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P.S. Within next few day I am going for a small vacation, compliments to LASIK results :)
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.
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
you mean you open your eyes and SEE?
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....
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.
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.