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Old 29.12.2010, 17:17
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That makes sense, Peg. My husband is severely nearsighted, and had a detached retina 3 years ago. The retina was repaired, but my understanding is that you're at a greater risk for a detatched retina the more nearsighted you are because of the elongated shape of your eyeball. So it makes sense that nearsighted eyeballs have steeper corneas too.
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

I've had Lasik on the right eye, which pre-op was + 3.75D and 1.75 astygmatic as well. Post-op and post-healing it stabilised at +0.75 which I can perfectly live with as it is not my dominant eye. The cornea has a rather magnificent regular shape which threw off more than one optician before being told of the procedure. No side effects to mention - surgery was done in 98 if memory serves.

Ironically the left eye has drifted from 0.00 down to -0.75 now.
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If you are not a pilot or model or whatever, nothing wrong with using eye glasses or contacts besides the hassle.
Can't speak for models, but for any budding pilots (professional or private), can certainly say that the (UK) rules for pilots are pretty strict on laser correction (almost to the point of making it a no-no)...

Q: Can I fly if I have had laser eye surgery?

A: Yes, if your pre-operative refraction was within the usual limits for medical certification. In other words, you cannot use laser eye surgery to bring your eyesight within limits. The preferred operation is LASIK, which will render you unfit for flying for approximately three months. Your subsequent vision must be stable and without glare. LASEK surgery is also acceptable but may necessitate you being declared unfit for flying for longer than three months. If you have had laser eye surgery you will need to bring your pre-operative refraction details to your medical examination. You will also need to supply a surgeon’s report stating the post operative refraction, confirmation of stable vision and the absence of any complications including glare.
In short, if you had needed glasses to pass the medical, laser treatment as an alternative to wearing glasses will actually stop you getting said medical.
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

I had experimental LASIK done in the US 1n '98. I had severe myopia and astigmatism. I have been happy that I did it every day since (although 2 years ago I needed to start wearing glasses for driving a night- but then, I was over 45). I still spend most of my time without glasses (as now) after wearing them since I was in the first grade.
Best decision I ever made, as was going to the leading practicioner in my area (who cost more than 3x as much as Canada, but had done more than 3,000 similar operations). My husband had it done in 2001 in NYC and the lead dr. wound up stepping in and finishing as he had issues with the thickness of his sclera (I think).
He is also extremely happy with his choice.(I still have light sensitivity- I always wear sunglasses when it's sunny- but then, I always did. He doesn't.)
Just get the best dr. (who has done it a lot!) and actuallly look to see if it makes sense for your eyes before making a decision.
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

Had the custom Wavefront Lasik done a few years ago in Seattle by a guy who specializes in it and teaches others. Couldn't be happier, esp since I wore glasses from the time I was in 2nd grade. I had both of mine corrected for distance and just wear reading glasses. If you're going to do it, don't go the cheap route (find someone with many years experience and a good track record) and definitely ask questions (as a scientist, I found myself asking questions the poor examining optometrist couldn't answer....I wasn't being an ass, just curious). When I stop and ignore everything going on around me, I am still amazed by having a whole field of vision be clear instead of just where I happen to be looking. Science: we believe in it because it works, bitches.
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Science: we believe in it because it works, bitches.
So, as a scientist, you'll be happy to confirm that - due to the human eye currently having only one lens - anyone who is in (or destined for) the wonderful world of bifocals will still need glasses at the time they enter Bifocal World (despite any previous laser correction)
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Old 30.12.2010, 07:52
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I'm curious about all of you folks who are relating your experiences with satisfaction... were you nearsighted or farsighted prior to your surgery?

It's been a few years now and can not recall confidently but it seems to me that LASIK, while an option for some who are farsighted, it is less recommended for them than for nearsighted folks.

The reason for this is that generally, folks who are nearsighted have steep corneas which offer "easier" reshaping than the flat shaped corneas of folks suffering from farsightedness. I want to say the opthalmologist who conducted the seminar I attended said that the incidences of side effects - and "mistakes" - were greater in those who are farsighted as there are increased chances of cutting the cornea too thin.

I was nearsighted and had a not-quite-severe astigmatism. As I recall, I was also told that it was less of an option for far-sighted folks, but... I was 19 and not paying much attention to other people's problems.
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

Just to mention another side effect from my experience of laser eye surgery 7 years ago.

Sometimes when driving at night I get a halo effect which means that car taillights for example are not sharply in focus. It only happens quite rarely, typically when I have been driving for a long time and my eyes are tired, and the road is badly lit.

It certainly wouldn't stop me recommending laser eye surgery, apart from this one disadvantage I have been delighted with it.
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Had the custom Wavefront Lasik done a few years ago in Seattle by a guy who specializes in it and teaches others. Couldn't be happier, esp since I wore glasses from the time I was in 2nd grade. I had both of mine corrected for distance and just wear reading glasses. If you're going to do it, don't go the cheap route (find someone with many years experience and a good track record) and definitely ask questions (as a scientist, I found myself asking questions the poor examining optometrist couldn't answer....I wasn't being an ass, just curious). When I stop and ignore everything going on around me, I am still amazed by having a whole field of vision be clear instead of just where I happen to be looking. Science: we believe in it because it works, bitches.
Experience and information shared by a scientist cannot be more helpful, plus, I do believe in science !

I am a bit concerned about the other comments related to those who have farsighted, like me (hypermetropia)
It seems to be more risky somehow... I fear this a little.

I don't know anyone who had farsighted and had the Lasik or other eye surgery. My cousin went to the clinic in Lausanne, where I took my apointment to check whether I can have it done or not. She had severe myopia and now she is more than happy. It has totally changed her life.
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Old 31.12.2010, 21:06
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

I have been assessed for LASIK in the UK and was quoted a thousand pounds.
My husbands eyes are so bad that the only thing he is suitable for is the lens transplant operation. In the UK we have been quoted 5k through vision express. I think the benefit of the lens transpant op is that you never have to worry about cattaracts (cant spell that!) or your long distance sight deteroriating.
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Alright !!!

Just wanted to tell you guys that it has been 2 weeks now that I had the surgery and it is going more than great !!! It is amazingly awesome !!!

I had the FEMTO-LASIK, the surgery last less than 15 min I think and there is no pain felt either right after the surgery or the next day. I was very impressed and it was less scary than going to the dentist where you get to see all the torture instruments...

I recommend the FEMTO-LASIK to everyone who can get it !

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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

Are the new generation of last eye surgeries been developed so much that their are a lot less complications and infections such as what Venturello mentioned? Is it fair to say that things need to be met before surgery ie.

1. Eyes stabilised - Stop growing ie. over 25yo?
2. Be under a certain vision level? e.g I am currently +5/+5.15: Does this level or any higher pose risks associated with any surgery?
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Alright !!!

Just wanted to tell you guys that it has been 2 weeks now that I had the surgery and it is going more than great !!! It is amazingly awesome !!!

I had the FEMTO-LASIK, the surgery last less than 15 min I think and there is no pain felt either right after the surgery or the next day. I was very impressed and it was less scary than going to the dentist where you get to see all the torture instruments...

I recommend the FEMTO-LASIK to everyone who can get it !


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Are the new generation of last eye surgeries been developed so much that their are a lot less complications and infections such as what Venturello mentioned? Is it fair to say that things need to be met before surgery ie.

1. Eyes stabilised - Stop growing ie. over 25yo?
2. Be under a certain vision level? e.g I am currently +5/+5.15: Does this level or any higher pose risks associated with any surgery?
By 'eyes stabilised' I'm guessing you mean that your prescription no longer changes. Yes, that is something of a requirement. Not quite sure about the 'vision level' question but one thing they do test is your corneal thickness. If it is too thin, they won't do it, even if your prescription isn't that bad.
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By 'eyes stabilised' I'm guessing you mean that your prescription no longer changes. Yes, that is something of a requirement. Not quite sure about the 'vision level' question but one thing they do test is your corneal thickness. If it is too thin, they won't do it, even if your prescription isn't that bad.
Correct, your prescription must not change for at least 2 years and you have to wait (it is better) and not do it when you are too young, teenager...

They test your corneal thickness and also your eye pressure (not sure it is the right term) for example, I had high pressure (around 18 and 20 for each eye) but my corneal is much thicker than the average, so it almost means that I have a pressure of 15 in the end... No problem to get the Femto-Lasik.
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

Also they told me: Every person is different and the choice of type of surgery, the time of recovery, the risks and so on are also different from a person to another.

It is possible to share with you guys who are interested our experience with the surgery but you must ask directly the doc for precise and detailed info.
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

My prescription has only changed once in about 4 years (5 -> 5.15) so I wonder if that is still ok...

I think I might wait till I head back to Australia because most private health insurances now offer laser eye surgery after 18months (for each eye) or pay a small subsidy to have them all done at one time. Since I suspended my health insurance when I came to Switzerland, I can probably get it done after 6 months home
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My prescription has only changed once in about 4 years (5 -> 5.15) so I wonder if that is still ok...
It should not be a problem at all. Then, of course, it is not the only factor.

Go for it whenever and wherever you want !
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Re: Eyes surgery, who got it ?

I had it done 4 years ago and have not regretted it for one moment.

If you play golf, although it does not help with the general direction of your shots, it is great not to ask you friends where your ball ended up! I also find driving much more relaxing as I can read the signs in advance rather than at the last moment.

I went back to the UK for the procedure as it was cheaper there at the time and opted to have Intralase treatment, with Wavefront surgery with Optical Express, they are all over Europe, with clinics in Germany for example. It did not hurt a bit and the only point that I found awkward was when the surgen told me to remain stock still for the next 10 secs and I suddenly thought "What if I sneeze?"

Again I would really recommend the treatment.
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