K.M. asks from Spring, TX on March 12, 2012
Lasik Eye Surgery - Spring,TX
I'm 48 years young and have been wearing corrective lenses of one type or another since I was ten. I'm considering having lasik to correct my near-sightedness. Two different opthomolagists have concurred that it would benefit me and that I would do well. So my questions are; have you had it done? Can you recommend a doctor? How satisfied are you? Any cons or things to watch out for? What was your recovery like? What was the approximate cost? Anything else I need to know?
D.C. answers from Pittsburgh on March 12, 2012
Lasik is the best $$ I ever spent. I got it done more than 5 years ago now and have had 20/20 vision ever since - after having worn glasses or contacts since the 5th grade. I am 100% satisfied with it.
My advice is to make sure you go to a doctor that has done a LOT of them, and who is from a reputable plac - no $200 per eye places, that really scares me. I used TLC (the laser center). I chose them because the doctor I had was really well known in the field, and also because they offer a lifetime warranty, so if my vision every changes as I get older, they will recorrect for free. It cost me about $5000 for both eyes. I wouldn't help for me to tell you my Dr's name, since I don't live near you. However, ask your optometrist for recommendations. He likely knows which patients he sees that come in afterwards with problems and hate it, and which patients come in happy and satified. And so he can tell you which surgeons those happy patients used. Recovery - my eyes burned like they were on fire for about 2 hours afterwards. Then I took some tylenol PM, slept for a few hours, and when I woke up there was no more pain and I had perfect vision. I do have some starring/halos when driving at night, but I had those before I had surgery. They didn't get any better, but they didn't get worse either. Good luck!
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E.B. answers from Houston on March 13, 2012
Life changing!! I had mine done at 43 and my only complaint was that before I did not need "readers" but within a year after I did. They were possibly going to do one eye for up close and one eye for far away but did not -so that is why the readers. BUT I went from 20/400 to 20/15. At 56 that is still where my vision is. (Although the up close vision sucks now!!)
The joy of not having prescription sun glasses! Of getting out of bed in the morning and seeing the clock across the room! Of being able to get dressed up and go to a party and not have on glasses. Do it!
I did have severe dryness for about a month and learned to sleep with a sleep mask to keep my eyes closed. And I was a bit "overdone" so that during the adjustment period it was a little weird to be inside. That lasted about a week. My far vision was so great that it was unnerving to be in a closed in room. Small prices to pay.
I went to Dr Whitsett. Paid about $4000 for both eyes. (I think-maybe closer to $3000.)
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E.B. answers from Beaumont on March 13, 2012
I had it done at 42. Still don't need readers. Loved it!!! Easy recovery although the procedure scared me to death. I'm a big chicken though. Forgot what it cost but I'm sure it's much cheaper now. It IS life changing as Elizabeth B. says. I'd highly recommend it.
L.F. answers from Chicago on March 12, 2012
I had it done back in 1999 and I'm still so happy that I did it. My doctor was also part of the TLC network. Oddly enough, my vision regressed back to 20/50 after a few months. I had that corrected for free about a year later, and my vision has been fine ever since.
I still get dry eyes at night, and my night vision and ability to see contrasts aren't what they used to be. But I don't regret the surgery at all.
Don't rely on the number of surgeries that doctor has performed as a measure of his competence. There was a doctor in So Cal that did thousands of surgeries for half the price as the highly-regarded doctors. I knew a few people who had problems with their vision later, and they received no follow up care. Good luck!
A.C. answers from Washington DC on March 13, 2012
I had it done about 5 years ago. BEST DECISION I ever made. And I say that after having complications with the surgery. I would do it again in less than a heartbeat.
I also wore glasses from about 9 years old on and they were THICK. I litterally bumped into walls without my glasses (would hit my shoulder or arm or such because the edge of the wall was so indistinct until I was right on top of it and would bump some part of my body on it).
I had a complication because I sleep with my eyes open a little, which freaks my hubby out. Epithelial cells got under the flap they cut and had to be removed. So if you sleep with your eyes open I'd have them patch them closed for that first 24 hours or they have clear contacts they can put over it (they did this after they reopened the flap and removed the cells). Just be sure you tell your doctor and have them cover it in some way.
Price ... cheaper is not always better. This is your vision you're talking about. Go with a doctor who has an EXCELLENT reputation. The one I went to was in San Jose California and had a reputation for excellence as well as reasonable prices. He also did my husband and the results were fantastic. We paid about $2200 for each of us, so $4400 for the both us to get the corrective surgery.
What to expect ... the doctor will go over all of this. But generally expect to be medicated, but you won't be asleep, just REALLY relaxed. It can be a little freaky for some, but I found the whole thing pretty fascinating. The fact I could SEE the clock on the wall as soon as they sat me up after doing the procedure made me thrilled. You will be sent home with a sedative and told to sleep as much as possible over the next 24 hours. You should also have a follow up within 24-48 hours of the procedure.
You will probably notice a "starburst" effect around lights (traffic lights for example) for the first few days (maybe even a week or two) but within a VERY short time you won't notice it any more. I only notice it when I'm actually paying attention to what I'm looking at (the little red light that indicates am on my clock last night for example).
The only thing I regret was saying "yes that's fine" when they asked me if correcting to how I was seeing with my glasses at the time was ok. I didn't realize how poorly I was seeing with my glasses. I can still pass the DL sight test and all that, but it's definitely not as clear as it could be. So if they ask you that, unless your glasses are less then a year old I'd say "No I want it as good as it can get".
Anyway, now that I've rambled on :) I have been EXTREMELY happy with the results and actually would like to have them fine tuned (we got a lifetime thing with the doctor we went through, when I get it fine tuned I won't have to pay full price). I would do it again (and will eventually LOL).
Good luck and feel free to message me if you want more info. Although I can't recommend a doctor in your area.
J.H. answers from San Antonio on March 12, 2012
I had it done and I'm so thrilled that I did! I saw Dr. Manrique (http://sa.manriqueeye.com/) I loved every step of the process. He's one of the best eye surgeons in San Antonio! When I was there having my surgery he was working on one of the Dallas Cowboys and a boxer just before me. He actually trains other doctors on the machine he uses. You don't feel a thing and it's over before you know it! (Plus they have financing at 0% interest!)
If you decide to see Dr. Manrique, message me and let me know. I'll give you my full name so you can tell them I recommended you.
You won't regret it!
ETA: Guess I should tell you how recovery was. I wore an eye mask thing to keep me from rubbign my eyes. I had eye drops to put in my eyes to keep them moist and such. After two days my eyes were back to normal, except for the light sensitivity at night. That went away within a week. (I had issues with on coming cars and star bursts...but like I said, it went away within a week.)
My cost was $4200 for both eyes. I had my sight fixed and an astigmatism. So mine was a bit more.