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Eyes' laser surgery

I would like to know if there are people in Switzerland and in this forum that have made laser surgery in their eyes, to cure myopia or astigmatism. I read about several methods, 'lasik', 'prk' etc.

It would be useful to read about their experiences as I have myopia & astigmatism and I wear glasses / contact lenses.
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Old 24.09.2009, 18:00
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Re: Eyes' laser surgery

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Re: Eyes' laser surgery

I had laser surgery about 3 years ago but in the UK. I am short sighted and had the most expensive of the 2 treatments available at the time - it may have been LASIK but i'm not sure.
My partner who is long sighted and astigmatic also had laser surgery the year before me.
We have better than 20/20 vision
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Re: Eyes' laser surgery

i had it done in 1997 and it was the best thing i had ever done, well worth the money for me
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Re: Eyes' laser surgery

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I would like to know if there are people in Switzerland and in this forum that have made laser surgery in their eyes, to cure myopia or astigmatism. I read about several methods, 'lasik', 'prk' etc.

It would be useful to read about their experiences as I have myopia & astigmatism and I wear glasses / contact lenses.

I have not had it done, as an Optician in the US though one of the local (internationally famous actually) Opthamologists frequently gave learning seminars for continuing education credits... so I have a tiny bit of knowledge about LASIK.

What I can and will offer you is this:
LISTEN to your eye doctor. If s/he says you are not an ideal candidate, take it seriously.
If your astigmatism is more than minor... be extremely cautious. It is much easier to correct near-sightedness or far-sightedness than it is to (fully) correct astigmatism.
Also, if you are at the stage of life where you need glasses for both distance and reading, having surgery will correct more perfectly for one or the other than it will if you opt to go kinda halfsies to make both "somewhat" better (usually monocular correction... one eye corrected for improved near, the other for improved far) as those folks tend to still need glasses for long activities or truly sharp vision.

Frequently, folks who are myopic actually do "better" in some ways with sticking with glasses (even as compared to contact lenses), particularly if they also have astigmatism. The reason for this is glasses correct fairly close to "perfectly" for this... we are very used to the glasses making things extremely sharp.

Meanwhile, folks who are hyperopic (far-sighted) generally "never" get quite the same crispness as we do so tend to be slightly better candidates for such procedures... as they're less demanding usually.


Something of grave importance:
STAY AWAY FROM THE BUDGET SURGEONS!!
You wouldn't get new kidneys on a buy-on-get-one free sale or valve replacement surgery... why in hell do people get their eyes operated on by a doctor offering some sort of sale?

Surgeons are aware that surgery is expensive and most folks can't afford it straight off... reputable ones do not offer sales but do often have some sort of payment plan available.


Did I say already, listen to your doctor? This is vital.
If even one surgeon tells you that there is more than typical / minimal risk, do not do it. Do not go to surgeon after surgeon until someone tells you that s/he will do it even though the past 2 - 10 doctors have said it is a bad idea. These are your eyes we're talking about... unless there is something honestly life threatening going on with your eyes, it is seriously not worth the risk to your vision to bother with second or third (or tenth) opinions if the first doctor said no.


Finally... be aware that the surgery is not intended as a "never wear glasses again" solution. No matter the glowing things people say about how fantastic THEIR surgery went, many many people still end up needing to wear glasses for night time driving and fine detail work.


All that aside though... I do know quite a few folks (including doctors) who have had it done with fantastic results. I know quite a few others who, even though they do need to still wear glasses for certain situations, find it to have been well worth the time and expense.
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