I don't know who to believe about LASIK surgery. A close friend, and my own brother, have had it, and they both assure me that all concerns are BS and this is the greatest thing ever.
But then I read about the potential risks, and it doesn't seem so airtight. Especially when you have healthy, corrected vision going into the procedure. Is it really worth risking your eyes for something that as many as 20% of patients are still experiencing issues 6 months after the surgery, and some have permanent issues? IMHO, the procedures are not currently solid enough to risk healthy eyes, when your main complaint is merely that "I don't like glasses and contacts." It's just too risky for a strictly elective procedure.
Yes I think the following source is somewhat biased AGAINST LASIK. But it seems like many more sources are biased FOR it as well, particularly those who stand to gain from it. It is worth reading this stuff before you forge ahead, if you have otherwise healthy corrected vision:
BTW, my eye Dr. and my primary care Dr. still both wear their glasses, for some of the same reasons cited in the above source. Yes I've asked them why. I'm going to wait a bit longer to pursue eye surgery.
Navy doesn't allow Lasik, only PRK. Nature of the surgery (cutting the flap vs essentially shaving the eye) being the reason. Take that for what its worth.
If you are going to blame anyone, I would blame your surgeon who performed the initial procedure. I had PRK done to my eyes when I was a firefighter over ten years ago and I still see great. However, my doctor clearly explained the pros and cons of each procedure (LASIK/PRK). You doctor should have measured the thickness of your wife's cornea as well. This would have let her know if she was a good candidate for the LASIK surgery. With LASIK, creating that "flap" is an incision of the epithelial layer of the eye. In most people this does not 100 percent heal. This should have been clearly explained. I hope the best for your wife and a speedy recovery.
you can still serve in any of the armed forces, the FBI, the Navy DELTASEALS or as a greeter at home depot with LASIK or PRK -
OP, sorry if this hurts; but you over reacted.
LASIK and PRK are both extremely safe procedures that pruduce excellent results - yes you hve to guard your eyes a little more after the surgery than before.
My last deployment to Iraq was mid to late 2004. I started the deployment with contacts, I had to put them in or take em out every couple of days, they got dust in them very easlily, and tore or dried out from time to time. eventually the dust just got to bad and I switched to my glasses. Now I didn't have to worry about the sand and dust so much, but trying to wear good eye pro over my glasses kinda sucked, and the limited field of 20/20 vision was not ideal. I also had to guard against losing my glasses or finding them in the morning when I woke up in the middle of a gunfight (different story)
Soon after I got back I got LASIK done - it was the best thing I have ever spent money on, other than maybe my wife's engagement ring. I have not had any serious issues with halos, light sensitivity or dry eyes. Since then I have not had to worry about dust or trying to find proper eye pro. I have my full field of vision and no contacts to put in or out. I have been through two very physical police academies and have not had a single issue.
Again, sorry to the OP, but I will loudly proclaim from the rooftops that LASIK the best thing since sliced bread - as long as you get it done by a good DR, most of the folks here dont buy crap rifles, dont buy crap LASIK.
They allow you have LASIK done, but they wont pay for it. A buddy of mine is an F-15 pilot up here and he had LASIK done, I also have a former co-worker who is now a SEAL who had LASIK done about the same time that I did. Never heard a word of complaint from either.
Originally Posted by Hammer27
It.is a little scary. You need to find a highly rated doctor to do it.
My experience was similar to Preliator, wearing contacts and glasses overseas sucked, '06-'07 for me. When I got home I found the best surgeon in the state (luckily he was close by) and had PRK done. He actually would have refused to do LASIK on me because he said there was about a 2% chance of complications due to the thinness of a part of my eye.
Total cost was $4,700 that I paid out of pocket, could have had the Army do it but I would rather have the best do it than get it for free from Uncle Sam.
The recovery time did suck, but now I have almost no issues, I still get some sensitivity to light but nothing that my Oakleys can't fix. I went from 20/400 to 20/15, with my eyesight being 20/20 now 4 years later.