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RockRunner
09-28-2010, 07:38 AM
I need to get lasik surgery but where do I go? Anybody who has had it? Who do you recommend? Any help is appreciated.

JadeRunner
09-28-2010, 08:50 AM
Tina and I had ours done at Denver Eye Surgeons. We both had to have PRK. Hers went smoothly, but my right eye had issues. It didn't heal back correctly and were always dry. They couldn't figure out why. I just couldn't get proper vision back in that eye. Then after a year and a half it finally came back to an acceptable level.

Dr. Kumar was excellent for Tina. Dr. Stahl was just Ok for me. I think my lesson learned was how critical it is to follow the prescription drops to a T and keep them constantly lubed the first few weeks to prevent dryness during the critical healing stages.

There is another thread about all this. I remember Farr having a bunch of issues. But, I would still recommend it.

rover67
09-28-2010, 09:18 AM
Read Matt Farr's Blog on it...

I have good eyesight so maybe I can't talk... but Allison had it probably 6 years ago and is happy.

Hulk
09-28-2010, 10:21 AM
I had it done in 2001. You can read all about my experience with Lasik here (http://rustybrain.com/2006/12/my-experience-with-lasik/).

Nine years later, my eyesight is about 20/60 or so. I don't wear glasses at the office except for meetings where they are projecting Powerpoint slides. I do prefer to wear my glasses for driving, especially at night.

Snowrun
09-28-2010, 10:53 AM
I had it done by DR. Dishler. I have had several other friends also have him do the procedure and everyone was resoundingly happy.

corsair23
09-28-2010, 12:23 PM
I got my "laser eyes" from the 20/20 Institute (http://www.2020institute.com/) must be 3 years ago now. I love it. My sister had her eyes done there as well and is also happy.

My suggestion would be to go in for free consults to 2 or 3 places and see what/who you like best and feel the most comfortable with. Get different opions about the different options. If you decide to go forward with it, heed ALL of the post operative instructions to avoid unnecessary complications or problems. Some places include the meds/eye drops with the surgery, others make you go buy them yourself (20/20 included them). Follow the strict regimen about eye drops, not lifting stuff, wearing eye protection, not rubbing your eyes, using only sterile perservative free eye drops, etc. Sounds like a PITA but the payoff/benefit IMO is way worth it :thumb:

The only issues I had were light sensitivity, halos at night (went away), my eyes seem to be a little slower to adjust to the transition from dark to light and vice versa, and dry eyes (although that problem existed before). Knowing what I know now I would do it again but the success rate still isn't 20/20 by any means. My sister-in-law got her eyes done (at a place that was less expensive than 20/20 after she compared pricing) and her eyesight is not 20/20, more like 20/40 or 20/60. Mine is 20/20 (even a little better actually) in both eyes :D

RockRunner
09-28-2010, 06:21 PM
Great info guys. I have been looking at 20/20 since they offer follow up work if your eyes go bad again. I will take the advice and go to three free consultations just to make sure I am doing the right thing. :rolleyes:

I was not aware that there were options to think about????:confused: Something like green to blue eyes or see thru walls option??? now that would nice :D

I'll let you guys know what I decide and if I have more questions. Any more info is appreciated so don't stop the posts.

treerootCO
09-28-2010, 07:18 PM
I had it done by Dishler. The choice you need to make is if you want to see now or see later. It will move your eyesight so that you can see just fine far away but can't focus up close. I think we will see lots of people later in life needing glasses to see up close. I can focus at about 8" but I used to be able to focus at about 1". Monovision seems like a bad idea to me plus you can't see 3D movies. Oh and your eyes will be dry all the time, no way around that as far as I can tell. I just got used to it.

nuclearlemon
09-28-2010, 07:55 PM
i also had dishler. very pleased. i had dry eye before, so i was somewhat used to it. i use theratears gel at night and keep a bottle in my lunch box.

LARGEONE
09-29-2010, 05:10 PM
X ?? on the dry eyes. But I wouldn't trade it for anything! I had mine done in 2001 by some shady doctor at the AF Academy who "moonlighted" at one of the local eye shops. Probably wouldn't do that route again, but it was all I could afford at the time and there were about 10 other officers who did it before me with great results.

Red_Chili
09-30-2010, 07:48 AM
Had mine done in Canada before it was legal in the states. TLC (The Laser Center) in Canada. They are now here. It was comparatively primitive then and I had an epithelial tear in my right eye that has been a bit problematic. I am right eye dominant and the right eye was not fully corrected which kinda drove my brain nuts for a bit (ah... that explains it... :lmao:). Nonetheless I was amazed and pleased.

Then about 5 years ago my vision worsened and due to some epithelial inclusion from the tear my doc referred me for 'warranty work'. The pulled back the original flap (they were unsure they could after so long) and used the new computer imaging and lasers. Instant perfection!

Because of vision changes I ended up with monovision. My dominant eye is eagle sharp at distance. My left eye is a bit more nearsighted and allowed me to read uncorrected until recently and even now it is helpful.

Strongly recommend TLC and monovision. They have been doing it the longest. They completely stand behind it for life too.

RockRunner
10-01-2010, 07:52 AM
Good info Bill. That is what I am worried about the most, having my sight getting worse after 5+ years and having to do it again. I have used contacts that were set up for mono vision and it was OK but I would like to see well all around.

Like Treeroot said he can only see clear up to about 8" but that is all I can do with no correction.

I think next week will be eye shopping after work.

Any more info please post up I don't want to go blind.:p:

Red_Chili
10-01-2010, 11:18 PM
Getting it redone, when and if your prescription changes, is really no big deal.

Romer
10-01-2010, 11:47 PM
I had it done January of 2000. I had horrible vision and it came out great. Over the last year my vision has gotten worse. 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in the other.

The eye doctor told me now that I am older, my eye muscles don't focus as well and thats why the vision has gotten worse. I had it done by Dr Roberts and he doesnt do it anymore. Insight Lasik said they would honor Dr Roberts warranty and redo them for $500 an eye.

I originally had LASIK and the result was almost instant with onlya few days of healing. The new dr says he doesnt want to lift another DRs flap and wants to do PRK. Supposedly, PRK is better in the long run, but takes a bit longer to recover and is a bit more painful during the first few days.

I am debating. I can see well enough, but I miss the 20/20 and am leaning towards getting it redone.

This doesnt do anything for reading and I had to start wearing reading glasses last year as well.

I almost wish the would lift the flap and redo the Lasik, but the surgeons dont want to do that at Insight

Any one have theirs redone with the normal LASIK vs the PRK?

Beachboy
10-02-2010, 08:55 AM
Had it done in 2001 by Dr. Goldstein in Denver. Still have perfect vision with the last checkup. My vision was pretty bad before the surgery. I checked around alot due to someone messing with my eyes. Dr. Goldstein was highly recommended and one other things I liked was that he did one eye in the afternoon, you went home, had a checkup the next morning to see if everything went alright and then the other eye that afternoon. Why, if something went wrong, you only messed up one eye, not two!!!

RockRunner
10-02-2010, 11:36 AM
Good info, the one eye at a time is sort of appealing. I was hoping to hear from people that had it done in the last few years.

Time to call some places and set up some appointments.

Red_Chili
10-03-2010, 07:58 AM
I had it done January of 2000. I had horrible vision and it came out great. Over the last year my vision has gotten worse. 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in the other.

The eye doctor told me now that I am older, my eye muscles don't focus as well and thats why the vision has gotten worse. I had it done by Dr Roberts and he doesnt do it anymore. Insight Lasik said they would honor Dr Roberts warranty and redo them for $500 an eye.

I originally had LASIK and the result was almost instant with onlya few days of healing. The new dr says he doesnt want to lift another DRs flap and wants to do PRK. Supposedly, PRK is better in the long run, but takes a bit longer to recover and is a bit more painful during the first few days.

I am debating. I can see well enough, but I miss the 20/20 and am leaning towards getting it redone.

This doesnt do anything for reading and I had to start wearing reading glasses last year as well.

I almost wish the would lift the flap and redo the Lasik, but the surgeons dont want to do that at Insight

Any one have theirs redone with the normal LASIK vs the PRK?
We went to Canada as a group of 6 or so. Two people had PRK, the rest LASIK. The PRK folks had blurry vision for quite a while, with redness and dryness, until the epithelial tissue healed over, and even then it took a while for the rapid growth tissue to settle down, 'mature', and give them clear sight. To my knowledge they are pretty happy but... my LASIK was instant great vision and really not much irritation (except for the epithelial inclusion, which is much less likely with modern techniques AFAIK - my epithelial layer was 'loose' which contributed to it).

When they redid my right eye, they lifted the flap even though 1) it was 12 years old, 2) they had never done one that old and told me that if they had any difficulty they would cut a new one. They worked at it a bit, but they were quite successful, and the new laser handled slight astigmatism wonderfully. I am extremely happy. Cannot say enough good things about TLC, and it points to the importance of getting it done at a chain rather than an individual doc. It was no charge despite being in another country.

Get a second opinion. $500 paid per eye for 'warranty' work seems hardly warranty. It would be worth it to pay cash on the barrelhead (or finance it) for doing it whatever way the medical facts suggest without consideration for a few bucks. Long term it won't amount to a hill of beans. Of course... I don't have a daughter in college... :lmao:

If they also suggest PRK... so be it.

Do be advised that at our advanced age <coff coff>, 20/20 of course means distance only. If you do a lot of close work like computer monitors you'll be wearing glasses. I do love my 20/20 or 20/10** in my right eye, and the left of 20/30-40 helps with close work (though lately even that is getting iffy as my lenses get stiff with age... LOL). The brain really does adjust as long as you keep your dominant eye distance-sharp.



** I do believe this helped in my taking of an antelope doe fawn at a personal best of 620+ yards this year. <Elvis voice> Thank you... thankyouverymuch...

RockRunner
10-03-2010, 10:59 AM
Sounds good, I was looking into a chain just because you have more recourse. I just have to visit some of them and see what I need and go from there. It is just a tough decision to make. Tougher than looking for my back or knee surgeons.