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I've had pretty terrible vision for my entire life and I'm looking into getting LASIK done. My concerns are something going wrong or having some permanent side effect from the surgery.

Has anyone here had it done or know somebody who has? Would you recommend it?
 

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Most people I know that have done it recommend it. Just accept the risk that you may go blind, it's like a 0.00001% chance.
 

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More than I spent. Had PRK done 12 years ago by the military for free. A few minutes under the light and I went from something like 20/400 to 20/15. Today I'm at 20/20, but to be fair I'd been staring at a screen all day the last time I was tested.
 

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I've had pretty terrible vision for my entire life and I'm looking into getting LASIK done. My concerns are something going wrong or having some permanent side effect from the surgery.

Has anyone here had it done or know somebody who has? Would you recommend it?
My wife, brother, father and a few others I know have all done it and are glad they did. My father did it probably 15 years ago, the technology has improved since then and it seems to be a safe procedure...
 

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I was teasing - I've never had LASIK, but my mom went to one of the best Drs in the country to get it done, was $5k out of pocket, and has been way happier with life ever sent.

Don't ever go budget route with doctors, lawyers or accountants. Get the best you can possibly afford.
 

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I've been researching this a bit...

First know why your vision is bad. Get a check up to see if you have any damage or other things that are not supposed to be there. Low chance, but get it done anyway, because of what LASIK actually entails.

Problem

My guess is that you're like the rest of us and have nearsightedness (myopia) from staring at screens or books all day, every day. If this is the case, your eyes are in a constant state of strain. To see close, your eyes have to be elongated. Eventually, your eyes get "stuck" in this position and you can no longer read street signs or see if that's $1 or $100 on the ground.

(I'm not sure what causes farsightedness, you'll need to research on your own if that's what you have.)

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The retina is the bowl in the back.

LASIK

It's fairly risk free. The most common issues patients face is dry itchy eyes. Especially at night. Where they're putting in lubricating drops daily. My biggest peeve to why I've not gone through with it.

The procedure itself doesn't fix your strained eye. Instead it "carves" out your cornea so the light focuses in on your retina. So a few decades later you may have to come in for a "touch-up," as you age or your environment changes.

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Glasses or contact lenses. Some of these force your eyeball to reshape, and it feels weird. Even hurting your eye. I tried it and it was real nuisance getting any work done with them. Headaches, dizziness. Others have reported success, but it works better the younger you are.

Staring distantly. This has worked great for me over the past couple of years. Your eyeball is in the relaxed state when staring far off. Anywhere from 20 to 100 meters. This is the 20-20-20 rule to get 20/20 vision. Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to stare 20 meters away. Looking across the street to your neighbors house does the trick. 100 meters is the length of a football field.

The better way to have relaxed eyes is to stare at trees. I won't get into the science, but trees reduces stress and lowers blood pressure.

At least 1-2 times a month I try to go out into nature from sunrise to sundown. Camping, fishing or something else that doesn't put too many objects directly in your face.

Plus it has a ton of other benefits than just better eyes.

I haven't researched what your diet contributes to eye health. But, I do know carrots won't do much, besides base maintenance. So if anyone has experience here, do share.
 

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I was told not to get it done. Doing martial arts, it would be dangerous for me because LASIK weakens your lenses, so a blow in the right spot could cause blindness.
I'm totally cool wearing contacts and glasses. Plus I'm scared of lasers...
 

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I had it done in 2005 by Kleiman Evangelista in Arlington. I had worn glasses for over 30 years and my safety glasses were getting heavier and hurting. I had mono vision done to read out of one eye and long distance with the dominant eye. I still love it.

I did go in for a checkup recently and am developing cataracts. So, it looks like another eye surgery is in my future.
 

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Had it done 12 years ago. Best decision of my life.
But in the last year, I began noticing a bit of change in eyesight when I was reading, so I began taking 20mg of Lutein daily. (Have been taking it for 4 months)
Many pilots take this for their vision and as a student pilot myself, I thought I would give it a try. Have been taking it daily, and I no longer use reading glasses. It improved my nearsightedness to the point that I do not use the glasses any more. I continue to take it. Also I just went to a optometrist 2 weeks ago, and she confirmed that glasses were not needed.
Needless to say, I am impressed with the supplement.
 

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From what I've read I wouldn't do it. (I've thought about it). Too risky for me. If you really dive in you'll find some eyebrow raising concerns.

Dr. Waxler is the Dr. that approve LASIK for the FDA. He is now a huge opponent of it, claiming that he was duped originally.

Some stats I found: out of 18 million LASIK patients 3.4 million have permanent eye damage.

Apparently dry eye is a big deal for most LASIK patients because the surgery cuts through the nerves that tell the brain to send tears to the eyes.

LASIK patients can have trouble seeing at night.

One study showed LASIK patients had cataract surgery 6 years earlier than non-LASIK patients.

LASIK permanently damages/weakens the cornea, since the cornea isn't capable of complete healing.

In my opinion the odds are too great. LASIK is too permanent. Glasses aren't that bad.
 

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You might also look into Ortho-K. You wear contacts at night that shape your eyes. Take them out in the morning and have 20-20 vision all day. They also take the strain off of your eyes, unlike glasses, so the myopia does not get worse over time.
 

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Consider this. MJ talks a lot in both his books about selecting a business or a decision that has a bigger upside than its downside.

I personally had LASIK done in December 2014. Throughout the process of consults and getting ready/preparing for the actual surgery day and surgery itself (takes a total of 8-10 minutes to get both eyes done) I was given papers and pamphlets that went over risks, disclaimers, etc. I just tossed them out because I was determined to have better vision and knew the surgery had been practiced for decades. Not to mention the % of success is 99.99% (they have to leave room for human error and that one or two people in millions that went blind in one or both eyes because of those mishaps).

Use the decision making tools if you have to. Make your three columns.

I can tell you it was the best decision I have made in relation to my physical health and well being. Instant improvement in my vision and a whole new world was opened up to me! A world of natural clarity.

Best $4,000 ($3,998) I’ve ever spent. This price granted me lifetime insurance on my eyes with them. A guarantee 20/20 vision or else I receive a free surgery correction - this extra cost also reduced the amount of my cornea they zap off. I could have got the standard procedure @ $2,998, but figured customizing the procedure for something so important to me was valuable.

**get it done in Canada if you don’t already live here - it’s cheaper.
*also you can cover the cost through a Health Spending Account (HSA)


 

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From what I've read I wouldn't do it. (I've thought about it). Too risky for me. If you really dive in you'll find some eyebrow raising concerns.

Dr. Waxler is the Dr. that approve LASIK for the FDA. He is now a huge opponent of it, claiming that he was duped originally.

Some stats I found: out of 18 million LASIK patients 3.4 million have permanent eye damage.

Apparently dry eye is a big deal for most LASIK patients because the surgery cuts through the nerves that tell the brain to send tears to the eyes.

LASIK patients can have trouble seeing at night.

One study showed LASIK patients had cataract surgery 6 years earlier than non-LASIK patients.

LASIK permanently damages/weakens the cornea, since the cornea isn't capable of complete healing.

In my opinion the odds are too great. LASIK is too permanent. Glasses aren't that bad.
Age is inevitable my friend whether you have cataract surgery in 2056 or 2062 does it really matter, if you even fall into that percentage they “studied”. Anyway, I think if you want great vision for the next 30 years rather than using glasses or contacts (not to mention paying for these things as well) get LASIK. Everything has a risk factor.

You have to decide what is worth the risk to you.
 

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I haven’t done it and I’m glad I didn’t. Because now as I’ve gotten older, when I wear contacts I can’t see up close. So I need to put my phone 18 inches away.

But when I take off my contacts, my phone is perfectly clear up to 18”. I like being able to remove my 20/20 vision vs wearing reading glasses.
 

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Everything has a risk factor.

You have to decide what is worth the risk to you.
Yea. I have decided LASIK is too risky for me.

Curious. What are the risks with glasses? Contacts?

As far as I can tell the only health risk for glasses is the fact that it forces your eyes into a fixed lens that they must adjust in, causing eye strain.

Contacts do the same and there's more of a health risk because they restrict the natural airflow into the eye, can have bacteria on them, damage to the cornea etc.

Seems to me glasses are the least risky, then contacts, and then way down in third place is LASIK.
 

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One of our co-workers recently had laser surgery (farsightedness) and isn't happy with the results. First of all, it took her much longer to heal up from what the doctor's had told her and afterwards vision wasn't as good as she expected. So she has some trouble reading and working on computers nowadays, which are the cause of constant minor headaches.

I thought about doing it like 10 years ago and am glad i didn't. I'm wearing contact lenses when i'm doing heavy work or glasses for office days.

Guess that's sort of hit and miss. It might work very well or just well for you or it doesn't and you'll need some sort of glasses or lenses anyways. That's too much of a gamble for me personally.
 

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