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post #31 of 59
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Originally Posted by lilleah
I have wanted this surgery for a long time.
Without contacts or glasses, I am legally blind. I seriously cannot see a foot in front of me.

So the docs are trying to get me to get Lasik. But I was reading on the internet about it. And I got scared from all the un-known results, because there is no long-term studies about it. You CAN go blind, right on the chair, or when you get home. It's very possible. And that's what scares me the most. I couldnt risk total blindness.

So, it talks about how the long-term effects are un-known and blindness may be one of the effects.

BUT, on the other hand, people have loved it. Said they couldnt be happier, and wouldnt have it any other way. I dont know. The risks out wiegh the happiness for me. Im happy right where I am, and if my eyesight gets any worse, I will have to have this sugery. And I wouldnt be looking forward to it.

Please let us know how you're doing, and how it works out for you!
Im very interested.

I my self have wanted LASIK too, but this year (at 27) I found out I won't ever get it. There are multiple reasons for me not being able to get it done.

I have had glasses since I was 4. I am very very near-sighted. At this years check-up my contact prescription was -10.00 rt and -12.00 left. My glasses script was -11.75 rt and -14.75 left. I'm bad! My eyes change a 1/2 to full step each year. We were hoping that they would have stopped changing by now as I am getting older but they have not. Now, I can't even walk through the house with glasses on, they don't correct me enough to see right because of being off-set from the face! Getting LASIK would not get me back to 20/20 vision, I am too far gone. The cost would be high and I'd still need corrective lenses. That not being even the bad part. This year we can see retinal degeneration (LATTICE DEGENERATION is the exact kind I have) in both eyes. Because of the major stress on my eyes I am at a very high risk for retinal detachment. Getting hit in the head, falling, quick jerking of the head could cause it. He said even getting hit in the head with a tennis ball or playing rough with kids could cause it in me. So I have to be very careful. Now, doing the surgery could cause it quicker! It'd be too much stress on my eyes! So I just get to keep getting worse every year. My doctor did say though when I asked him if they kept going like this if I would go blind he said, most likely not, but I could get cataracts or glaucoma because of it.

It sucks, but I guess it's something I am just going to have to live with!

Good luck to you though with getting it done, I hope everything goes as planned and you see wonderfully afterwards!!

Jill
post #32 of 59
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Originally Posted by PurrPaws
I wish I could bring in Polly or Prego (or maybe Sierra or Serenity ) They would make me feel less scared.
Wouldn't that be absolutely purrfect!

Your exam sounds quite similar to my experience with the exception of the LASIK video. It great that your Dr. wants you to be completely informed about the procedure. That's terrific that they will be offering you the same discount that you would get if they were covered by your insurance! I'm so excited for you and look forward to your next update!
post #33 of 59
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Wouldn't that be absolutely purrfect!

Your exam sounds quite similar to my experience with the exception of the LASIK video. It great that your Dr. wants you to be completely informed about the procedure. That's terrific that they will be offering you the same discount that you would get if they were covered by your insurance! I'm so excited for you and look forward to your next update!
The best part will be when I come home and lie down after the surgery. If I know Prego and Polly, they will know I've been through something and they will probably come and snuggle with me

P.S. How old is Serenity? She reminds me of Polly, not that they look alike, but that they both have a "young" look to their faces, if you know what I mean.
post #34 of 59
My wife and I had it done about 6 years ago. We're both very happy with the results. Wife wound up with 20/20 both eyes. Since I'm older I chose to have my right eye corrected for distance vision and the left eye for near vision. I ahve 20/20 with both eyes and it wasn't hard for me to adjust. I do have corrective lens to have greater magnification of smaller objects (I repair computers and need to read the very fine print on circuit boards) and 20/20 correction for distance. I feel that I should have 20/20 with both eyes for night driving. I don't use the glasses that often though. Only when I'm really tired and night driving.
post #35 of 59
My brother had it done 3 months ago and he's very happy with the results. I plan on getting checked and hopefully going through with the operation before long.
post #36 of 59
Most wonderful thing I've ever had done. Love it!!
post #37 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by felton
My wife and I had it done about 6 years ago. We're both very happy with the results. Wife wound up with 20/20 both eyes. Since I'm older I chose to have my right eye corrected for distance vision and the left eye for near vision. I ahve 20/20 with both eyes and it wasn't hard for me to adjust. I do have corrective lens to have greater magnification of smaller objects (I repair computers and need to read the very fine print on circuit boards) and 20/20 correction for distance. I feel that I should have 20/20 with both eyes for night driving. I don't use the glasses that often though. Only when I'm really tired and night driving.
I've never tried monovision, but I think it would drive me bonkers. Anyway, I'm 24, so I don't need it yet.
post #38 of 59
Thread Starter 
Well, they called me today, and I'm scheduled for 8:45am tomorrow (wednesday). The place is like an hour away, so I'll be getting up early tomorrow. I've got a bit of a cold, but they said that's alright. I probably won't be able to post anything tomorrow; I don't know if they'll want me using a computer right away, but I'll post back when I can!

Polly and Prego send purrs and headbumps to everyone in this thread :-)
post #39 of 59
My friend had it done last year and loves the results. He has 20/20 now. I don't know how bad it was but his glasses were pretty ugly and thick!! Now I can't see him wearing glasses again!! Good Luck tomorrow!!
post #40 of 59
Good luck!
post #41 of 59
Yes good luck for sure, I would be a fraidy cat
post #42 of 59
Your day has finally arrived! We're so looking forward to hearing all about it!
post #43 of 59
Thread Starter 
I am a fraidy cat, but they're giving me valium to calm me down. It will also help me sleep after the procedure because I'm supposed to keep my eyes closed for awhile.

Many thanks to everyone for the well wishes.
post #44 of 59
My aunt had it done and loves it! She is 20/15 now. I'd love to have it done someday. But I'll also wait until my 30's or so to see what more of the long-term effects are. Maybe the procedure will advance even more! I think its been kidn of creepy reading about the procedure on here though .
post #45 of 59
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery went great. I can already see pretty well. Everything is rather foggy though. They told me that is because the flap is swollen and that will go away. I'm already really excited! I can see the cats clearly from all the way across the room. I'm typing this without glasses or contacts and with my face a normal distance from the screen.

I would have posted sooner but for the first 3 hours after surgery, my eyes were just burning and stinging like crazy. I took 4 Advils. You're supposed to sleep through that part, but I wasn't sleepy, so I just layed down and relaxed, and the cats layed down with me. Now my eyes feel perfectly fine.

It's really amazing how well you can see immediately after the procedure. All I can say is wow!
post #46 of 59
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Originally Posted by PurrPaws
Hi everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery went great. I can already see pretty well. Everything is rather foggy though. They told me that is because the flap is swollen and that will go away. I'm already really excited! I can see the cats clearly from all the way across the room. I'm typing this without glasses or contacts and with my face a normal distance from the screen.

I would have posted sooner but for the first 3 hours after surgery, my eyes were just burning and stinging like crazy. I took 4 Advils. You're supposed to sleep through that part, but I wasn't sleepy, so I just layed down and relaxed, and the cats layed down with me. Now my eyes feel perfectly fine.

It's really amazing how well you can see immediately after the procedure. All I can say is wow!

Yay you!! That is great, congrats on the new look at life!!
post #47 of 59
Wow! This is so terrific! I couldn't sleep after the procedure, either, I was so excited. How's your vision tonight? Polly and Prego are, of course, gorgeous as ever, aren't they, and now you'll never again have to grab your glasses or put in contacts to bask in their beauty!
post #48 of 59
Great to hear you again about it!

I have bad vision, and plan on doing it as well. Glasses make me annoyed, and contacts always are getting irritated.
post #49 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Wow! This is so terrific! I couldn't sleep after the procedure, either, I was so excited. How's your vision tonight? Polly and Prego are, of course, gorgeous as ever, aren't they, and now you'll never again have to grab your glasses or put in contacts to bask in their beauty!
Thanks! Polly and Prego send purrs.

My vision is still fairly blurry right now, but I'm able to read, type on the computer and watch TV. I can function just fine. My doctor said the blurriness would go away in time. I think a lot of it will go away once I go to sleep tonight.

Polyglot, let me know if you have any questions. I (and I'm sure all the others on this board that have had LASIK) would be glad to answer any questions. Have you been evaluated or anything yet? Definitely keep us updated.
post #50 of 59
No, this is probably years away, when I am close to the time of moving. Thank you anyway, though!
post #51 of 59
Thread Starter 
They'll probably have even better technology then. Look how far they've already come since the days of RK.
post #52 of 59
all that talk of this surgery gives me the heebie-jeebies... I can't even stand an eyelash in my eye, let alone anyting else!

You guys are all way braver than I am!!!
post #53 of 59
Really, LASIK feels like a miracle!
post #54 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LuckyGirl
all that talk of this surgery gives me the heebie-jeebies... I can't even stand an eyelash in my eye, let alone anyting else!

You guys are all way braver than I am!!!
It gives me the heebie-jeebies, too, but really the procedure is very short and not hard at all. The part that really gives me the heebie-jeebies is the peeling of the flap back from the eye. But if they didn't tell me just what they were doing the whole time, I really wouldn't have known. The laser makes kind of a scary sound (a ticking). It's not bad though.

I'm back at work today. I saw my doctor this afternoon, and I'm cleared for driving and working. She says everything looks great. I'm 20/15 in my right eye and 20/30 in my left eye. She thinks my left eye will improve in the next couple weeks. I also got to take off the silly goggles
post #55 of 59
Wow! This is so terrific! Great big congratulations! Welcome to your freedom from corrective lenses. Your life is forever altered for the better!
post #56 of 59
Welcome to the world of normal vision.

Sometime, I DO miss having my glasses to hide behind, though. My eyes usually give away my feelings, even when my face is a blank mask.
post #57 of 59
Thread Starter 
I went in for another check-up yesterday. My doctor says everything looks great. My right eye is still 20/15 and my left eye has improved to 20/20 (just like she said it would). Together they can easily see 20/15.

Well, I promised to keep you all updated, so that's what I'm doing :-)
post #58 of 59
That's great! I'm so glad it worked out well for you! I had it done too, and it IS like a miracle!!!
post #59 of 59
My brother was legally blind before his procedure. The doctor told him that the could bring him to 20/20, but then he would settle back to needing reading glasses. He loves it, he realized the impact that it had the day his son was born and he took off his glasses to wipe a tear, and could still see everything in the room.
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