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Old 10-25-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have lasik surgery?

Thinking about the lasik surgery (used to be Radical Karrot Enema or something like that). I'm a glasses wearer, bifocal style now.

Wear contacts when fishing and cheaters to tie hooks, read charts, etc.

Would like to hear pros and cons from those who have had this lasik stuff done at an older age, pref 40 to 50 range or beyond.

How does it compare to contacts?
What downsides have you experienced?
Is it worth the money?
What are the real-world advantages in the outdoors world?
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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i am almost 40, to make a long story short, about 5 years ago, i thought it was time for glasses, after 4 years and 3 different doctors with 3 different opinions, I HATED wearing glasses. I went to center for sight on Davis, $3600 out the door, 0 interest 2 year plan. I went in on a Wednesday afternoon with 20/200, was actually under the laser about 5 minutes, some mild discomfort that night (1 lortab) drove myself to the check up Thursday morn at 8 am and was 20/20. The selling point for me was the fact that the surgery was guaranteed for a year (what doctor guarantees his work?) Been a year, never had an issue, still 20/20, glad it wasn't $5K, cause I would have paid it!!! One of the best decisions I made, and I still have the rest of the lortabs if you need 'em! lol
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I would like to know the same info. I wear contacts...and would love to just wake up in the morn and see clearly
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Good info. I was wondering the same things.

Only downside I can imagine is not getting the break from the mirror I do now. At least without my contacts my mirrors don't look so bad.
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Good info. I was wondering the same things.

Only downside I can imagine is not getting the break from the mirror I do now. At least without my contacts my mirrors don't look so bad.

Just look at the mirror after a hot shower.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:25 PM   #6
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No exaggeration, no B.S., that night was not much fun, felt like sand or a welding burn if you've had one, but 1 pill was enough for me to go to sleep and when I woke up Thursday 6 am the news was on and I could see the TV so clearly I yelled "HOLY [email protected]" so loud my wife came running from the other room! As I said, if a doctor will guarantee his work, there has to be very little chance of him working for free
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BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT!

The wife and I both had it done almost 4 yrs ago (had it done when I was 42). Because being an Air Traffic Controller, good vision is kinda important in keeping my job, I chose to use a specialist vs a place that just processes hundreds of people through. I'm in a flight status and required all kinds of waivers to have this done and continue with my job. The biggest difference is that many places purchase their lasik equipment and keep/use it as long and with as many people as possible before replacing it. I elected to go with Dr Jennifer Murray at the W.Fl Eye Institute. She is an eye/trauma specialist and supposedly one of the best in NW FL and rents her equipment so she can use the most up to date at all times......

My lasik was 3200 and my wifes was 4200. my vision went from 20/250 and 20/15 corrected to 20/10 in both eyes. her's went from 20/400 and 20/20 corrected to 20/20 in both eyes.

Do not opt for the radial karatotamy (cornea surface). The difference is that it leaves scar tissue on the cornea surface and lasik (being under a flap) leaves virtually no scarring and easier correction/modification down the road when/if needed.

The experience was great and the wife and I both only had very minor discomfort the evening of the lasik, next morning we where both good to go. Having worn glasses for 30 yrs when I had it done, I can't imagine going back now and would readily pay alot more than I did to have it done again.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:03 PM   #8
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Wife had hers done years ago. she was 20/400 I think. Got corrected to 20/30. Needs glases to read though. Boss had his done about 6/7 years ago and he also needs glasses to read. He is in front of a computer everyday so he is not to happy. It's the opposite for him so he uses glasses more than before(reading the computer screen). If you are near sighted, then you will probably need glasses for up close stuff...
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Im thinking about having mine done also. My wife had hers done about 7 years ago. went from slap blind to better than 20/20, and i aint joking,, when i met her she couldnt tell if you were male or female from 20 feet, not any more, she said its the best decision she has ever made... let me know when you get ready to do it, maybe we can get a multiple discount
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I know someone that had it done and they also wish they would have done it many years ago. Its expensive but according to him worth every penny. He works outside and having to wear glasses and wipe his head and face sucked. Not anymore.
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