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Laser eye surgery !!!

Get laser eye surgery???

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Tabish

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I have been seriously considering laser eye surgery for some time.
Not sure if this is the right place but it involves high powered lasers so why not.

Turns out laser eye surgery can now be done without the blade.
Where a laser first cuts the flap. Think its called Intralase.

They also have this technology called wavefront lasik where a laser maps out the eye exactly (more acurate than regular prescription readings)

Anyway, anyone here had laser eye surgery done or know anyone who had it done ????
 

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not had it done but what you've said is correct. the Intralase is the alternative to the micro-keratome device in which a diamond blade slices your eye's surface to make the flap.

custom wavefront lasik can correct aberrations such as star bursts, glows, halos, etc. etc. but cost significantly more.

there's also an option called 'tissue saving lasik' in which they set the laser so that it 'wastes' less of your tissue during the operation. this is useful in the unlikely event you need to re perform the surgery several times.
 

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Anyway, anyone here had laser eye surgery done or know anyone who had it done ????
I had and can recommend a LASEK operation.

They dissolve the outer layer of your eye with 20% ethanol solution in a silicon ring put in place. The dissolved layer is then put aside (it's about 2-3 cells thick). After this the machine polishes the surface, some fluid is added into your eyes. And the flap is put back, and a bandage lens is put on top.

This is not a whole unlike PRK surgery. Except since you save the flap tissue and put it back it allows for faster healing and less pain.

It takes about 48 hrs before you can remove the bandage lens. After that the discomfort should be almost gone. After this it takes about 2-6 weeks to recover a good eye vision.

The pro sides for this operation vs LASIK is that you will make no permanent damage. The outer cell layer removed will regenerate. With LASIK you have a permanent scarring in your eye. This can destabilize the eye globe. LASIK on the other hand goes faster healing for some reason until you have a full perfect vision.

I have better than normal vision now still one year after the surgery was done.

All in all it was definitely worth it. All in! :)

After about half year I got my friend recommended to the same clinic. He also has perfect vision today. All satisfied.

Best of luck to you.

Mikael
 
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hi everyone new here :D

I couldn't recommend laser eye surgery enough. probably one of the most life changing things i ever did. gave me confidence which in turn inspired me to work out and get fit, totally changed my life. now i get the girls, kill the baddies and save the entire planet! lol.... 2 years later still got 20/20 vision!

was petrified about the op but honest there's nothing to worry about, it's slightly uncomfortable but definitely painless and definitely worth every single penny, took all of 5 minutes............ do it you won't regret it.

edit: by the way i researched for about a year before i chose who to have it with using this forum : http://www.lasik-eyes.co.uk/ very helpful and unbiased reviews.

in the end I opted for lasik including wavefront with Optimax at the Bristol surgery UK ;)
 
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Thanks for the replies.
So far I have only heard good things about lasik.
My physics teacher had it done too and recommended it.
I will definitely go for wavefront and intralase.

Should probably avoid the cheap centers though.
Like the "1 eye $500 2nd eye free" rofl
 

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Thanks for the replies.
So far I have only heard good things about lasik.
My physics teacher had it done too and recommended it.
Check out LASEK aswell. Just so you make a fully aware and decisive choice! (LASEK and LASIK differs, as posted in earlier post in this thread)
 

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Cool, thanks for the info.
Didn't realize there was a difference lol
I guess I would have to ask my doctor/surgeon which one is best for me.
 

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Tabish,

Word of advice, you should go to different centres using competing techonologies... e.g. Intralase vs non-Intralase and then speak to the respective surgeons's and get their opinion about their competitor's technology so you'll have a balanced view of things.

ohh btw don't drive to the centre on the day of operation :)
 

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"ohh btw don't drive to the centre on the day of operation"
rofl

edit: i mean lol at the idea of asking for info on the operation day haha
 
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I have heard of both success and failure with that surgery i need it too
will i get it HELL No the only laser hitting my eyes are mine from accidental reflections lol
 
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Tabish,

Word of advice, you should go to different centres using competing techonologies... e.g. Intralase vs non-Intralase and then speak to the respective surgeons's and get their opinion about their competitor's technology so you'll have a balanced view of things.

ohh btw don't drive to the centre on the day of operation :)
very good advice, that's exactly what i did. after ummming and arrring for 10 years on whether or not to take the plunge I was most certainly gonna make sure I had the best. the forum (link in my earlier post) gives you a breakdown of all the competitors technologies and the latest and greatest lasers available. gives details of every surgeon, the number of ops they've done and their reputations.

if your gonna do it, do it right ;)
 
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I had Lasik done ten years ago (the traditional surgery where they cut the flap with a blade, laser the cornea and put the flap back down) and I can still see 20/15 today. I don't regret doing it at all - personally, it was the best $3K I ever spent in my whole life.

The only thing is that I do get some "starring" around bright lights at night, like when driving, but they are no worse then the reflections and other distortions I got from contacts and glasses at night. That's more than a fair trade off from having to deal with glasses and contact lenses every day. I'd spend about $400 or more each year on contacts, solutions and glasses when I needed knew ones so the surgery has more than paid for itself.

One thing about the possibility of bad results - I was an ideal patient for Lasik because I had moderate near-sightedness. They are still better at being able to correct near-sightedness than far-sightedness (because the eye is almost flat /w/ farsighted, and there's a lot less material for the laser to be able to shave off), so you are more likely to have excellent results if you are mild to moderate near-sighted. That's not to say the other problems can't be corrected, they are just harder to do and you will have to make extra effort then to be sure you find an excellent doctor.
 

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Pay more if you can - at least 2k. Mine was 4k. "You get what you pay for" comes to mind.
 




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