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Going for LASIK consult- UPDATE!

post #1 of 33
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I'm so excited. I've been wanting to have LASIK done for several years (maybe 15 or more- ever since I've heard about laser correction). I've finally made an appt for a consult and will possibly get to have it done!! YAY.

Any words of wisdom or stories would be great.

Update post 10!
post #2 of 33
Hey I'm a Michelle in Mesa, AZ too

My sister had it done and is thrilled with the results. My dad, who is a surgeon also had it done. He's had to have a few tweeks here and there but overall he's pleased. I'm way too chicken to do it. Good luck!
post #3 of 33
I had it done and love the result. Surgery was a blast (seriously) adn healing was easy.

The drive home took way longer than expected and was during a heat wave, so my eyes were pretty irritated for a few hours. They get that way any though when the freeze wears off, but most peole take the drugs offered so they sleep after. I didn't take the drugs and jst lay in bed trying not to touch lol. After that I only felt mild irritation before bed and when i woke up in the morning.

Buy the really good eye drops and the single serve with out additives just in case you react the the lesser brands or the bottle that has preservative in it. I was sensitive to all that stuff.

There are homeopathic rememdies for surgery (staph something?).
Books on tape to listen to are a good idea for the first 24-48 hrs when you are not supposed to read or watch tv.

Sorry this is so scattered and random.

Best of luck it is a great decision!
post #4 of 33
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Well, I have to wear my glasses, not contacts for at least a week before the consult. Not sure how long after that I'd be able to schedule the actual procedure. I'll let you know what I decide.
post #5 of 33
I had it done last November. My vision is 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye. I can have it tweaked but haven't gotten the nerve yet. My vision was pretty bad to begin with, like -.525 in one eye and close to that in the other. I had custom vue or something like that because I have large pupils. It was amazing to be able to get out of the shower and be able to see the bathroom, and able to see the clock in the middle of the night. I didn't get dry eyes (sometimes a side effect) and I didn't get haloing (which they also said is common). I have been very pleased with it overall.
Kathy
post #6 of 33
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I think clock in the middle of the night is most exciting to me. I'm -1.5 and -3.5 or something like that, so not too bad, but not great, either. Some astigmatism.
post #7 of 33
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I went- consult went fine. I think I'm going to do it. It's a LOT of money for us, but I think I'm going to make it happen. I can go in as soon as next Fri, 2/1. WOO-HOO!
post #8 of 33
Thats great! are you going in that early?
It is totally worth the money and you will never regret a single penny.
post #9 of 33
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I have to check my schedule at school and see if I can get the day off, but I think I will take an appt on that day. (She said they're not getting too many takers on that day b/c it's superbowl weekend and offered me a $100 discount/eye if I took that day. Not a huge discount, but every bit helps.)
post #10 of 33
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I had it done yesterday, 2/1. I was there about 2 1/2 hrs, total- the actual surgery took less that 15 minutes for both eyes. I was very sore-feeling gritty last night- slept a LOT. This morning, had a follow up appt at 7:30 am and could read the 20/20 line! It's still a bit hazy, but that will improve. My right eye is completely red- the suction cup thingy didn't stick the first time, so they had to do it again- that was the worst part of the whole thing.

I'm so very, very excited! YAY!!!
post #11 of 33
Wow! You did it! I'm so happy for you I'm still a big baby and don't think I could do it but I'm so glad for you!
post #12 of 33
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It wasn't bad at all- lots of meds before to make you super comfy (they gave me valium, demoral, and phenergan- I didn't think it helped at the time, but looking back, I think it made me not freak out about having my eye held open and people put things in it. After, when I was home resting, it felt like I had sand in my eyes, but when I woke up 4 hrs later, that was MUCH better- and this morning, it's almost non-existent. Basically, feels like i have dirty or dry contacts in every now and then.

I keep up on my drops and I'm doing fine.
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by shelbean91 View Post
It wasn't bad at all- lots of meds before to make you super comfy (they gave me valium, demoral, and phenergan- I didn't think it helped at the time, but looking back, I think it made me not freak out about having my eye held open and people put things in it. After, when I was home resting, it felt like I had sand in my eyes, but when I woke up 4 hrs later, that was MUCH better- and this morning, it's almost non-existent. Basically, feels like i have dirty or dry contacts in every now and then.

I keep up on my drops and I'm doing fine.

Congrats! that was quick.
So are you loving it?
no more foggy glasses. you can swim AND see!. you can wake up and see. you can wear sunglasses and look cool. no more worrying about loosing glases, cleaning glasses, breaking glasses. What a stress reliever having good vision again is.
post #14 of 33
Oh, I really, really, really want this done. Some day! Thanks for the update, I was wondering!
post #15 of 33
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Yep, really fast- 8 days from consult to surgery. I threw out my contacts today (can return the unopened ones, thankfully) but I keep reaching for my glasses out of habit. I haven't actually put them on, just keep reaching for them- when getting out of bed and the shower.

I am TOTALLY loving it. Not loving the follow up drops (antibiotics, and anti inflammatory) but it's only for a week. Honestly, I don't remember not having something to correct my vision. I got glasses the first time in 4th grade and have had them ever since.
post #16 of 33
Can I jump in here and ask a few questions? I have my consult next week I am so excited.

"valium, demoral, and phenergan”
Did you have to ask for the meds or do they just give them to you? I am assuming the valium was for nerves, demoral for pain. But phergan is for nausea right? Where you feeling nauseous or is that expected?

I have some issues with Closter phobia which manifest in some odd ways. Such as things on or in my body wig me out sometimes rings, contacts etc. Eye exams are an excersize in self control to stay in the seat with the big contraption in my face. Was it difficult to stay calm while it was happening?

Is the after care mainly eyedrops? Are you required to rest a certain amount?

I'm so glad it went well for you!! I am living on success stories the last few days.
post #17 of 33
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valium for nerves, demoral for pain/nerves, phenergan is anti-nausea, but when i had it after my csection (got very pukey from the morphine spinal wearing off) it made me really sleepy/relaxed. I didn't ask for the meds, they just gave them to me. I suppose I could have refused, but I figure every bit helps, right?

At the time, I didn't feel that the drugs were working, didn't ever feel loopy or anything like that, but looking back, I was REALLY calm while people were messing with my face/eyes. When you lay under the lasers, you really can't see much and your whole body, except your face is in the open.

After care is eye drops 4x/day for a week, wear goggles while sleeping or napping for several days, take care to not bump or rub your eyes. Sleep as much as possible right after having it done (or at least rest with your eyes closed).

The actual lasik procedure itself is very, very fast. It took about 45 seconds per eye to make the flap and about 30 seconds per eye to do the laser. Super, super fast. Waiting before was so much longer.
post #18 of 33
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Sleep as much as possible right after having it done (or at least rest with your eyes closed).
Ha ha that part alone makes it sound completely worth it to me!

I have pretty bad vision (-3.50) and am considering having this done but I have heard something about not having any more babies afterward or you might have to have it done again? I know a lot of women who have trouble wearing contacts during pregnancy, so it obviously affects your eyes in some way. Did they tell you this? Or maybe that was an older form of the surgery?
post #19 of 33
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Originally Posted by shelbean91 View Post
valium for nerves, demoral for pain/nerves, phenergan is anti-nausea, but when i had it after my csection (got very pukey from the morphine spinal wearing off) it made me really sleepy/relaxed. I didn't ask for the meds, they just gave them to me. I suppose I could have refused, but I figure every bit helps, right?

The actual lasik procedure itself is very, very fast. It took about 45 seconds per eye to make the flap and about 30 seconds per eye to do the laser. Super, super fast. Waiting before was so much longer.
Oh I definately plan on taking the drugs I was just wondering why the phenergan but if it makes you relaxed that makes sense. I'm not a big fan of hard core drugs but am afriad I would go crazy during lasik without them. That is so good to know it was so fast. If I wasn't so desperate to get rid of my glasses I would never do it.
post #20 of 33
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Ha ha that part alone makes it sound completely worth it to me!

I have pretty bad vision (-3.50) and am considering having this done but I have heard something about not having any more babies afterward or you might have to have it done again? I know a lot of women who have trouble wearing contacts during pregnancy, so it obviously affects your eyes in some way. Did they tell you this? Or maybe that was an older form of the surgery?

I have done some research as we are not done having kids and I am nursing my 20 mo old. I think it depends on if you are one of those women that change during pg. I never have changed my scrip in 8+ yrs of pg and bf so I am confident that aspect isn't much of a worry for me. If it did change I would wait til I was done.
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