(repost): Anyone think about laser eye surgery and then not go through with it?

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:03:31 AM
Weird double posting, anyways...

I had my consultation last week. Aside from the price ($2200 per eye) for the Interlase SBK procedure (latest/newest laser), the actual procedure and potential problems that can occur has been taking a step back. They are also recommending that I have the Monovision. Not sure if I feel that comfortable with that either.

Just wondering if others had wanted it at one time, and then decided against it and are happily sticking with their glasses/contacts.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:13:37 AM
Sorry, I'm no help. I got it done about 12 years ago and I still say it was the best money I ever spent!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:17:26 AM
DH has thought about it. He's worn glasses since 1st grade. He decided he was just glad to be able to see at all. At one point, his mom was advised to teach him braille since he'd eventually need it. So far, he hasn't.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:18:00 AM
Not me, but my mom. She considered it, but they said they couldn't guarantee she would have 20/20 vision and the risk wasn't worth it for her, she wears contacts.

It's on my list of things to consider. I can't wear contacts and I am really getting tired of glasses. I haven't had a consultation yet.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:33:13 AM
My surgery was in the "before laser" days. I radial keratotomies about 22 years ago and I did have a couple of problems with one eye initially after the surgery.
My surgeon was very upfront about probably not having 20/20 vision - but I wasn't after 'perfect' I wanted better vision than I currently had. I didn't need to wear glasses for 20 years.
I agree with Meg, best money I ever spent and never regretted having it done. I didn't hate wearing glasses, in fact I quite liked them, but I didn't like the feeling of being dependent on an aid to be able to see clearly.
I went from "what eye chart?" to being able to read the second last row without a single hesitation.

Now I am getting to that age where I am getting longsighted and need to wear glasses again for reading and I am considering having laser surgery to correct that.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:42:10 AM

Now I am getting to that age where I am getting longsighted and need to wear glasses again for reading and I am considering having laser surgery to correct that.

Yeah me too! The guy who did my laser surgery told me that I would probably need reading glasses when I got into my 40s and I remember thinking "Oh that's ages away!". I'm 45 now and my reading vision has deteriorated quite a lot over the last 6 months. I can't afford more laser surgery just yet though.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:11:06 AM
Me! My vision is very poor. I didn't want to risk having the surgery not go well and ruining what vision that I do have (-9.00 contact lenses). I also didn't want to bother with reading glasses until I absolutely had to. Right not I can pop in my contacts and I am good to go for the day.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:40:43 AM

The guy who did my laser surgery told me that I would probably need reading glasses when I got into my 40s
Yup, we had the same conversation, I asked him if the shortsightedness and the long sightedness would just "even each other out" if I didn't have the surgery and he laughed and said no, "you'll just end up with really strong bifocals"
"really strong bifocals" is not something a 24 year old wants to hear about her future vision!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:16:26 AM

I had laser vision surgery probably 15 years ago. The results were phenomenal and I haven't had a single regret about it. I am now 51 and still don't even need reading glasses.

It's an individual decision and you have to decide what's right for you, but I don't hear anything in your concerns that would stop ME.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:42:14 AM
I had the surgery on just one eye about 13 years ago. It was wonderful. No pain, no problems and I had 20/20 vision for the first time without glasses since the third grade. My eyes were sensitive to the air from ceiling fans for a few months, but no other complaints. I am 58 and right now, I am reading this thread without glasses. My vision has deterioted some, and I did get glasses again about 4 years ago. I wear them when I go somewhere and for some reading. If the light is really good, I usually do not need to pull out the glasses to be able to read unless it is really small print, like on over the counter medicine bottles. I can read the closed caption on the tv in the bedroom at night without glasses. I do not regret having the surgery at all and might would even consider it again if the cost had not gone up so much in the last few years.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:44:35 AM
I had laser vision correction about 11 years ago. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself after years of being nonfunctional without my glasses. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I went into it completely aware of the limitations/risks. I wasn't fully corrected after my procedure. As part if my fee/follow up, I ended up needing enhancements. Once on one eye and twice on the other (two procedures, spread out over the next year). At first my eyes were extremely dry and I was married to my eye drops. I also found that driving at night was more challenging. All of that resolved over time.

I was also told that the procedure wouldn't eliminate the need for reading glasses as I aged, but might help to put it off for awhile. It seemed like a fair trade-off. I am 45 now and have no need of reading glasses yet. My dh is the same age, and he could probably use them.

From my perspective, the dependency I had on my glasses/contacts and my inability to function at all without them was the deciding factor. I can now go to sleep without having to take out contacts, can go to the bathroom at night without having to put my glasses on, can otherwise safely navigate my house, and I can swim without having to worry about losing a contact, among so many more advantages. I would do it all over again in a minute.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:50:30 AM
Have them put you in Monovision contacts before you make that commitment. I could never do it. Monovision gave me horrid headaches.

This is what I have been told by friends...if you focus is how you look and you don't use your eye a lot for reading or detail (sewing/hobby), then go for it. If you must use your eyes for lots of reading, computer, detail work..., do NOT do it. My "vanity" friends are very happy with the procedure. My "detail" friends regret having it done and have told me "don't do it!!".


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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:24:57 AM
I had a consult close to 10 years ago. I have a stigmatism and the way my eye is shaped, where they laser is too thin to laser. I would have to have the older procedure where they actually cut a flap, with a knife, lift the flap and make the adjustments. It had a two - three week recovery time...none of the sit up from surgery and see perfectly across the room. I decided against it and have stuck with my contacts.

That said, if it ever comes to a point where I can no longer wear my contacts, I'd do it....after taking plenty of valum!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:41:52 AM
My correction would be quite significant and they couldn't guarantee I wouldn't still need some for of glasses for additional correction. Then there's the whole aging and needing reading glasses even with laser surgery.

Finally, I don't have any problems taking my contacts in and out every day. The cost is negligible these days. Ultimately, I decided I wasn't ready to risk any of the possible complications nor was I willing to put out that kind of money for something like this. I have far more things that I could spend $3-4K on and enjoy much more.

The ONLY eye surgery I would do if it was affordable is the surgery where they implant a corrective lens in your eye. This is 100% reversible, based on what I've been told. It's still too expensive though so I don't expect to be doing that either.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:23:04 AM
I had it 12 years ago and I agree it was the best money ever spent! I only now (in the past year) need to occasionally wear bifocals (I'm 47) and I'm perfectly fine with that.

No doctor can guarantee you 20/20 vision. But you need to feel comfortable with the surgery. If you are not, don't do it.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:28:56 AM
I had LASIK surgery 15 years ago and it was life changing no side affects other than little dry eye - but I'd absolutely do it again

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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:02:02 PM
I've thought about it, but then all the things that could go wrong stop me.

I'm fine with contacts, but if I couldn't wear them anymore then I'd seriously consider it since I absolutely hate wearing glasses.

I'll eventually need reading glasses in a few years so I don't think it's worth it to avoid corrective lenses.

I'm very sensitive to vision changes. It's just not worth the chance. My eye doctors have even said that I notice differences that most people don't.

Good luck with your decision.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 1:40:58 PM
I'm going for a consultation on February 9th.
I can't wait. I have become 100% reliant on my glasses over the past 2 years, and I CANNOT wear contacts.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:18:12 PM
I had my laser vision surgery a year before I had brain surgery. I'll take another brain surgery any day!!!
Laser vision surgery was the worst surgery I have ever experienced.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:06:31 AM
Thanks ladies.

I am staying put for now with my glasses (yes, that is me in my avatar).
I do like the looks of my glasses, but wanted to explore the surgery option and weigh pros/cons.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:49:50 AM
I have thought about but I knew someone who had the procedure done about 15 to 20 years ago when it was still in the experimental stages. He had double vision that couldn't be corrected for the rest of his life. That pretty much turned me off from ever having it even though I know that's very unlikely to occur these days.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:55:14 AM
I had it done in 1998. In the last 3-4 years, the astigmatism has returned in one eye. The eye doctor told me that that's the problem that most often recurs. The near sightedness doesn't usually return, but astigmatism does.

I'm now in a place where I need to wear glasses all the time - again. Otherwise I basically have a lazy eye. It stinks. I'm also heading towards needing reading glasses. That stinks too.

Would have been nice for the results to last longer...
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