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anybody had LASIK?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Snaps, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    I've got it scheduled for end of October and something she said today just kinda hit me.

    Talking about drops, you have to use the special kind for a month or so then you can switch to the other kind...

    Question is how long do you have to use drops? If it's a rest of your life thing I don't see much benefit from relying on contacts to relying on special drops so I'm hoping it's just short term.
     
  2. BobRicks

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    Had it done in 2001. I had to put medication drops in for about a week if I recall. Had to put artificial tears drops in for a couple of months, then as needed. Wold not hesitate to have it done again if I needed to. Probably the best $3200 I have ever spent.
     
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  3. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    I'm actualy having it done for free, thanks to the wounded warrior project. I just read somebody talking about he started seeing 3 of everyhting in his R eye about 7years after.
     
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    Yes sir.
    In January 2000 by Dr. Manus Kraff in Chicago.
    I hade both eyes done at the same time. Went from 20 / 1800 (which is minus 6.5) to 20 / 20 and 20 /25.
    Take the Valium to relax and never look back.
    Get the best guy with the best longest history you can find. This is about per-op and post-op. This is not something to do on the cheap.
    Proceedures have gotten even better since then.
    Best thing I ever did.

    I had to use antibiotic drops for about a week and artificial tears for additional lubrication for about a month. No pain, just felt like a little grit in my eyes for the first few weeks.
     
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  5. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    One of the guys from work went to this place, I guess they're a pretty big national chain. I'm a bit nervous about it all but I'd love to get rid of contact lenses.
     
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    I had refractive keratectomy done back in the day. I used a medicated drop for a couple of weeks and used the refresh tears to keep my eyes lubricated for about a month. It is short term, just while your eye is healing.
     
  7. Fuerte

    Fuerte Cigar?

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    I had LASIK in early 2007. Unfortunately, my vision has deteriorated slightly over the last two years. I have not had an exam for a while, but I am getting to the point where I either need to get glasses or have the LASIK procedure again. Still worth it in my opinion....
     
  8. sierrafast

    sierrafast Coleccionista

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    Best $3800 I ahve spent. Make sure you take valium 1hr before the procedure.
     
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    Had it done 2 yrs ago. Best thing ever. I paid about 2k per eye and worth every penny. Pre op and post op care was top notch, comparing stories to the next top provider. The drops lasted 3-4 weeks, no big deal as long as you stick to the schedule.
     
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    Mrs.Cicero Wayward Member

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    PRK two and a half years ago. Had the medicated drops for a week, then used the lube drops for about 6 months. Keep in mind, I have nasty allergies and have eyedrops for them... that tend to dry out the eye... so I still need the lube drops occasionally (once a week or so) to counteract that. Still loving being able to shoot without glasses...
     
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    Pretty much sums it up...except for the fact that I needed two Valium. I am kinda skittish when someone pokes me in the eye. It is the best money I have ever spent.
     
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    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Yep had intralace (sp) couple yrs back. As said eye drops. The amount of time depends on many factors. IIRC it was two types of drops. A antibiotic like every 4 hrs (while awake) but it only lasted 5 days? Then other drops at night.
    It was short time for results. I had cataract one eye (reason I had it done) Then lasik for other to equal things out.
    Then again now I have MANY pairs of glasses. (incuding some $10 cheater reading glasses) for fine print. But many safety/impact/sunglasses. (norm is two in each car/pickup.)
     
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    Had it done 11 years ago and had my eyes rechecked for a physical a couple months ago and my vision is still 20/10. Best money I ever spent, take the Valium, and only took the eye drops for like a couple weeks but had to wear goggles when I slept for like a few weeks. But overall no biggie at all.
     
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    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    I had LASIK done in 1997. It was an easy $3500, if not more, been a long time.
    I had horrid vision.... got me to 20/25 or maybe 20/30. Not quite perfect, but I didn't need glasses or anything for 11 years.
    Started wearing glasses again in 2008, mostly for distant vision. don't need anything for close up work. Can even do okay walking around, but wear the glasses as I like things to be sharp.

    Still very happy. I wore contacts for 12 years and got to wear I couldn't wear them anymore, even now my vision is pretty decent, I can certainly get by with nothing in an emergency which I couldn't do before LASIK.

    Drops are a temporary thing, I almost never use them now.
     
  15. DairyFresh

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    The drops are negligible in the bigger scheme of things.


    Two things I'll add to the conversation:
    The procedure feels exactly like I imagine an alien abduction with eye experiments would be like.


    Prepare to smell your own eyeball burning.

    While there was next to no pain involved, I still left finger marks on that chair....
     
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    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

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    i put drops in maybe 3 or 4 days, not long, heal real fast, best thing i ever did, lasik rules.
     
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    I had Lasik five years ago, loved it until my astigmatism came back. Don't know if I'll have a tuneup.
     
  18. GlockJohn

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    I had it 3 years ago. I have some stars around lights with noght driving but it is better than what I had before. I went from 20/400 to 20/15.

    I used 2 types of medicated drops 1 for a week and 1 for a month. Along with liberal amounts of artificial tears. I used to tears from about a year after as needed. sometimes Id go days without using the tears. The big difference I noticed was my water intake. The more you are hydrated the less likely you need the drops. The regular hydration helps maintain a more regular intraoccular pressure shich will help with normal eye function like focusing.


    Best money I ever spent and I would do it again. I already made my money back by not having to buy glasses/contacts and all of the cleaning supplies. To be honest, I would have payed double.

    Dont worry about feeling nervous. I was terrified. I actualy almost backed out of it as I walked intot the room. but it was over in 10 minutes. Only thing I really hated about. Was keeping my eys closed for the rest of the day. Maybe ask for some ambien to keep you asleep during the first day. The drive to the Dr's office the next morning for my check up-was amazing. I was reading gas price signs from so far away. I was so happy right away. I hope you have the same results. Good luck.

    PS. Thank you for your service. And I am glad you are able to use the wounded warrior project to fund this procedure
     
  19. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    About 5 years ago. Around $2800 with life-time tune-ups.

    Best money I ever spent.
     
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    fireguy129 NRA Member 2008

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    My experience mirrors everyone else. Had it in 2000, still doing good. Medicated drops for about a week, tears for maybe a month. Other than that, no problems. Do it, you won't regret it.