| 9:14 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Gettin' mine done in a few weeks. I can't wait!
| 9:23 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I've been debating for a while if I should do it. The more success stories I read, the better :)
| 12:04 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence report published on December 15, has concluded: "There are concerns about the procedure's safety in the long term"
The Medical Defence Union, Britain's largest insurer for doctors has reported a doubling in the number of claims against clinics offering laser eye surgery since 1998.
There is also evidence that many clinics have made overblown claims leading to exaggerated expectations and disappointment.
Last year the American Journal of Ophthalmology said the failure rate for eye surgery was one in 10, not the one in 1,000 figure widely advertised.
| 12:06 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Dont mean to rain on your parade, and yes I have had the proceedure done, but the above was extracted from a Times (of London) report which was in the newspaper on Sunday.
I had to have one eye re-done due to a poor result first time round.
| 1:42 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
glad to hear it went so well for you, NeedScripts!
I've been contemplating LASIK - I can't image not fumbling for the glasses in the a.m. and running for the contact lenses at first opportunity - you mean you open your eyes and SEE?
| 3:39 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
*sigh* If only my insurance would pay for it....
| 5:01 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Before getting my lasik done I did lot of research and did found that there have been some patients with negative results and many with great results. However when I tried to do more detailed research I concluded that most people who have had problems during or after lasik were the people who were looking for the cheapest option for getting LASIK (many actually got it done on the back of van and many only paid like US$ 300/eye).
I personally believe if you are looking for a surgen, one should not try to cut corners or look for a cheapest one, instead find the one that is best.
I got LASIK done at TLC Vision, which is expected to be the best place in the world (from what I have learned), even Tiger Wood (Golf Player) got his LASIK done via TLC. The doctor who performed surgery has performed over 12,500 surgeries and is considered one of the best.
The actual procedure took about 4 minutes in total for both eyes, and TLC center also provides 24/7 doctor hotline, which I actually had to use to yesterday night about 12:05 am and was able to talk with *my* TLC doctor in less than 10 minutes and doctor (doc was at home, cuz I think I heard kids sound in the background) was prepeared for my TLC in the middle of night if required.
LASIK is in a way simple, but still complex procedure, and some times complications can arise which a good doctor and easily handle. TLC has never had a single case where a person has lost their eye sight and from what I have studided, their success rates is better than anyone else in the country/world.
TLC provides great service and have top of the line doctors, however the only catch is the $$$$$. Their standard LASIK is US$ 3500.00 and custom LASIK is US$ 4500.00. I got custom LASIK done cuz I felt it would be best for me and I did paid out of my pocket for it. However based on my 2 and half days of experience of living life without contats/glasses, I personally think US$ 45,000.00 was a steal.
|I've been contemplating LASIK |
I got custom LASIK done and would highly recommend it to you if you doctors says you are a good candidate. It has only been 2 days, but I do not have words to describe how happy I am cuz of this. Also, remember it is normal to have all the fears and crazy thoughts, but if you were to based on decision on the output, then I am pretty sure you will get LASIK done.
|you mean you open your eyes and SEE? |
YUP.. but there are few more things
1) No need to worry about going to sleep with contact lenses on
2) Easy to watch movies from bed, as now glasses don't bother while I turn sides
3) On vacations no need to worry about packing for glasses or contacts or having the fear of any kind.
4) Camping,can now me more fun
5) Swimming is going to be more blast
6) I love ocean and now it is going to be more enjoyable
7) ....... lol I can keep on going on
|*sigh* If only my insurance would pay for it.... |
I know how you feel, but I personally think if you can then, it is well worth it. Also, if I am not wrong, you can also get 0% financing upto 12, 24 or 36 months or something, and not to mention, you can also pay via credit card.
Trust me, it is worth it and I know I would recommend LASIK to my sister and so I would also recommend it to you too.
| 5:29 am on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I don't think there are any medical procedures that are 100% safe and effective. As with anything, there is some risk, but Lasik is considered very safe, and complications are few and far between as long as you use a good doctor. This is not the time to try to save money. Get referrerals and if you can't afford to have it done right, don't do it.
My Mom had two eye surgeries about 20 years ago where the eye was actually cut with scalpels. It improved her vision somewhat, but she was still considered legally blind without her glasses. She would not drive at night, and didn't even feel that comfortable driving during the day.
Amazingly, she was still able to have the lasik procedure even though her eyes had lots of scar tissue. This was about 4 years ago. Today she has nearly 20/20 vision and her night vision has improved dramatically.
| 1:19 pm on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I'm a lawyer in the legal referral business and I do see quite a few potential claims for failed treatments. Its a proceedure that requires spot on specialists and also spot on equipment. If you get past the first stage ie the treatment and healing, who knows what will happen to you ten or twenty years down the line.
I personally found the first two days extremely painful but others I know were OK. If you want horror stories have a look at a UK site called 'lasermyeye'. The lady who runs the site had a dreadful time with massive sight deterioration.
| 10:11 pm on Dec 18, 2004 (gmt 0)|
|I personally found the first two days extremely painful but others I know were OK |
I tend to disagree, as I did not felt even little pain or discomfort before, during or after the procedure.
If you are talking about pain, I assume you are talking about old procedure that is called PRK, which is very much painful and can take long time for eyes to heal.
| 2:03 am on Dec 20, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Yes it was PRK, but I did a lot of reseach at the time and PRK gave more reliable results. I'm now +.25 and +.50 so I was quite happy with the final result however I am now considerably more sensitive to light than I was before and wear sunglasses even on dull days if there is a lot of glare. Its not all plain sailing and there are a lot of litigants out there right now who cannot just be ignored.
| 9:49 pm on Dec 27, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Below is a 'copy & paste' from a form received today.
"sight poor, discomfort in eyes, not improving, reaction to any light becoming worse as the weeks go by now having to wear dark glasses virtually all the time"
| 3:32 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)|
The thread started off with NeedScripts proclaiming his satisfaction with his surgery. It has evolved into cites without links and anecdotal evidence.
I'm not sure what else can be added that hasn't already been said.