Well now a days I spend about 8 to 10 hours a day in front of monitor, however there was a time in my life when I use to spend 8 to 10 hours a day playing video games ..... and I got a well deserved reward/punishment of having to wear contact lenses (3.25)..
Lately I have been considering of getting rid of this punishment and am thinking of going through Lasik procedure. However am also afraid of the risks that my crazy thoughts have had introduced to me.
So I was wondering if anyone over here had been through the Lasik procedure, or have known any Lasik patient personally? if so, any guidence or help would be very much appreciated.
My wife had it done. She was about 3.5 in one eye and 4.5 in the other plus she had astigmatisms of about 4 in both eyes. She wore very powerfull glasses! A normal sighted person could hardley see anything through them.
Anyway. The results were mixed. One eye went to 0.25 and the other to .75. This was good enough to pass the driving test witout glasses. She has never worn glasses since. That was 3 years ago. The "bad" eye has actually improved since then but she has not measured it. Overall, we are really happy with the result.
Chose a good surgeon. We had it done by the leading specialist in this country. The op cost us 4600 Australian dollars (I beleive this is the cheapest in the world). This is not the time to save money, I dont care how much it costs, these are you eyes. Expert after care is also a must. They give you drops for antibiotics and assist recovery, follow the timetable for these carefully. In fact follow all their instructions, this will give you the best posible outcome.
Here is the warning. You are not garunteed perfect sight when you do this operation. You are not even garunteed the sight you had before the operation. They warn you that your corrected (with glasses) sight my be better before the operation than what you acheive afterwards. This is the risk. There have been only 2 cases where total blindness occured and they wont happen to you. One of them was when the guy took the machine home and did the op on his son. He assembled the machine wrong!
If you have more questions then I'll be glad to try to answer.
I had it done two and a half years ago and it's a miracle. My father and several friends have also had it done - all without complication.
I'd say the biggest key is making sure you are comfortable with your surgeon ... there are a lot of people doing the surgery these days - don't go with the cheapest/lowest bidder. Find out who the other doctors in town to go to to have it done, and then go to that guy. ;)
My wife had this surgery done 6 months ago. She had about 20/120 vision and was essentially blind without her glasses since early childhood.
It was a miracle come true. Her vision is now better than 20/20. 40+ years of fumbling around in the early morning hand outstretched feeling the top of the nightstand searching for her glasses now replaced by glorious rays of sunshine with no more effort than opening her eyelids. She cries in unbelievable joy.
Good topic. I actually suffer from the same thing - too many video games and hours a day on the computer have ruined my eyes. I have had contact lenses for about 5 years now and I am sick of them.
However, I asked my optometrist about the procedure and he will not let me get the surgery right now as my prescription is still changing every few months. My eyes are getting worse and there is nothing they can do. =(
Anyway, you should go ASK your optometrist to check you out first to see if you would be able to receive the treatment before you get excited. My two cents!