Thinking about Lasik eye surgery......

Lasik eye surgery thoughts.... - lasik eye surgery
United States
March 1, 2008 10:34am CST
I see so many commercials for this surgery and have been seeing them for years. As much as I would like to have it done I can't imagine having my eyes worked on even for the 69 seconds they say it takes with my eye opened! The poor optometrist I go to has a heck of a time with me when I'm just going for my check ups and getting me to keep my eyes open while he does minor things. I even have a problem putting eye drops or salve in my eyes. Obviously thousands of people do it but I can't for the life of me figure out how they do it! Would you be able to sit there to have surgery done on your eye, being awake with no sedative to keep you from blinking? How do you think you would handle it?
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@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
1 Mar 08
I don't know whether I could handle it or not. It does seem a bit difficult, but to be honest, I would love to have it done. My eyesight is deteriorating so quickly its frightening. So if it meant sitting with my eyes open without the benefit of anesthesia, it would be well worth it to me.
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• United States
2 Mar 08
I could definately use the surgery since my eyes aren't so great either.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
1 Mar 08
I would have to give it a lot of thought, ctry because of the controversy surrounding Lasik eye surgery. A couple of people I know who have had it were less than pleased with the results, but I suppose it is like everything else in that different people get different results. My sister went in to have hers done a few years ago and only had one of them completed. She said that she would never have had it done if she had known how it would be. I had an aunt who had hers done some years before, and she always said that the surgery made her eyesight worse. So, I don't know anyone personally who has had a good experience with the surgery, though I've heard that some have excellent results.
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• United States
2 Mar 08
I've heard nothing but good things about it and yours is the first time I've heard that it didn't work. I just know nothing can come near my eyes without me blinking and for that reason it probably wouldn't work for me.
• United States
1 Mar 08
I am tempted to have this done, but I probably won't. There is a very rare chance of problems and I don't think my family could do very well if I suddenly lost my sight. I might be over-exaggerating the risks, I can tend to do that. The other 'reason' is that I am strongly nearsighted. When I've worn contacts, it tends to make me slighty farsighted. As I start IVs on people for my job, it helps to be able to get down close and get a good look at their veins before I start poking them with needles. Sometimes, I look over the tops of my glasses so I can get in closer. It might be difficult for me to get used to starting IVs after this sort of eye surgery.
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
1 Mar 08
I have the same problem with keeping my eyes open. Or haveing other people touch my eyes for that matter. My father had really bad eyes. The army wouldn't take my dad for vietnam because they considered him legally blind. He had surgery a few years back and even though his eyes aren't perfect, he can wear regular glasses and not the trifocals anymore. He was glad to have it done.
2 Apr 08
i had the surgery two months back. im very happy that i had it done.i didnt feel any pain durin the procedure. the doctor wil keep an instrument to hold the eye lids from closing.so you dont have to worry about that. they wil numb our eyes by giving us eye drops.so we wont feel any pain.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
16 Mar 08
I want this laser surgery so bad. I once went to an eye doctor clinic that does them, but back then they couldn't do me because they weren't as advanced and since I am bifocial they couldn't do both and could only help with either close up or far away. So that meant I would sometimes still have to wear my glasses. But now they can fix both close up and far away, but I can't aford to do it now. I have tried to save up enough money to get it done, but something always goes wrong and I need to use the money for something else. Maybe one day I will be able to afford to do it, I hope, because I hate wearing glasses and have worn them for the last 40 years and it would be so nice not to have to wear them.
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
My sister-in-law, had her eye undergo that surgery about 3 years ago, because before she used to wear contacts, but she always complain of her eye being irritated. Now, her vision got a lot better because of the Lasik surgery. I think when time comes that my eye would need it, would do it. I do not exactly know how the surgery was made, but my sister-in-law was able to go home same day she checked in. Then after a few days, she went back to the doctor to have the eye patch removed and checked on by her doctor and that's it!
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
2 Mar 08
Lasik Surgery is great.. but I can tjust rely on Lasik Surgeries.. i rather have an eyeglass than to risk to lose an eyesight for life.
• India
2 Mar 08
hello there! as an optometrist myself, i completely understand your anxiety while you go in for your regular eye- examinations. i lot of people have trouble kepeing their eyes open even when a torch light is flashes into them...leave alone invasive procedures! however, when you undergo LASIK, the surgeon would use calipers to hold your eyes and lids in place and give you local anesthesia so that you don't feel a thing. I was highly myopic and underwent Lasik only last year. you just need to prepare yourself mentally and device someway to keep your mind off the procedure...music really helps! all the best if you decide to go ahead with it! its not that bothersome..trust me!
@gemini_rose (16193)
1 Mar 08
My dad had it done, and he says it was the best thing he ever did, he didnt have any trouble keeping his eyes open, I would have it done if I desperately needed to but only then, as I really hate the thought of people messing with my eyes, and I cannot put drops in them either.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Lasik Eye Surgery - My hubby had the PRK and is VERY happy with it
My husband had the PRK done and is VERY happy that he did. It's a different procedure than the lasik because it takes longer for the eyes the see clearly however it's much much safer than the lasik. The lasik, you can see clearly right away but if you were to get into a car accident and bump your head, it could dislodge the lens and there's no repairing it once it's done.
• Canada
1 Mar 08
They prop your eyelids open during this procedure so you don't have to worry about trying to keep your eyes open. It's a painless procedure, and they do give you drops before they start with an anesthetic in them. Most of the time these procedures are successful, you just need to go to a reliable surgery center. Do some research before going.