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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I went to 2 consulations for Lasik and I am seriously wanting it done next month. I have a very high astigmatism, really high.

Doctor 1 said I may get better than 20/20, maybe even 20/15 and they are about $4900. Don't take American Express though. Says he uses latest technology for the procedures.

Doctor 2 said I may not get 20/20 but maybe 20/25 and I may need a touchup operation afterwards in case the first go doesn't get it all or I want more perfect vision. This operation would cost about $4000 and they do take American Express. Says he uses latest technology too, but it's the doctor more than the machine you should be worried about.

I'm torn but leaning more towards Doctor 2 b/c first of all, he takes American Express, which is my method of payment. Secondly, he gives me more realistic expectations, and he is a bit cheaper.

I would like to know if anyone here has gotten Lasik and what were your experiences with it? How much did you pay?

Also, which Doctor would you pick
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 07:14 PM
 
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I would go with Doctor 2 as well...you're right, it seems more realistic.

Good luck -- I won't have the surgery done, nor will I let Erik -- I'm too worried about something going wrong.
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Could you be a little bit more specific? I am intrigued.
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 08:22 PM
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I agree that Doctor 2 sounds more realistic. Good for you to get a couple opinions, eyesight is too important not to thoroughly research before you pick a surgeon.

I am terribly near-sighted, can't see a darn thing without my contacts. I would love Lasik, but I am just plain chicken, hate to think of the possibility of complications. I know many people who have had it, most with excellent results.
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I'd LOVE to have this procedure done. It's wicked hard dealing with make-up and performances when you're always worrying about your contacts sticking or slipping. Ugh.

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I am terribly near-sighted, can't see a darn thing without my contacts. I would love Lasik, but I am just plain chicken, hate to think of the possibility of complications. I know many people who have had it, most with excellent results.
Same here...too worried. I've heard of bad complications, too, so I just don't want to take any chances. I do know many with great results...but I know it's just my luck that I'd have problems.
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For the record, I had lasik performed September of 2004, and I have absolutely NO regrets. I was very nearsighted, and had astigmatism and all that jazz. My eyes are too dry to wear contacts comfortably, so lasik was a present for myself.

I paid around $3900 for my Lasik, and it was with a doctor I really trusted that was recommended by my personal eye doctor (who said he sent his own children to her). You only get one set of eyes, so it pays to do it right. Do your research. There are different methods of lasik. The newest technology (3-D Wavescan) is more advanced, and gives you a laser job that's more tailored to teh exact shape of your eyeball. Because of my thin corneas, I couldn't get that, and I had to have the traditional lasik, which obviuosly I have no complaints about. I thikn it would have been closer to $4500 had I had the wavescan version.

Just make sure you are comfortable with the doctor you choose. Even though so much of it is computerized, you want someone who knows what they are doing!

As for side-effects, most of the complications and side-effects are experienced by people who had the surgery years ago, before they perfected the technology. I was really worried about the stories of people who had night-vision problems (saw "halos" around lights at night) and couldn't drive anymore. I had absolutely NONE of these problems at all! The worst of it for me was that my eyes were really dry for about 2 weeks... felt like I had my contacts in and I couldn't take them out! But after that - perfect. I am 20/20 exactly. Never been happier with the decision. Yeah, I was kinda nervous myself, but I've had the same eye doctor since I was 5 years old, and I knew he wouldn't send both his children AND me to a doctor who didn't know what she was doing!

If you have any questions about the actual procedure, feel free to ask me on this thread or PM me. I'll be happy to answer any questions based on my experiences.
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This is my job. I am an Ophthalmic Technician working with a corneal specialist. I assist him not only in the regualr Operating room, but also with all of his laser vision correction. I am the only one who runs the scans for the actual laser.

First off......make sure that the 'latest technology' is the Custom or Wavefront laser. Find out if it will be LASIK, LASEK, PRK, or Intralase.

They will all correct your vision wonderfully, but are all different techniques in how the laser is applied. None of them are a bad or wrong choice, but should be an option for everyone based on certain criteria your eyes meet.

I too, had LASIK in 2000 and am very happy with it. I would never go back to wearing contacts or glasses again.

Please feel free to ask me a TON of questions! I love eyes and could talk about them all day long!
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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-21-2006, 12:50 AM
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Does anyone know if insurance covers lasik? I would LOVE to have it done before my wedding, but I can't afford it. I do have vision insurance through my mom's workplace, but I am not sure if they would cover any of it at all.
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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-21-2006, 05:58 AM
 
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It's not the insurance that would cover it, it would be the employer that would choose to cover it for their employees.

Only the employer can choose to have it covered and very few do it. For example, there is only one employer in the Columbus, Ohio area that coveres it for their employees.
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