients. Some are ecstatic, and some have dry eye syndrome. More the former, but still...

    Dr. jen

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    Wore glasses for 23 years ... had the surgery and i no longer wear glasses .. gonna get a touch up as my eyes have healed a bit and im no longer as good as i want to be.

    There is a story about a guy who killed himself after being blinded by surgery.

    I had no real problems so for me it sure was worth it. I had an astigmatism also.

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    I got PRK done through the military about four years ago and it turned out great for me.

    I was advised against getting LASIK done and to opt for the PRK and you may hear the same advice considering you are trying to get a job in the fire service. The reason being that with the LASIK procedure, they actually cut a flap of your cornea up, flip it up, and hit it with the laser, then lay it back down so it can heal over. The problem lies with doing this because the flap never fully heals and stands a chance of tearing or avulsing from the eyeball surface when performing simple tasks putting on your SCBA or getting unintentionally hit in the eye with something or someone while working. Many will recommend PRK for this very reason because with PRK, they will "shave" the top layer of the cornea, hit it with the laser, and afterwards give you a bunch of meds to prevent infection and aid in the healing over of the cornea...no flap to worry about.

    I hear many horror stories about side effects at people experienced and not taking the risk, but this is a chance that I was willing to take and for me, I couldnt have asked for a better turnout.

    BTW, the healing period for PRK sucked...just FYI

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    Default A friends lasik

    My friend got lasik about 8 years ago and has found it perfectly acceptable. He really enjoys the results. Of course there are some problems that can arise. Anyway, I found some rather interesting testimonials here.

    http://lasiktestimonials.com/forum/

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    Default My friend did it.

    My friend got lasik 8 years ago . . . he was very satisfied with the results. But there are implantable contact lenses.

    Also there are some testimonials here.

    http://lasiktestimonials.com/forum/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jusstyjonesy View Post
    My friend got lasik 8 years ago . . . he was very satisfied with the results. But there are implantable contact lenses.

    Also there are some testimonials here.

    http://lasiktestimonials.com/forum/
    do you have any friends who might have received lasik? was he satisfied with it? what kind of surgery was it and do you have a website of testimonials?

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    Let me explain my background for you. Father is an opthamologist, and has done over 3000 surgeries. He has been doing LASIK for over 10 years now, been in opthamology 35 years now. My older brother and sister have also had it done, with very little complications if any. He did it on me last year, and I went from a -3.25, and -3.75 to 20/20. I loved it, and would do it again. I had some problems with halos at night, but a pair of amber shooting glasses at wal-mart solved that problem, and the halos went away after about 2 months. the long term implications will not be much different than RK corrective surgery(so they say), which means by the time I hit 40, I will probably need some more surgery. If an opthamologist would do it on three of his own children, then I would say that it is safe. There are risks involved, and if you have dry eyes, then you may not be a good candidate. Good luck either way, if you get it done, it is a nice feeling to get rid of contacts.

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