Laser Eye Surgey – Who Here Has Had It?

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  • Fri, Oct 18, 2013 - 05:10pm


    Adam Taggart

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    Laser Eye Surgey – Who Here Has Had It?

If you have eyesight issues and require corrective solutions in order to see well (glasses, contacts, etc), making sure to keep an extra pair or two (and any related solutions, etc) in storage is smart emergency planning.

Like Burgess Meredith's character at the end of Time Enough At Last (a Twilight Zone classic), you don't want to lose your visual aids at a time when replacements may be hard to come by.

Of course, it would be even better if you could fix your eyesight so that you didn't require corrective solutions in the first place.

I'm curious how many people here have had corrective eye surgery (Lasik, PRK, etc), and how many people may be considering the procedure.

Chris recently underwent Lasik, and I had PRK about 8 years ago.

I'll let Chris comment on his own experience, but for me, the procedure was about as close to true magic as anything I've experienced. After 2 decades of wearing glasses and becoming increasingly dependent on them, I was suddenly seeing better than I ever had (my right eye still clocks in at 20/10 on a good day).

Beyond the joy of sharp, clear vision, I also felt a huge weight removed from my psyche. I no longer had to worry about losing or breaking my glasses during an emergency or while in a remote location. The surgery permanently removed a serious concern I had regarding my resilience.

Of course, no solution is perfect.  Lasik/PRK surgery isn't cheap; although it seems substantially less expensive than when I did it. It made my night vision a lot worse, though that's a trade-off I'm pretty happy making for the much-improved daytime clarity. And Chris now requires reading glasses, which he didn't before.

For those of you who have had corrective eye surgery, what has your experience been like?

For those that haven't, have you considered it? Why or why not?

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  • Fri, Oct 18, 2013 - 05:59pm



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    Considering it

This is top of my list for physical resilience, however it has been a hard pill to swallow to spend several thousand dollars on the operation.  Does anyone in the Seattle area know of a good Lasik surgeon they can suggest?  Maybe it's time to choke down the pill and get it done.

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    im lucky

other than some slight astigmatism, i seem to have the best of both worlds my right eye trends far sighted and left trends nearsighted… 

  • Fri, Oct 18, 2013 - 06:44pm



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I was quite farsighted and underwent Lasik in 2007. It's more difficult to correct vision in farsighted persons, though the eye surgeon (one of the best in the country, in Houston; a surgeon to whom other eye surgeons refer their difficult cases) was able to correct my vision to 20-30. For a time I did not need reading glasses, but after six years I'm now farsighted again and need 2.5X reading glasses for close-up work.

My wife was very near-sighted and the same surgeon was able to correct her vision to almost 20-20, which she reckons is a near-miracle. After six years her vision has remained pretty constant and she is very happy. It changed her life for the better.

For my part, I"m glad that I had Lasik, for I can get by without glasses except for reading. Those who are contemplating Lasik or an alternative surgery should be aware that vision will change with increasing age. Also, my opthalmologist told me that cataract surgery is more difficult for patients who have had Lasik.

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    I had this done three years

I had this done three years ago for specific reasons related to personal resiliency. 

It was worth every penny.  I also convinced my wife to get it done and she too has found it to be very worthwhile.

I couldn't recommend it more.  I wore glasses for over 25 years for nearsightedness and now I see 20/15. 

I know I sound like a damn commercial, but it's really a great release from having to deal with eyewear or contacts, plus swimming, driving, showering and even sleeping is now easier since I don't have to worry about contacts floating away or drying out. 

If you can swing it, do it.  You won't regret it for a second.

  • Sat, Oct 19, 2013 - 12:56am

    Chris Martenson

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    I love my new eyes

Well, I too will be a commercial for the procedure.  I had iLasik, which involves having both the flap and the sculpting done by lasers.  

For me this meant having a couple of pre-exams, one where they map the surface of the eye with incredible precision, and then the 15 minute procedure where exactly what needs to be taken from each part of the surface of the eye is removed.

Now my vision is a solid 20/15 and I love being free from glasses in order to see distance, and having my peripheral vision back.

Colors are brighter and clearer, I’ve never had vision this good in my entire life, and I can better withstand bright sun overhead, I think because the lenses used to refract light into my eyes or something.

I snorkel and see great. There’s nothing slipping off the bridge of my nose when I rock climb. I’m sure skiing will be just as grand this winter.

The recovery process was a little longer than they told me, and if I were going to tell someone what it would be like, I’d say this. The day of the surgery you aren’t going to do anything else besides have the procedure and then rest with your eyes closed. They will be tearing up and generally unhappy.

The next day things are definitely much more comfortable, but the vision was still not perfect. Certainly a lot better, but not totally right. There was a bit a blurring, more like double vision, a white cloudiness or hazyness, and dryness.

After three days I began to worry that I had made a mistake.

At the end of the first week I knew I hadn’t made a mistake. I would say, overall, that my eyesight was finally mostly settled in after a month.

And I noticed the gradually changes and marveled as my vision got better and better.

Now I regularly ‘outsee’ my kids who have perfect vision and can read things at really far distances.

My personal tradeoff was that I now need reading glasses, where I used to be able to see perfectly clearly up close. No biggie, I have bought about a dozen pairs of $3 glasses and have scattered them about the house and office, so I’m good.

Bottom line is that after thinking about the procedure for many years, but waffling because the procedure scared me, I would now do it again in a skinny minute if you plunked me back in time.

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    I wouldn’t do it

Peronally, I wouldn't do it although most people would.  But then again, with many health issues, my opinions differ from the mainstream's.  Too many risks, some in the short term but of greater concern, potentially in the long term.  Scarring of very delicate and sensitive tissues (whether mechanical surgical or optical surgical) can have potential long term effects that may not become apparent for many years.  To me, eyes are too important to take any risks.  One has to ask oneself, why did your vision deteriorate?  There are reasons beyond simply aging or congenital problems.  What are the biochemical influences (e.g. non-optimal nutrition and deficient exercise to promote full oxygenated blood supply)?  What are the psychological influences (e.g. fear or avoidance based thought patterns)?  What are the environmental influences (e.g. too much computer time without looking off to infinity at greens or blues or into complete darkness or staring at fixed focal distances or developing dysfunctional neurological patterns related to ocular movement, cervical movement, and vestibular influences)?  What are the functional differences (e.g. are your eyes properly exercised)?  Are you reducing your stress levels and getting enough rest and enough sleep or are you up-regulated 24/7?  Etc., etc.   There are natural eye improvement methods such as the Bates Method and others but they take a lot of time and discipline (as does anything else involving achieving excellence and high levels of proficiency) and most people in our modern society wouldn't take the time. 

  • Sat, Oct 19, 2013 - 02:43am

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    I went to Kent Leavitt in

I went to Kent Leavitt in Bellevue.  I had a very good experience.  I had very bad astigmtism and I now see 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other.  My coke bottles are gone.

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    I did it 5 years ago and couldn’t be more pleased…..

I had lasik done 5 years ago, and couldn't be more pleased.  It was the best $3400 I've ever spent.  Yes, there are risks involved and everyone needs to carefully weigh the risks with the benefits in regards to their own personal situation.  My sight now is better than it ever was previously with glasses or contacts.  Everyone should keep in mind that the biggest problem is with your eyes changing after the procedure.  The more years of prescription stability prior to the procedure is most predictive to the stability after the procedure. 

If you are a very busy and active person, not having to deal with glasses or contacts is huge on a daily basis.

If you are in the Charlotte, NC area I highly recommend Dr. Mozayeni.  He is my doctor & did several of my physician-colleagues' eyes.  Couldn't recommend any more highly.

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    It’s all BS

As in it's all about your belief system. Remember that first time you went in for an eye appointment? Well that was probably the place that the belief system of you have bad eye sight and there is not much you can do but use corrective measures came from. What would be possible if the doctor prescribed eye exercises, proper eye nutrition like kale and such and implanted the thought of you can change your vision without glasses simply with your thoughts, nutrition and exercises? With so much technology It has made us lazy and searching for quick fixes. Don't believe me when is the last time you strongly believed in something I mean really believed and it didn't manifest in your life? What happens when you start to think that it might be possible to naturally change your eye sight, do you hear the conflicting beliefs as they square off? What's the worst that could happen, might you think your a little silly? I think it's worth the try vs. thousands of dollars and fricken lazers aimed at your eyes. It pays to pay attention to your inner world. Much can be achieved in a healthy individual with an open curious mind and self directed programming.


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