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Posted: 11/14/2003 12:14:31 PM EDT
i went from 20/100 to20/25 in 1 day my eyes hurt real bad I will keep everyone posted.
FREE
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:15:58 PM EDT
Have there been any unusual side-effects from the surgery?
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:24:54 PM EDT
That's just cruel, Merrell.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:30:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
That's just cruel, Merrell.





That's low.....

Let us know how it goes, FF! I'm interested in getting it myself! Believe me, I'm FAR worse than 20/100!
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:31:12 PM EDT
I don't think your surgery is going to make your avatar pic look any clearer.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:37:00 PM EDT
Good one merrel.

Keep us posted on how your eyes are. I've been thinking of getting laser eye surgery someday.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:58:10 PM EDT
20/100 to 20/25 in ONE DAY??! That's what my vision is.

Keep up informed! I'm real interested on the aftereffects of this surgery.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 1:04:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/15/2003 7:51:14 AM EDT by AR15]
I too am about to get surgery, fill us in!
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 1:12:06 PM EDT
I have wanted to get my eyes done for a long time. PLEASE keep us updated. And best of luck to you!
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:12:15 AM EDT
This is Ms Freefall. Just wanted to let you know he is doing good. He's having some pain in the right eye since his contact came out, but overall he's doing really good. He just can't look at the computer, it makes his eyes hurt. So I'm keeping him in the bed. Thanks for the well wishes.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:16:33 AM EDT
Can he see this?


Heh. Sorry. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. A good pal of mine had it done about 18 months ago, and for sure, the first 3-4 days were the toughest on him. He was very sensitive to light, but within about 10 days he was pretty much back to normal.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:44:16 AM EDT
You came all the way out to the Peoples Republik for laser surgery? Dude, our laws restrict laser output to 3 nano-watts unless you can find a doctor with a registered pre-ban laser, and then they are still restricted to ten pulses per minute. Also, only the pre-bans can have pistol grips, and you know how shaky the pencil grip is.

Good luck on your recovery, it will all be worth it.

CW
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:53:48 AM EDT
Two more weeks of glasses for me!
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:57:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/15/2003 8:01:20 AM EDT by Alacrity]
Had it done, my sight was worse. Hurt like hell, was worth every minute of the pain. Visual acuity is better than before with contacts. Good luck mate, you'll not regret it.

So you know, took a number of weeks until my vision reached its peak.

Luck
Alac
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:59:48 AM EDT
It will take several weeks for the lines to heal over, but after that-- much better vision than just after the surgery.

I had Laser PRK too-- good choice.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 8:12:10 AM EDT
I have a hair better than 20/15 with contacts. I am considering laser or ENTACs when I get older and my eyes settle down.

Kinda amazing what a person can see with good vision. With a 4 power scope, I can see subsonic 22 bullets from 15 yards all the way past 80 yards when I shoot. If someone had told me that they could see that a few years ago when I wore glasses (a little better than 20/20), I would have thought that they were BSing me.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 8:15:43 AM EDT
The wife had it done about 13 months ago. She is very happy with the results.

Good luck!

Link Posted: 11/15/2003 12:12:49 PM EDT
I got LASIK done.. My old vision was 20/900 and now I have 20/15 in both eyes.. Day after the surgery I drove to the eye doctor for the day after appointment. 5 minutes after my surgery I could read the time on the wallclock from 25 feet away. I LOVE IT.. best damn 3900 dollars I ever spent.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 12:26:16 PM EDT
I really really want to get this done at some point. Seeing my alarm clock in the morning would be the best part.

You guys talking about how you had it done, what about your shooting afterward? Irons, scopes, and red dots?
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 12:30:29 PM EDT
I would have it done also but I'm 20/15 collectively but my left eye is a bit weaker at 20/20. Eye guy says I have superb vision

Seriously I am trying ti get my wife to lok into this so keep us posted!

Good luck!
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 12:36:13 PM EDT
Will be getting it done on Jan 5th. Lasik+Wavefront for 3900 buck for both eyes. Wish insurance would pick it up, but at least there's flex spending.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 1:14:44 PM EDT
I've been thinking about getting this done as well. I can get it done for free at the Air Force Academy. All it would cost me is travel from Utah and back and a room at billeting.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 1:22:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/15/2003 1:24:08 PM EDT by Energizer]

Originally Posted By rodeomucker:
Will be getting it done on Jan 5th. Lasik+Wavefront for 3900 buck for both eyes. Wish insurance would pick it up, but at least there's flex spending.



There are differences with Laser PRK. Look into Laser PRK too...
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 8:06:00 PM EDT
Do any of the procedures not involve cutting of the eye surface? I don't think I could allow anyone to touch my eye.

Thanks

Mike
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 8:23:46 PM EDT
Now a days, all of the Lasik surgeries involve cutting the eye cover and flipping it back. Then they do a "Death Star" on your retina and flip back the eye cover and let it heal. My surgery took a whooping 15 minutes. My Custom Lasik was $4200 and was the best $4200 I ever spent. I had it done 3 months ago and wish I had it done years ago.

All I have to say is find a good doctor who does a ton of them and has a proven track record. I went to a place that did about 6 a day and had all of the latest equipment and training.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 8:26:01 PM EDT
How old would you have to be before the surgery would be worthwhile?

18? 20's?
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 7:58:59 AM EDT
21 minumum I think. I would have gotten PRK as there is no flap but with vision as bad as mine it wouldn't have worked very well. PRK is for people with not THAT bad of vision. LASIK is for people like me that had 20/900 and were legally blind without glasses or contacts.
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 10:58:36 AM EDT
I had to do PRK due to pupil size. You know what they say - big pupils...

Luck
Alac
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 11:04:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 11:09:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FREEFALLE6:
This is Ms Freefall. Just wanted to let you know he is doing good. He's having some pain in the right eye since his contact came out, but overall he's doing really good. He just can't look at the computer, it makes his eyes hurt. So I'm keeping him in the bed. Thanks for the well wishes.




Poor bastage!!!


(he prolly did it on purpose!! )
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 11:15:55 AM EDT
I'am going to have the procedure done this spring(Still debating between PRK and LASIK)I Hope getting eye surgery isn't a problem with the Army.

Link Posted: 11/16/2003 11:25:16 AM EDT
As long as you have it done before you're in, you're home free.

Did I just read that correctly? LASIK is for those with REALLY bad vision?
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 12:06:23 PM EDT
Hmmm my recruiter said that getting it done before you go in is a hassle because all of the paperwork/waivers that need to be finished.

He said once you're in it's nothing to get it done, just like a normal check-up.

I also plan to have this done later on.
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 12:51:01 PM EDT
I had LASIK done nearly three years ago.
I was something like 20/500, but I just took my first driver's license renewal vision test since the surgery.

I read EVERY LINE perfectly. My eyes are still 20/15 and I'm now 38 years old.

I do notice that I have trouble changing from close in reading to long distance focusing, especially in dim lighting. But it was worth it, considering my previous condition. Ironically, a buddy called my vision center to check about pricing, and it's nearly $1000 MORE than it was three years ago (WTF?).
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 1:46:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2003 1:47:29 AM EDT by Phoenix5]
I had LASIK done a year ago this December. It takes about a year for your eyes to fully heal.
My doc gave me a list of do's & dont's after surgery (No .50 cal shooting for 6 months due to the potential pressure on the eyeballs)
The only lingering effects I experience is dry eye, this is getting better with time. When the cornea is cut, the nerves in the corneal tissue that activate the tear ducts are severed and it just takes time for the nerves to heal. All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend the procedure.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 4:37:06 AM EDT
The military is a little less willing to do LASIK, they will do PRK on about anyone, but there is a pretty good wait depending on your MOS/Billet. They are still considering to start doing LASIK, but are concerned that the flap never completely heals and may prove open in the future, this is a very remote chance but a chance none the less.

Th big problem with PRK is the amount of time it takes to fully heal, it took me 6 weeks till I could see very well. There was a second procedure for those with really bad vision got when I was getting my PRK done, LASEK. It is exactly like PRK, but they made a cover out of your top layer the skin on your eye that they moved back over after the lasing. But unlike LASIK, that flap eventually sluffs off.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 6:09:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sigifrith:
Do any of the procedures not involve cutting of the eye surface? I don't think I could allow anyone to touch my eye.



No cutting? Not a problem. No touching? Fat chance. In PRK, the epithelium is scraped off, the treatment is performed, and a bandage contact lens is placed on the cornea for about three days while it re-epithelializes (and hurts like a bitch ). LASIK makes use of a tool called a microkeratome that creates a very thin, hinged flap of corneal tissue that is folded back down after the laser treatment is performed. It's virtually painless. Some people don't have a choice because their orbits are too recessed to reach the cornea with the microkeratome, so LASIK is out. The flap adheres pretty well and the chances of displacing it are extremely small. It's a personal choice. Your doctor would probably give you Valium or something similar, so you'd be half out-of-it anyways.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 6:15:39 AM EDT
Some guys will do anything to not have to be escorted by a seeing eye cat!

good luck.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 7:19:46 AM EDT
Free,
Keep us updated on your progress.

I am planning on having LASIK in January and have been looking into it for years.
My dad had PRK surgery done about 15 yrs. ago and my Dr. said I should wait.

I am 37 now and my wife has a Medical Spending Acct. through work so I will be able to have it done and the money will be reimbursed pre-tax.

It will be $3000.00 for both eyes.

Does your local Dr. have a video that shows the procedure being done?

Mine does and they also have a "Live LASIK procedure" seminar twice a year to let people watch someone have the procedure done!

They also put every eligible persons name in a bucket and draw out a name and that person wins a LASIK procedure!

I didn't win the procedure and it was very informative to see and hear the Dr. and patient (or impatient as she was!) during the procedure!

Sigifrith/Mike,
Yes it does involve cutting and having both eyelids held down.
If you are claustrophobic or do not like being "held down" then you probably will not be able to have it done!
I don't think my wife would be able to have it done!

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 10:41:13 AM EDT
well its day 4 and my good vision is now a little blurry my doctor said this is normal I can still see better now than I could without my glasses the pain is gone I have halos when I look at lights inside, no halos outside for some reason. so all in all its not to bad. In the Army we do PRK because if you have lasik it will disqualify you from certain schools(Ranger, Halo,Sf etc)my Doc will check me out Wensday and i will give everyone an update well off to bed for more pampering..breakfast in bed is great AHHH!!!!
FREE
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 11:18:57 AM EDT
Was it covered by tri-care? If so, do dependents qualify? My wife can't see for sh!t without her glasses...
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 11:19:50 AM EDT
Free,
All that "pampering" must be H3LL!

Thanks for keeping us up to date!

BigDozer66
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 11:28:09 AM EDT
No only active duty personel can get it(sorry no dependants). I had to get a memorandum fron my CO eye exam and wait 3 days before the surgery.
FREE


Originally Posted By Nate1:
Was it covered by tri-care? If so, do dependents qualify? My wife can't see for sh!t without her glasses...

Link Posted: 11/17/2003 2:27:26 PM EDT
I had LASIK surgery done on Friday Nov 7th - a little over a week ago. I went from 20/400 to 20/20 literally overnight. I have worn glasses since I was age 8 or so, so this is a HUGE change.

So far I can say that the procedure is as promised - but talk to me in 20 years when the long-term effects become clear.

Having said that, I would recommend the surgery. Just make sure that you have a good physician and that you don't go for the "2 for $399" deal.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 4:00:00 PM EDT
I had PRK done 2 years ago. I was almost at the max for PRK, which is not that much. Pain for 2 days until the cell layer grew back over my eyes. BUT, over the next 2 months I went to 20/15 and have stabalized right around there. I can easily read the 20/15 line....
Fantastic!!
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 4:30:42 PM EDT
Had mine done (LASIK) coming on two years now. Was driving the next day and on my motorcycle within two weeks. Best $1800 I ever spent. Went from 20/200 to 20/20. It's great to be able to see the little VCR clock at anytime during the night without fumbling for glasses. For those who say they're thinking about it, stop thinking and just do it. First thing I did was buy a nice pair of Nike sunglasses with interchangeable lenses (eyewear is required in FL on motorcycles).
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