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I'm getting LASIK, anyone else?
Zachary Simpson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Clinton | IN | USA | Posted: 11:37 PM on 07.27.04
->> I have finally decided that after much research and my eyes getting even worse that I should get this done. In about two weeks I am getting it done. I can't wait to have it! The thrill of not having to wear glasses anymore is such a high I can't contemplate. The doctor doing mine procedure hasn't had any problems in the 1,500 procedures performed so I think that I am in some very capable hands and is one of the best in the nation. The price because of how bad my eyes are is steep, but the reward is worth it. Has anyone else had it done or contemplating it.
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Brad Mangin, Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA | Posted: 11:54 PM on 07.27.04
->> Zachary- Peter Read Miller wrote a wonderful first-person story about this surgery for the Sports Shooter newsletter on March 30, 2002:

Doctor My Eyes ---
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the laser
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Nic Hume, Photographer, Photo Editor
Victoria | BC | Canada | Posted: 12:07 AM on 07.28.04
->> Zachary,

I've been thinking of doing it for a while. My eyes aren't TOO bad (-3.75 / -2.75 L/R) but I still get annoyed with contacts etc. all the time. Only problem is that I need to wait for my eyes to stabilize before they can do the surgery... My doc figures that should happen around the time I hit 26 / 27, though it's a wait-and-see thing... would love to hear pros / cons of the operation from you once you're back on your feet again :)

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Zachary Simpson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Clinton | IN | USA | Posted: 12:15 AM on 07.28.04
->> Well, as far as how bad my eyes are -9.75L and -7.25R with asigmatisim in both I have worn glasses since second grade and I am now 23 so this is something that I really want...bad.
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Denny Medley, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 1:00 AM on 07.28.04
->> Zachary,
I had my surgery on 09/12/2001, and it's INCREDIBLE! I had worn glasses/contacts since grade school, and to finally be free of them is awesome. My vision is still a little better than 20/20 in both eyes (and I had astygmatism in my right eye before), and it's absolutely wonderful. Immediately after the surgery, I could read the numbers on the clock on the waiting room wall from across the room, something I can't even remember being able to do in my life!
The worst part about it was having to sleep in the goggles, or tape plastic shields over your eyes when sleeping for about 3 days until the 'flap' they slice had time to heal. And, that first day, your eyes will itch badly, but I took the docs advice and went home and took about a 4 hour nap! Woke up, and the itching was reduced greatly. I was driving by that evening, for the first time ever without my glasses/contacts.
Go for it - you won't regret it!

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Jim Comeau, Student/Intern, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 4:53 AM on 07.28.04
->> I'm in a similar boat with Zachary, I have been considering this for years, but am too skeptical
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Denny Medley, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 8:02 AM on 07.28.04
->> Jim and Zach,
I would suggest shopping around for the right doctor, and do not go with the cheapest! This is your eyes we're talking about. I've heard the horror stories about surgery gone bad, also, but the doc that did mine was one of the pioneers of the technology and has trained hundreds of other surgeons, as well as helped develop the technology and proceedures used in the surgery. Got lucky in finding him. The entire process of the surgery took less than 20 minutes, and my vision has been incredible ever since.
Good luck!
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | usa | Posted: 10:09 AM on 07.28.04
->> I second Denny on the Doctor advice, I had the procedure done 6 years ago. I spent about two months researching doctors before I settled on my guy. I had 20/1000 vision and my gas permeable contacts were actually making my eyes worse (they reshape your eye the longer you wear them) I went in once a week for almost two months before they allowed me to have the procedure, they had to keep checking my eyes to make sure they had regained their correct shape after years of hard contacts. They didn't charge me until the day I actually had the surgery. I had 20/50 vision immediately and 20/20 a day later. It was incredible. I was impressed by the amount of time they spent making darned sure I was a good candidate for the surgery. So be picky and ask lots of questions and do your research!!!! I'm thrilled with how my surgery came out and would do it again in a heartbeat!
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Bob Stanton, Photographer
Palo Alto | CA | United States | Posted: 11:44 AM on 07.28.04
->> zachary

my vision was very close to your worst eye--in my case both eyes were very close to -9.75. as you are painfully aware, that is quite a bit of 'corection' to deal with. my advice is to very carefully select your doctor--the price is secondary given the magnitude of what you are thinking about. I selected a Dr. that works out of a major university hospital and was on staff--just incase something did go wrong, i was close to a lot of other experts to help out.

given the magnitude of my adjustment, it took two steps. we didn't want to risk an over correction, so he brought me within 20/30 on step one. i could function okay--pass the drivers eye test, but couldn't see 'great' in the low light. about two months later he brought me dead on--it took all of about 15 seconds and was easy. i have been stable at 20/20 for 5 1/2 years now and only wish i could have done this sooner--no more worry about losing a contact while swimming in the ocean and missing that doral fin that just swam by! clearly, it ranks way up their in one of the best things i did in my life--yes even better than when i openned up my new mkll...
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Liane Rebeka Gersich, Photographer
Naperville | IL | USA | Posted: 12:47 PM on 07.28.04
->> Wow, and I thought I had bad vision. I have astigmatism in the right eye and have worn glasses/contacts since 8th grade. I'm at 20/300 in both eyes although they only get worse every other year.
About 2 years ago I had an enormous tumor in my right eye socket that was causing my eyebrow/lid to droop and it was pushing on my eyeball, which was causing head aches and pressure. I had it taken out right away b/c it was growing fast. I'm glad I did too, it only put me out of the game for about 3 weeks. Now my eye droops more b/c of the loose skin.
I'm not at the point where my vision is driving me absolutley nuts yet but I am tired of getting new lenses in my glasses and having to throw away old contacts. It's such a waste of money.
I've been told that they numb your eyes with drops and it takes a few minutes. You are able to go back to work the next day. If I had the money, I would sign myself up right away and get it all done in one shot!
My grandma had the surgery, she's 77, and now she only has to wear her glasses to read. I remember she always had 3 pairs of glasses in her purse. Bi-focals, regulars, and sunglasses. It was a BIG purse.
I think you should be glad you have the opportunity and take advantage, I know I would, and yes, I am jealsous!
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Zachary Simpson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Clinton | IN | USA | Posted: 2:06 PM on 07.28.04
->> I have researched my decision for quite a long time and at $4700 my eye correction venture is not cheap. Thankfully the Dr. doing my procedure gives a generous military discount and also was concerned about my future decisions in my military career. He suggested PRK since I was thinking of going for an aircrew flying position, but in the end I wanted to have a shorted recovery time and with PRK they do one eye at a time and to have my shooting eye out of commission for a week or two I would be screwed. My advice to students like myself is to just bit the financial aid bullet and get that student loan just once in their career even if they don't want any loans. This is your vision and for me the continuation of me working my military job in the Air Force.
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Nigel Kinrade, Photographer
Alpharetta | GA | USA | Posted: 2:18 PM on 07.28.04
->> I had the surgery done about 5 years ago and talk about being nervous especially when you rely on your eyes to make a living. But 5 years on and everything is still perfect with my eyes.
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Emily Borowski, Photographer, Assistant
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 5:53 PM on 07.28.04
->> I had the predecessor to Lasik (Radial Keratotomy)way back in decision I've ever made. Before the surgery, I couldn't see the big 'E' on the wall in the doctor's office or read what I was writing without my glasses! My first trip to the beach and swimming for the first time without glasses or contacts and being able to see was very emotional! I've been 20/20 & 20/40 for over ten years with no problems.
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JD Hamilton, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 8:29 PM on 07.28.04
->> Zach, I had the procedure 6 years ago, but a word of caution. My eyes were roughly in the same range as yours. Unfortunately, the first procedure was unable to fully correct my vision and after 90 days had to have a second procedure in order to get my vision in the good range. I sure don't regret it, but it was a little more of struggle than I was told it would be by my doctor. Good Luck...
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Neal Vaughan, Photographer
St. Joseph | MI | USA | Posted: 9:13 PM on 07.28.04
->> Find a place that fine tune's the humidity in their procedure room. A study that came out a while ago implicated humidity that was too high / too low as responsible for higher than normal side effects, including halos and such.
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Bill Taylor, Photographer
Westerville | OH | USA | Posted: 10:12 PM on 07.28.04
->> 20/200 from 3rd grade until 4 years ago, still 20/15 both eyes best decision besides my wife i ever made.
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 10:32 PM on 07.28.04
->> Zachary,
Whe I posed the question of whether to have LASIK or not, the responses from people who seened to know the answers simply scared the stuffing out of me. Part of the problem was my age - 50 - but that was The End of Corrective Consideration.
If you do a search for Eye Surgery on the message board, you'll find the thread.
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John Reed, Photographer
Montgomery | AL | USA | Posted: 11:08 PM on 07.28.04
->> Zachary,
After wearing contacts from the 11th grade until 3 years ago, I was very uncertain about the procedure. Had to count fingers as I could not see the big E on the eye chart. After going thru the initial screening, the hardest thing I had to do was wear glasses for almost a week prior to LASIK. I was able to wear contacts to shoot a basketball game the night before, but I could only wear contacts during the game--after the game, I threw them in the garbage can. Have never looked back--still corrected to 20-15 in both eyes. I've had friends who have had to have "touch-ups" but their vision was much worse than mine.
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