Prescriptive glasses, contact lenses or Lasik surgery?

@camar_lyn (1028)
Singapore
March 15, 2007 11:24am CST
What's your choice? I've been short sighted for as long as i can remember. Started wearing glasses when i was 10 yrs old. The degree for my glasses has stabalised since 2000. I have tried contact lenses of different brands before but my eyes get dry easily. So, contact lenses for me, are not the most comfortable nor convenient. With the advancement of technology, i've been contemplating whether i should go for lasik surgery. It is such a tedious process, i think. I have to go through pre lasik evaluation, surgery for my 2 eyes, medications, follow up, reviews, enhancement for 1 year, etc. On top of the exhorbitant fee that the eye surgeons will charge me, i will have to pay more should any complications arise. Do you have that elusive perfect eyesight? Has anyone undergone lasik? Are you sticking to your contact lenses? Do you think the optometrist is a dying trade?
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@paulnet (748)
• India
17 Mar 07
There are many benefits of Laser Vision Correction Surgery:- There is no more inconvenience of wearing lenses or contacts. You can save money on solution, lenses, frames, exams, etc. You can save a loots of time, No more hassle of soaking or cleaning your lenses, Ability to lead an active lifestyle without your glasses/contacts, Ability to shave or put on make-up without eye wear, Avoid the possible consequences of long-term contact wear.
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@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
17 Mar 07
Thank you very much. Yes, you are right. Those are the 'pro' factors of going through lasik. Do you think they outweigh the 'cons' of lasik? Like having to go for enhancements, complications, etc..?
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15 Mar 07
I have worn glasses all my life and hate them. I would love to be able to afford to have laser surgery, so I could finally say goodbye to the glasses.
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@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
15 Mar 07
Thank you for being the first to reply to my post. Just like you, i hate my glasses. I'm trying to save up the money for the surgery. But i don't know if i should go ahead with it. I am also uncomfortable if i walk around without my glasses. Some how i feel rather insecure about how i look. Are you comfortable walking around without your glasses?
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I have been wearing glasses since I was 14 ... when I was a teenager, I hated wearing them ... I am short sighted, so I usually only wear them to watch tv or drive now ... but when I was a student I had to wear them to read the balsckboard and I hated that guys woudl see me wear glasses!!! Now, I am married and mother and having to wear glasses doesn't bother me anymore ... my husband even things I look sexy when I wear them!!! As for surgery, without even mentioning th price, but even if I had the money to spare, I am not sure I would do it ... eyes are very precious and I would be scared that something would go wrong.... I am a firm believer that is there is no actual health threatening need for an operation, then I don't want to take the chance You know what you got now, you never know what the future holds You know they make pretty cute glasses nowadays ;-)
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
18 Mar 07
Hi guys!! Thank you for responding to this discussion. I truly am contemplating the decision of whether to go for lasik. The cost is definitely very high considering that i'm spending the bulk of the family income on the kids education. Right again when u said they do make cute glasses now. It's not getting any easier now *LOL* Take care guys and god bless your family. - Lyn
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Of course in he end the decision will be yours .... and I am sure that if you can put th money aside, everything will go fine for you and soon enough you will read that without glasses! Best wishes
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
20 Mar 07
Thanks guys, i do appreciate the support you are giving me. I'm leaning towards not going for lasik as of now. Cheers!-Lyn
@mom_of_2 (399)
• Canada
15 Mar 07
HI camar_lyn, This is such a touchy subject for me. I have known a couple people who have had lasik eye surgery and it has turned out very different for each person. I dont want to scare you but I would like to share my fathers experience. He had the surgery shortly after it was introduced here in Canada. He went from coke bottle glasses (yes they were that thick...no exagerating) to only needing a light reading glass for looking at small things/driving. We were all so happy for him as he wore these heavy glasses for years. Like you mentioned though there were enhancemants, and complications did arise. One of the complications was retna detachement. Well to make a long story short he ended up having 11 lasik surgeries only to end up with a glass eye. It started with severe headaches and near the end the one eye ended up looking like a rotton green grape. I swore to myself then and there that I would never have lasik eye surgery. Like I said though, it was a new procedure back then and I'm sure they have made imorovements. My best friends husband had lasik surgery last year and is loving it. I will say though they do make a trip to the city every month for check ups and he has had 2 enhancements. I am fortunate to have perfect eye sight. My husband is inrested in having the surgery as well....I keep telling him to use it has a last resort. If you know your sight is getting worse and you have nothing to lose ..I say go for it but as long as you can see/drive and read...why bother? He always telles me until I know what its like to have glasses fog up or contacts dry out that I'll never understand the desire a person would have to get the surgery...perhaps he is right but I did see my father suffer horribly and thats hard to forget. My advice to you is make sure its a repitable optometrist (aske how may surgerys he/she has done) and know all the pros and cons and possible complication. Good luck with your decision.
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
15 Mar 07
Hi mom_of_2, thank you for your reply and sharing with me your personal experience. No doubt i have been contemplating and you've just shown me that my gripes are true. You should be thankful for having the perfect vision. However, like what your husband said, that is ohhh sooo true as well. I will definitely think again because my myopia is 750 degrees and i personally think is quite bad. Cheers!- Lyn
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@mom_of_2 (399)
• Canada
17 Mar 07
Hi again camar_lyn ! Thanks for the honor of best response, I was happy to know I did't scare you to bad with my expercience...Like everything else im sure this procedure has made leaps and bounds. Thanks for the add too, I'll keep you in my prayers with this decision. Take care,