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Just wondering if anyone on here has had it done or know someone who has had it done?
 

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It's pretty good. Expensive though. I don't have anywhere near 20:20 vision but the world isn't fuzzy and I don't wear glasses for watching tv or driving.

Also as I go it at a young age my eyesight has continued to deteriorate.
 

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Worth it?

My dad had it done not too long ago and it's done him a great deal of good. He would recommend it to anyone. Although obviously the phase when you can barely see anything and have to have eye drops every hour is pretty hellish. But he still says that in the end it was worth it.
 

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Yep, had it done 6 years ago. So nice not having to wear glasses and having to mess around with contacts, and wear proper sunglasses.:cool: Got it done at Moorfields as only wanted the best. I did not want any Tom, Dick and Harry touching my eyes.
 

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Yeh i want to do it, but watching what they do makes me squirm abit.

I have only had glasses in the last year or so (I'm in my early - mid 20's) so i'm still getting used to them and contacts but such a hassle.

(esp falling asleep with contacts in)
 

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The operation itself is painless. I would describe it as opening your eyes under water. There's also a bit of a disconcerting smell from the laser machine. Smelt chocolaty as I remember it. But it's all over in 20 minutes and then for the next 4-6 weeks you have to put various drops in your eyes, then Voila, I was glasses free. My right eye is slightly weaker than my left, but both eyes together are 20/20, which is amazing as prior to the surgery my left eye was -2.5 and my right was -5.5. I still have my old glasses to remind myself how bad my sight was before and how glad I am that I did have it done.

Also I remember your prescription must be unchanged for at least two years prior to the surgery.
 

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Been looking at it myself for the last 5 years or so. They say you can't do lots of things for a while afterwards, but I've also seen the adverts from Tampax, saying you can swim, cycle and play sports, so was thinking of grabbing a pack to compensate....
 

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Been looking at it myself for the last 5 years or so. They say you can't do lots of things for a while afterwards, but I've also seen the adverts from Tampax, saying you can swim, cycle and play sports, so was thinking of grabbing a pack to compensate....

Have you really been looking into it yourself or where you just desperate to say the shoddy joke ;)
 

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I'm blessed with good vision so know nothing about eye terminology but a close relative of mine got this done when it was new (about ten years ago) and it ruined his ability to read anything less than two feet away (seeing him with a book or menu is tragic). Medium to long range vision was improved though and he hasn't deteriorated majorly since. Sounds like the technology has improved since then, but I'd personally never do it having seen this happen. Nothing wrong with a young guy or gal wearing glasses. I love a girl with specs appeal, can look very distinguished :p
 

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I had it done about 11 years ago. Didn't have to wear glasses for about 5 years, but the op doesn't stop the natural deterioration with age. If enough tissue is left it can be repeated - pondering looking into that.
 

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I had it done a couple of years ago and it was absolutely worth it for me. I had massive problems with my glasses before and couldn't wear contact lenses, though. The dryness of my eyes stayed since then, though, apparently, for most, it becomes better after a time. The op was fine, just the phase where I could barely see anything sucked.
 

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Yep other factors to consider before you have lasik eye surgery (the most common laser eye surgery):

Dry eyes - as mentioned above can be a problem post op.
Whether you have astigmatism I.e. Your Cornea is shaped like a rugby ball and how bad it is.
 

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I got LASIK 15 years ago.

it's worth it - my eye sight has remained the same over this time and I was using disposable contacts previously.
So when I add up the cost of contacts, solutions etc. over the years it covers the cost of the LASIK procedure easily.

it was difficult driving at night for the first year due to light halo effect but that tapered off.

I know that one day when I get older, I might need glasses again but it has served me well.
 

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I have been wearing glasses since I was 16. I'm now 31 and still wearing them. The only time I wore contact lenses, was on my wedding day, but that was just for the photographs.

The problem I have is to see things far away, say from 10m onwards. Without my glasses, it's a blur, but with it I can see it clearly as if I had 20:20 vision. I go every 18 months to check if my eyes are detoriorating more than the previous check. But for the past 3 years, it has remained on the same level. Now I have been to Optometrists as well as Specialists in Cornea, and other areas of the eye, and all of them say that I shouldn't go for Laser Eye Surgery.

The consensus is that the Laser Eye Surgery technology isn't developed enough to guarantee me a more permanent solution than what my glasses are doing at the moment, and that they can't guarantee me that I'll be better off than I am now. So I am staying with the glasses for now.

I guess it depends on what defect each person has and whether the surgery will help or not.
 

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Yep other factors to consider before you have lasik eye surgery (the most common laser eye surgery):

Dry eyes - as mentioned above can be a problem post op.
Whether you have astigmatism I.e. Your Cornea is shaped like a rugby ball and how bad it is.
Yes, in my case, they had to do the op in two steps (I got LASIK as well) due to astigmatism and the time in between just sucked badly since I was barely able to see. Doing anything at all was so difficult.
Surprisingly enough, the costs were covered by my health insurance after all (I was originally told they wouldn't cover it), but like I mentioned, contacts weren't an option and I had massive problems with glasses.
 

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The operation itself is painless. I would describe it as opening your eyes under water. There's also a bit of a disconcerting smell from the laser machine. Smelt chocolaty as I remember it. But it's all over in 20 minutes and then for the next 4-6 weeks you have to put various drops in your eyes, then Voila, I was glasses free. My right eye is slightly weaker than my left, but both eyes together are 20/20, which is amazing as prior to the surgery my left eye was -2.5 and my right was -5.5. I still have my old glasses to remind myself how bad my sight was before and how glad I am that I did have it done.

Also I remember your prescription must be unchanged for at least two years prior to the surgery.

I have the same experience to share! my glass prescription was like;
CYL
Right:-3.5 Left:-0.5
SPH
Right:+1.5 Left:+0.75
AXIS
Right: 59 Left: 135
And I have undergone laser surgery from an eye center in Washington (Evergreen eye center) and I am doing perfectly alright now. It's really worthy and do it from a good doctor.
 

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Have you really been looking into it yourself or where you just desperate to say the shoddy joke ;)

Can't remember if I pmed you on this.
1 - Yes, I'm looking in to it. I've had consulations and apparently my eyes are perfect for the treatment atm (I'm not getting any younger though), so think it's going to have to be done within the next 18 months if I do.
2 - Yes, I was desperate to say the 'brilliant' joke!
 

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