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You just said you did both PRK and Lasik.
Read it again, he said he had PRK twice, and typo once where he said LASIK. If you look at the context of what he wrote, with a little bit of reading comprehension and a little less , it's clear to see that it was a mis-type and he meant PRK.
Old 04-22-2010, 04:27 PM Menel is offline  
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i dropped 4200 USD for wave-front guided lasik (full laser, no keratometer) and i was good to go to lecture/lab at school the very next morning (about a 16 hour recovery period). it has been 3 months since then and i have to say it's totally worth the money. Do not get PRK or standard lasik. I had -7.75 in one eye and -6.5 in the other. I also had a slight astigmatism in both eyes, which are now corrected. I currently have -0.25 in both eyes. The smallest possible prescription you can have above perfect vision. I don't have any of the night-time side effects which are common with PRK and standard lasik. If I were you, I'd just save up the dough to drop on wave-front full laser lasik instead of prk or standard lasik
This is partially false. While yes, use the full wave-front guided process. These are your eye syour talking about, find the best doctor in your area that uses th ebest equipment and techniques.

There is nothing inherently better about LASIK than PRK from a results standpoint, ultimately the final result will be the same. They use the exact same laser equipment for altering your cornea. The wave-front process is a machine that maps the higher order aberrations of your eye, and then this map is fed into the laser correction machine. The same machine that alters the shape of your cornea for both LASIK and PRK. The difference is in how the doctor exposes the cornea and the recovery time afterward.

PRK is the older and safer procedure. If your cornea is not thick enough to safely allow LASIK, by all means suck it up, do PRK and you will appreciate it 2-3 months down the road and for the rest of your life.

Your doctor recommends and says your safe for LASIK, by all means do it, and DEFINITELY get the Wave-Front guided option.
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I went with the all laser Custom Wave-Front today. The process itself was quick and not painful. Right after the surgery my eyes burned like hell, however after going home and taking a nap I felt much better. I saw "starburts" and "halos" right after the surgery but was told this is normal, it also has got a lot better. Will keep updating.
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Follow the instructions to the T. The drops are really important.

Make sure you sleep for the required period too.
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Also, congratulations, big decision but a good one
Old 04-22-2010, 07:37 PM Forever Domon is offline  
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Follow the instructions to the T. The drops are really important.

Make sure you sleep for the required period too.

I've been following the drop instructions, however I did watch a little TV. My eyes aren't sensitive to light at all.
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I am getting PRK on Wednesday. My astigmatism is large enough where the wavefront LASIK could damage the structural integrity of the cornea. The larger chance for ectasia (sp?) is not worth the quicker recovery time, I don't think... so here's to hoping. :]
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I am getting PRK on Wednesday. My astigmatism is large enough where the wavefront LASIK could damage the structural integrity of the cornea. The larger chance for ectasia (sp?) is not worth the quicker recovery time, I don't think... so here's to hoping. :]
really? I have massive astigmatism (7+) and mine was fixed just fine with wavefront all-laser lasik (flap based).

I have (had) no other abnormalities though, purely astigmatism, no nearsighted or farsightedness.
Old 05-23-2010, 10:22 PM Forever Domon is offline  
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LASIK, shit I had cateract surgery when I was 5 and had the lense cut out with OG lasers from the early 80s. Then a few years ago during reconstructive surgery they pulled my only good eye out of the socket in order to bolt my face back together.

I woke up during surgery and still remember the doctors reactions to this day. They asked later what I remember and I told them that my head felt "very wide". They told me thats because my eye ball was sitting in a tray 6 inches to the side of my head. Twice I've evaded terminal blindness.

Can't comment on LASIK though, but trust me ... nothing to be afraid of. There will always be risk, but congrats on taking a leap of faith to improve your life for the better.
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I heard that PRK is prone to less side effects than Lasik but the downside is the long recovery time.

I had PRK - I got up after surgery and my eyes were already opening - albeit blinking from being a bit wattery from the stuff they put in and that there was SLIGHT SLIGHT pain - but the doctors / nurses said they were surprised I was opening my eyes already. I was amazed how badass it was to see right out of surgery - so for me, recovery time was cake. And yeah - all that shit about PRK being worse is retarded, I don't see shit for side affects, especially at night.

One thing you need to keep in mind: You NEVER know what can happen. 2 Years later, my vision has changed from when I first got out. I was far sighted and was enjoying that - now one my eyes is slightly far sight (which is perfect for someone my age) and the other one is slightly near sighted). This can be from one of 2 things: Either it healed to that point (more likely choice) or my vision changed from growing up (unlikely, but possible). I went in for a routine check up and explained how my vision changed and they just basically said you can never predict where the LASER surgery will leave you after it's fully healed in 1-2 years. BUT... it's not even enough for me to care, notice much. The only time I do is when I cover the far sighted eye or look far into that one side of the room.

In fact, she explained how a lot of people prefer what I have... So whenever I need to read something up close, my eyes will adjust to the one thats near sighted I will easily see it. Likewise, something far away my far sighted eye will adjust and I will easily see it.
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Damn...I want to get my eyes fixed too

Cant afford it yet, but as soon as I can...I'll get some of this laser shit done.
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LASIK, shit I had cateract surgery when I was 5 and had the lense cut out with OG lasers from the early 80s. Then a few years ago during reconstructive surgery they pulled my only good eye out of the socket in order to bolt my face back together.

I woke up during surgery and still remember the doctors reactions to this day. They asked later what I remember and I told them that my head felt "very wide". They told me thats because my eye ball was sitting in a tray 6 inches to the side of my head. Twice I've evaded terminal blindness.

You said OG lasers, lol!

Best. Story. Ever.

but yeah, that would suck. Hope you are able to see decent now.
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It's not laser surgery but I had ICL done a couple weeks ago and I love it. They implant a lens into each eye similar to what they do for cataract surgery and the good thing about this procedure is that it's reversible.
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I went from 20/200 and 20/400 to 20/20.
I gotta ask this, isn’t 20/120 considered medically blind? Even if you can still see very vague shapes and light/color?

I was diagnosed with keratoconus a long time back in the early 90’s. My vision in that eye had deteriorated to something like 20.140, and all I could get form that eye was movement, color and light. Shapes were more or less beyond me in that eye.

Being diagnosed 20/400 sounds horrible. I can’t imagine what that must mean…

[What follows is irrelevant to the post, but relevant to eye surgery commentary.There is no need to read further]

Keratoconus sucks balls by the way. You lose visual acuity first by getting halo’s of light around objects lit up in your field of vision then you start to blur out ‘til the point you simply lose all focused vision.

And Lasik surgery cannot help you, god I wish it could.

They have to cut off the deformed section of your eye. Replaced it with dead tissue. Then wait the 12-18 months it takes for your body to heal and replace the dead tissue. (The dead tissue is used as a frame work for the new healing)

During this process they gave me (at least) predforte’(prednisilone), a steroid to help the healing process. The thing they neglected to mention is in a percentage of the cases, the steroid can cause the growth of a cataract in the healing eye.

Ultimately for me. My vision began to clear amazingly at the 2 month marker. Then by the 6th month was back to how bad it was before due to the cataract.

At 14 months they sat e down. put a drop in my eye for pain killer. Then proceeded to use some kind of blade to reach onto my eye and remove the stitches in it (Did I mention they left stitches in my eye for 14 months?)

One stitch retreated into the scar tissue and after scraping the surface of my eye for 10 minutes over just until. The doctor decided it was “Harmless, We’ll just leave it there”.

They also spent a total of 45 minutes doing this. The pain killer began to wear off at the 35 minute mark.

So what I have been left with after waiting for the appropriate donor tissue is an eye with part of a stitch still in it. With the same visual acuity as I had before because of a cataract in it. I went through a lot of pain to get glasses correctable vision. To no avail.

And no. I can’t sue the guy over it. The effects of the steroid were well known and documented. And I had the government do this surgery on it’s dime. The only thing I can do is have them remove the cataract. But since it’s on a government program. I have to wait for them to be ready. I’ve been waiting 3 years.
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