Eye laser treatment

  • Nayro

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    May 06, 2013 9:41 PM GMT
    Hey guys!

    So in a little more than a week I will undergo eye laser treatment! Im quite excited about it, also a bit nervous but that's a natural respons I think. Anyway I was wondering do any of you guys have any experience with people around you that underwent eye laser treatment? Or did you undergo eye laser treatment yourself?

    The idea that someone will be doing stuff to my eyes is a bit weird. But its a good clinic with very good reviews.. Still.. A bit nervous icon_razz.gif
  • seafrontbloke

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    May 06, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    I had laser treatment in 2009.

    It's uncomfortable, in that the placing of a clamp on the eye even after anaesthetic eye drops is noticeable. The actual layering doesn't hurt at all. The surgeon moving the flap of cornea is uncomfortable.

    The actual treatment was a bit scary, as you're staring at a laser beam trying not to move your eyes. The computer by the way knows if your eyes move and adjusts the laser to compensate so it still works.

    Think James Bond and the laser in Goldfinger...

    Half an hour in a dark room to recover then back home. I walked outside and could immediately read the car number plates without my glasses.

    Recovery for me was slow as my eyes were dry and I generally don't like putting anything in my eyes (to the extent I've never got on with contacts)

    All has been good since.
  • gwuinsf

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    May 06, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    I've had LASEK because my corneas were too thin and flat for LASIK. If you're lucky enough to have LASIK, you will be very happy with the results. My healing time was very long compared to LASIK, but I was almost completely blind before. I wore Acuvue contacts before and I couldn't even read the alarm clock when I woke up without groping for my glasses.

    The most uncomfortable part for me was the doctor kept dropping ice cold drops in my eyes. I eventually started to get brain freeze headache and it really hurt. But otherwise, you can't really tell what the doctor is doing and all you see is a red light coming down into your eye.

    I don't think my eyesight is 20/20 but I can see without corrective lenses so I'm completely happy with the results.

    Yes, my eyes are drier also than they were before. Sometimes when I wake up it feels like my eyes are trying to blink over eye paper and it hurts sometimes.
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    May 08, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    I had Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) in 2003..., LASEK and PRK permanently change the shape of the anterior central cornea using an excimer laser to ablate (remove by vaporization) a small amount of tissue from the corneal stroma at the front of the eye, just under the corneal epithelium. The outer layer of the cornea is removed prior to the ablation.

    Because the shape of my eyes, oval, i didnt qualify for Lasik (standard flap), so after PRK, you have to wear temp contact lenses that they fit you with until your cornea heals, the temp lenses you wear for a few days while your vision starts to come in clearer and clearer.

    Takes a bit longer than reg Lasik, but well worth the discomfort and the price. Glasses and then contacts for 30 years, I just got tired of them and their expense. Hopefully you qualified for Lasik. Dry eye and night time "halo's" are the most common side effects after your procedure, you should be out of commission for about a few days to a week depending on your procedure and your own healing time, fixing your sight, usually 20/20, the procedure does not prevent Presbyopia (reading glasses) from onset due to age.

    10 years later, im still happy with the results and happy i made the decision, upfront money spent on surgery has paid for itself comparing the hassle and money i was spending for glasses/contacts

    this is the only extra expense you will prob need
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    Here is a video of the procedure. It might put you at ease.


    ... especially around 4:55

  • RaggedyMan

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    May 09, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Had it last July after wearing glasses for over 20 years and it was the best investment I have ever done. Took less than 2 mins total.
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    May 14, 2013 11:51 PM GMT
    what are/did you have done?

    I had PRK done almost a year ago to the date now. was awesome surgery. receovery was a looong one...four months of eye drops....but worth it. best vision i've had in my life. 19 years of wearing glasses....gone in about 50 seconds in each eye.

    that was my surgery.
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    May 26, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    I had Lasik treatment last December and now I suffer from morning headache, longer I sleep, more intense is the sleep. Anyone else suffering from the headache or it's just me?
    I can't really go back to the Doctor who did my Lasik at the moment as I have moved but yeah I will go soon for a check up at local Doctor, I haven't got the insurance yet.
  • O5vx

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    May 26, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    I had laser sugary to correct some of my nystagmus. The actual procedure took about 15 minute. I needed to hold my body very still to ensure that the procedure had the most effect, but because of my nystagmus, it was quite hard to focus especially because I also have light sensitivity. It was the worst thing that could ever be done to a person with light sensitivity. I had to keep applying this ointment to it every couple of hours so that it can be moisturized. For weeks, it felt like there was sand in my eyes. But on the plus side, my sight as improved drastically.
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    May 26, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    I find the replies an interesting read as I am going for a consultation next month...Hopefully I am a candidate (and brave enough). icon_smile.gif
  • Rightguard

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    May 26, 2013 8:29 PM GMT
    I literally just had this done a few days ago. Its amazing. Like others have said, it takes about 2 minutes. It was completely painless for me. All the pre-op and post-op appointments are kind of annoying but necessary.

    I made the mistake of going to bed for about 8 hours right after surgery. This caused the corneal flap to dry out and heal improperly. For the first few hours I should have been more vigilant about using the drops. Its not too bad though, I only have one minor blurry spot off to the side of my right eye. The doctor says it will likely clear up over the next few days.

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    May 26, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    I had Bi-laterval Wavefront LASIK in Nov. 2007 at a price of $4895.00 - best decision ever at Scott Hyver Vision Care in Santa, Clara, CA.

    Dr. Hyver was superb. He is the official eye doctor for the 49rs here in SFO. Anyway, I saved it for a year prior to the procedure when I was a full-time employee since I placed in under my FSA Health Account which later became tax deductible since I used all those funds.

    The months prior to the procedure I went through pre-operative exams, computer assessing the shape of your eye cornea, and what to expect prior to the procedure.

    Prior to one week to the procedure I was placed under antibiotics drops, an anti-inflammatory drops (I had blepharitis) since your cornea and eye need to be free an of its natural shape.

    The day of the procedure as much commented your taken to the LASIK surgery table. The surgeon then carefully places numbing eye drops and with a plastic clamp isolates the eye so that is careful placed ready for the laser and its restricts its movements. He then instructs you to follow the Laser light and as of there have said he then opens the cornea, that is the scariest part since you then go blind. He then shoots the laser and I did smell a bit of a vapor, a few minutes later the cornea flap is placed back in and yes. I was able to see for the first time the clock. At this office they have a ritual that as you passed the receptionist desk you place your eyeglasses in this container.

    Anyway, recovery for me was painful. I wish I had asked for some valium, but every couple of hours I had to place moisture drops as well as ant-inflamatory in my case. I went to bed by midnight but prior to that I was able to sit down and watch TV for the 1st time without using glasses...hurray!

    Also recovering in each eye will vary since the lens will heal differently. I say this because I recall at certain intervals i would feel my left lens zooming in literally in a meeting being able to see 20/10 while the right eye was not there it was a bit trippy..anyway, I went back just a few days pos-operative and everything was fine, eventually I ended up with 20/10 on each eye. So was very happy.

    Best of luck and follow the doctor instructions to the letter!