Thinking about having life-changing surgery... need some insight please.

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    No, not a penis enlargement or turning into a chick. I wanted to get that out of the way before any of you guys got to it icon_razz.gif

    I'm actually considering getting LASIK surgery soon. Why is this so lifechanging to me? Well, it'll boost my confidence by an extreme amount, and I'll be able to stop feeling a bit insecure in certain situations.

    I have a mild lazy eye in my right eye. It's actually not noticable with my glasses on and is referred to as "microstrabismus." However, if I'm feeling tired and have my glasses off, my eye wants to go on it's own little journey and it's very frustrating and pretty much has destroyed my self-confidence in situations in the past. Another thing is that I'm extremely active and practice flips, spins, kicks, ect, ect, a lot and it's difficult having to wear glasses constantly.

    So I had a long talk with my doctor and he HIGHLY recommended it, explaining that the vision in my bad eye would improve a little bit, and I would pretty much be done with glasses except in situations like reading and when I become older (in my 40's). It sounded like a great deal to me, but the risks that come with it are kinda great. If somehow an accident happened and my 20/20 vision eye was blind, I would be screwed for the rest of my life. I have a hard time reading the big "E" when doing vision tests with my right eye alone. It's that bad.

    So anyway, the price is going to be around $4,000 and I'll have to take out a loan, and officially be in debt (my credit rocks and I've been debt free in life so far). That's something I'm having to consider as well.

    Does anyone have any experience with LASIK? Do you regret having it? Are you glad you did? Did it improve your vision?

    I'm just kinda needing some encouragement and words of advice. What would you do in my situation? This is something that would be VERY convenient for the rest of my life, improve my confidence, and have the ability to improve my vision.

    EDIT: Just got off the phone with my eye doctor and he said having LASIK would leave my lazy eye at the equivalent of having my glasses off now. Meaning, that with my glasses off it wouldn't really be all that noticeable.
  • Fable

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:32 PM GMT
    why would you have lasik on your 20/20 eye?


    Also lazy eyes are nothing to be bothered about. We sound like we're in the same boat. When I'm drunk one eye's looking at you, the other is looking for you. But yeah, don't let it bother you...



    as far as my experience with lasik my mum got it done and is happy with it. That's the extent of my knowledge. Also if they fuck up your eye... aren't you living in sue-everyone-land, you could get RICH!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    I did it about 7 years ago ... best decision I ever made ... but you might be to young to have it done ... your eyes should be stable ... which usually doesnt' happen until you are older
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    Jun 13, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    fable saidwhy would you have lasik on your 20/20 eye?


    Also lazy eyes are nothing to be bothered about. We sound like we're in the same boat. When I'm drunk one eye's looking at you, the other is looking for you. But yeah, don't let it bother you...



    as far as my experience with lasik my mum got it done and is happy with it. That's the extent of my knowledge. Also if they fuck up your eye... aren't you living in sue-everyone-land, you could get RICH!


    I guess my left eye isn't exactly 20/20, but it's pretty darn close. That's awesome news to hear about your mom for sure. If they fuck up my eye I would be rich, but I'm pretty sure you have to sign some type of waiver saying "If we fuck up your eye you can't sue us."


    AMoonHawk saidI did it about 7 years ago ... best decision I ever made


    This is great news to hear. Thank you, Moonhawk!
  • Import

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    in the grand scheme of things $4000 is not a lot of money.
    I think it would be totally worth it for u
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    Jun 13, 2013 9:37 PM GMT
    Import saidin the grand scheme of things $4000 is not a lot of money.
    I think it would be totally worth it for u


    Yeah, that's a good point. You know, when I have my shades on or something that hides my eye - I feel like I'm on top of the world. So I can tell how big of a deal this would be to me.
  • TheBizMan

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:39 PM GMT
    If it'll make you happy and you are in the right financial situation, I'd say go for it.

    Though you don't strike me as one to be lacking confidence.
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    Jun 13, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    fable saidwhy would you have lasik on your 20/20 eye?


    Also lazy eyes are nothing to be bothered about. We sound like we're in the same boat. When I'm drunk one eye's looking at you, the other is looking for you. But yeah, don't let it bother you...



    as far as my experience with lasik my mum got it done and is happy with it. That's the extent of my knowledge. Also if they fuck up your eye... aren't you living in sue-everyone-land, you could get RICH!



    BAHAHA!!! Now, I have new material to use against you!!!



    Ahem...anyways...I say go for it....the horror stories and risks associated with it are rare. If you do your homework and go with a reputable doctor then you should be good to go.

    Don't wait till your 40 to do the operation and waste all this time, do it while you are young.
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    Jun 13, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    I had it done 10+ years ago. No regrets. Life has been great. Just like in the brochures, I can now go swimming, mountain climbing, and Alaskan sea fishing without a worry!

    I'm at work right now using my phone. Post any questions and I'll answer them when i get home.

    EDIT:
    If you want to save some money, you can get the DIY kit. icon_lol.gif

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:41 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidIf it'll make you happy and you are in the right financial situation, I'd say go for it.

    Though you don't strike me as one to be lacking confidence.


    Financially, I'm really not. I work full time and attend college full time supporting my mom and younger brother. So this would take a hit on me for sure...

    Haha thanks! I am a very confident person when it comes down to it, but this is really the one and only thing that kinda takes a toll on me I guess.

    xrichx saidI had it done 10+ years ago. No regrets. Life has been great. Just like in the brochures, I can now go swimming, mountain climbing, and Alaskan sea fishing without a worry!

    I'm at work right now using my phone. Post any questions and I'll answer them when i get home.


    That is AWESOME, Rich! Thanks! I don't have really too many questions right now, but if I have some later I'll make sure to ask icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 13, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    Two things to keep in mind when making your decision:

    #1 This is relatively new procedure, so we don't know what kind of side effects you'll have by the time you're 50 or so. People act like 10 or 15 years is a long time, but you don't want to start having side effects in 20 years.

    #2 The procedure is not reversible.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 13, 2013 10:06 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidTwo things to keep in mind when making your decision:

    #1 This is relatively new procedure, so we don't know what kind of side effects you'll have by the time you're 50 or so. People act like 10 or 15 years is a long time, but you don't want to start having side effects in 20 years.

    #2 The procedure is not reversible.

    The effects are that your eyes continue to deteriorate as they do normally as you age and you have to go back to wearing glasses and in many cases you just go back and have it redone.

    As I indicated previously but you missed my edit was your eyes have to be stable and you are only 20, so they may not do it for you unless they are really really bad. Basically for us old folks, what happens with the lens of your eyes, are is that it hardens over time, so it does not bend as easy to refocus. So what they do is use a laser to burn off a minutely thin later to make your lens more flexible. In my case I have astigmatism, so I had the option to see good close or far. I chose far and need reading glasses. It's all done with computers so is extremely precise. Just don't move you eye, stare completely straight ... the computer can catch if you do move your eye slightly and will re adjust, but you may have to go back and have it redone. There has not been one person I know that regrets doing it.
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    Jun 13, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk said There has not been one person I know that regrets doing it.


    I have one friend whose surgery was botched and redone several times. His vision finally settled down but he still has some problems.

    There are risks.
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    Jun 13, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Josh,

    You are probably the most level-headed and mature kid I have ever encountered.

    I am all for you doing something for you that will make you happy. However, I do think you need to approach it logically. Look at all the risks, look at the finances and the budget and how you will be able to manage the payments.

    Take the time to really consider everything involved and if you feel strongly that this is the right decision for you, then you have your answer.

    You have earned the right to trust your instincts.

    Hugz.
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    Jun 13, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    If I was in your situation?

    I would wait a couple of years and think about it.

    It's just my perspective, but my belief is that if you can't afford it, don't buy it.

    As with any surgery something can go wrong, so that's not a huge huge deal, but ask yourself if the worst case did happen, would you regret it later? Would you think you were stupid to try convince yourself to have the surgery?

    But if you truly want it, go for it. Everything will go great and if you'll be feeling a lot better then it's worth it.
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 14, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    I need glasses for driving, but not much else. I considered LASIK, but my ophthalmologist was just ever so slightly advising against it. For the same reason that you mentioned; that it might mean needing glasses for reading further down the road. So in my case, the trade off was glasses for driving, or likely glasses for reading later on. I decided not to do it - I can live with putting glasses on for driving or watching a lecture or play. Finances didn't come into play for me; the surgery would have been covered by my vision plan. But of course your situation is different, and I would give your doctor's recommendation a lot of weight, even though I might get a second opinion just to be sure. And, do you expect your professional situation to change sometime soon, where you may have insurance to cover this?
  • CityofDreams

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    Jun 14, 2013 12:57 AM GMT
    I have read multiple posts where you have mentioned your lazy eye. If it bothers you to the point where its negatively influencing your social interactions, then by all means have the surgery. Save up!
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:01 AM GMT
    With a loan the cost is not just principal, but principal plus interest. It costs nothing extra to save first.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 14, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    I had LASIK because I can't wear contacts, so happy I did it.
  • honestsweat

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    Jun 14, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    Research the doctor who will be doing the procedure. See how many they have done. Google what to look for in a doctor who does LASIK.
  • takashi

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    Jun 14, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    Does LASIK surgery treat 'Lazy eye'? I thought it was to fix near or far sightedness.
    I had LASIK done and am very satisfied.
    I was very near sighted and used contact lens. As I got older I found I needed reading glasses. So now, I was using contact lenses and needed glasses. My eye doctor told me that I was very near sighted so if I was to get LASIK then I would be come very far sighted. I would always need reading glasses as that was due to the muscles around my eyes. Anyway, I can now see better or farther away than I ever have, even with contact lenses. I have hawk or eagle like eye sight but now cannot read a menu with large type! Need reading glasses and if the restaurant was dark forget about it!
    So nothing is perfect. But still I am glad I did it.
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    I had to wear strong glasses for distances and decided to have LASIK about 9 years ago. Everything went great, I tossed my glasses and lived happily for about 5-6 years, when I started noticing my eyes getting worse again. So, 7 years after LASIK I had to wear very light glasses for driving, movies and TV again. Now, after 9 years my eyes have gotten worse again and I needed to get stronger glasses, still, they are just a fraction of what they were before surgery. To be continued.
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    Ryan Gosling has a lazy eye.
    Henry Cavill has a lazy eye.
    Lazy is sexy! (sometimes)
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:48 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidI had to wear strong glasses for distances and decided to have LASIK about 9 years ago. Everything went great, I tossed my glasses and lived happily for about 5-6 years, when I started noticing my eyes getting worse again. So, 7 years after LASIK I had to wear very light glasses for driving, movies and TV again. Now, after 9 years my eyes have gotten worse again and I needed to get stronger glasses, still, they are just a fraction of what they were before surgery. To be continued.


    can you be treated again? I know I can.
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    lifecast2020 saidRyan Gosling has a lazy eye.
    Henry Cavill has a lazy eye.
    Lazy is sexy! (sometimes)


    Well, I would be lying if I said lazy eye wasn't the primary issue, but I know it's not going to change MUCH with surgery, but it will be the equivalent to what I look like now with my glasses on - meaning it won't be very noticeable.

    The whole idea of LASIK just revolves around convenience for me. I'm looking forward to ditching my stupid glasses from time to time haha