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Re: LASIK eye surgery
Spenser23 #152556 08/12/09 04:25 PM
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Not Costco size I hope!!!


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
NWbrooktrout #152557 08/12/09 04:28 PM
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Well, it is cheaper to buy it in bulk. smile





Re: LASIK eye surgery
Spenser23 #152561 08/12/09 04:46 PM
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I look for the buy 2 get one free deals!!!!!


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
Spenser23 #152562 08/12/09 04:49 PM
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Very interesting discussion. I was tempted, because my vision is really bad, but chose not to pursue the surgery because my eye doctor did not think it was a good idea, even though I have never had iritis. Contacts? No thank you. I have severe dry eye.

But one more thing. I also know what it is like to be blind -- really blind -- due to a chemical burn to both of my eyes in a freak accident when I was young. Several layers of tissue on both eyeballs got burned, so I was left really unable to see anything for long time and in fact was given only a 50-50 chance of being able to see again. (Fortunately, I recovered, but have had to wear glasses since). Anyway, at that time of experiencing actual blindness, I really woke up to how important your eyes truly are. More than any other of our senses, we rely on our vision. Definitely more than hearing, though I don't want to part with that either. So I determined that I would protect my eyes no matter what from that time on. And as a voracious reader whose job actually depends on reading thousands of Chinese characters that took too many years to learn, I am not about to screw around with my vision again. Spenser has a good point -- there is an increased risk to all of us in general -- it is a gamble and I trust most will have no problems. I could not take that risk anymore.

By the way, it never dawned on me to have Lasik done for cosmetic reasons -- it was not because I felt I look worse in glasses, but I because I wanted to be able to see more clearly during all those times when the glasses came off. ; D


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
Mark D #152618 08/13/09 02:00 AM
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Mark, I only had one time I took my glasses off, too, and it wasn't in the shower either!!!

Elective eye surgery is certainly a personal decision, whether or not complicating factors are present.

I want to mention again, for those with the dry eyes - ask your eye doctor about punctal plugs!! They are little silicone dots that block the lower tear ducts so your tears drain more slowly. It's made a HUGE difference for me! After 3 years they spontaneously fell out and I could TOTALLY tell. This is non invasive and totally reversible if you don't like it, and really can't be all that expensive in the grand scheme of things. I used about 4x as many eye drops when the plugs were out!


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
CB in CA #152760 08/14/09 07:27 PM
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Just to chime in....I have yet to find an eye doctor who is willing to do lasik on my because of my AS.....not sure it's such a great idea anyway with our condition. I'll just stick with my glasses!


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
pennie2001 #152832 08/16/09 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted By: pennie2001
......... I'll just stick with my glasses!


me too, Four Eyes, that's me laugh

Re: LASIK eye surgery
aslee9 #154519 09/04/09 02:44 AM
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pre-Lasik my vision was so bad i could not see the big E on the eye chart...so no, wearing glasses or wearing contacts (where each time I did i would get iritis, even with a brand new/fresh pair of lenses) was not good enough for me. my dr was well aware of my existing conditions and had me on a variety of pre-meds before the surgery.

as with any invasive procedure, it's a personal choice where you must weigh all the risks.


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
auntiecole #154520 09/04/09 02:46 AM
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btw...had my lasik done at mann eye center in medical center of houston...dr mann was a pioneer in lasik along with his partner dr berkley (used to be mann berkley before they split)...nothing but good things to say


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Re: LASIK eye surgery
auntiecole #165239 01/15/10 08:41 PM
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***UPDATE*** I just wanted to let everyone know that I had the LASIK surgery in December after talking with my Rheumy and the eye surgeon.

I now have perfect vision and I am so happy that I went through with it.

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