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My husband has been casually thinking about having LASIK for a few years. Contacts aren’t really working for him anymore and he brought up investigating surgery again. He is nearsighted with a slight astigmatism. 

Most people we know who have done the surgery are happy with it, what about you?

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I had it over 20 years ago and was very happy.  My vision did continue to deteriorate though, and I did have to start wearing glasses again about 7 years ago.  But they are much thinner and lower prescription than I wore before.  I had and still have significant astigmatism, so contacts don't work as well for me.

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Very very very very happy!  Instant, significant, permanent improvement in quality of life.  And nowadays, I think it is way more affordable.

ETA I should note that I had the surgery about 13? years ago.

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Everyone I know who had that is happy with it except one guy who ended up with such bad dry eyes that he has to put drops in every half an hour and can't read nearly as quickly anymore.  That was pretty cautionary for me--not willing to risk it.

Having said that, I have a very tough, high prescription and my newest glasses are the thinnest I've had in probably 50 years.  The new materials are awesome.

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1 hour ago, goldberry said:

I had it over 20 years ago and was very happy.  My vision did continue to deteriorate though, and I did have to start wearing glasses again about 7 years ago.  But they are much thinner and lower prescription than I wore before.  I had and still have significant astigmatism, so contacts don't work as well for me.

This was my best friend's experience, too. She said after she had the surgery was the first time in her life she could actually see to tell which was the shampoo and which the conditioner when she was in the shower. When we were kids she needed Coke bottle type glasses.

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Very encouraging! My husband is 40 and I think he knows that it doesn’t necessarily mean no glasses for the rest of his life, but I think if he could get 10-20 years glasses free he’d be very happy. He’s been wearing glasses since elementary school and contacts off and on for about 15 years.

He has heard the dry eyes thing before, that was from someone who had the surgery many years ago. 

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1 hour ago, Carol in Cal. said:

Everyone I know who had that is happy with it except one guy who ended up with such bad dry eyes that he has to put drops in every half an hour and can't read nearly as quickly anymore.  That was pretty cautionary for me--not willing to risk it.

Having said that, I have a very tough, high prescription and my newest glasses are the thinnest I've had in probably 50 years.  The new materials are awesome.

 I do have very dry eyes, but I live in an area that is VERY dry in general.  I noticed the change when I moved here, not so much after my surgery.  That's why I don't do well with contacts here.  But many people don't.

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I had dry eyes for some time, but I weaned myself off the drops at some point. 

My mom has had dry eyes for decades and never had laser surgery nor wore contacts.  Some people are just going to have dry eyes.

I would say my eyes used to be dry before the surgery too, which is likely why contacts were so uncomfortable at that point.  I'm gonna say dry eyes without contacts are better than dry eyes with contacts.  And as for glasses - I despise them, LOL.  I had to wear them (or contacts) every waking moment since I was a young kid.  They hurt my nose, my ears, got fogged up in the winter, rained on, steamed up when I cooked, couldn't see when I went swimming etc. etc.  They were usually crooked and often broken.  As you can see, I have issues with glasses!  ?  So happy to have had 13 years without them so far.

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I had it done about 12 years ago.  I couldn't see the E on the eye chart before.  My vision was 20/20 for many years.  About 2 years ago my distance vision wasn't as crisp or clear so I now have glasses for driving and distance but very often don't wear them at home as I can easily see what I need to at home.  I was warned about needing reading glasses but so far, at 48, I don't need them to read.  My issue is I can't read with my distance glasses on so I take them off to read.  Very pleased I had the surgery though.

 

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My brother (age 36) just had his eyes done a couple of weeks ago. He didn't have lasik, but a different procedure. The worst thing for him was before surgery. He'd been a contact wearer for so long that the shape of his eyes had been affected. He had to wear glasses only for several months to let them readjust before surgery. 

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My mum and aunts had it done 20 years ago. They got a discount because it was still in a trial or something. They are all very happy with it. We were there and watched the procedure through the window and on a big screen, it was gross and I cried lol (I was a young tween) I remember walking out of the clinic with mum after the procedure and she was amazed at how everything looked.

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7 hours ago, Carol in Cal. said:

Everyone I know who had that is happy with it except one guy who ended up with such bad dry eyes that he has to put drops in every half an hour and can't read nearly as quickly anymore.  That was pretty cautionary for me--not willing to risk it.

Having said that, I have a very tough, high prescription and my newest glasses are the thinnest I've had in probably 50 years.  The new materials are awesome.

I know of someone who had it done many years ago and ended up with such dry and painful eyes that she ultimately committed suicide. I’m not willing to risk it.But my husband had it done and is quite happy. It took three tries to finally get to the point of not needing glasses, perhaps because he started with extremely bad, complicated vision and healed like a much younger person, according to his doc.

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I would do it in a heartbeat if it were an option for me. I researched it and everything — only to have my doctor (also a surgeon) tell me I wasn’t a candidate. There are some causes of bad vision (like mine) that aren’t correctable with lasik. I had never really asked WHY I had such horrible vision, as it had been something I’d lived with most of my life (vision started deteriorating pretty quickly around age 10 and I was legally blind with thick glasses shortly after; moving to contacts around age 13). 

So before he gets his heart set on it — have him consult with a specialist. I was pretty (really) disappointed and wished I had consulted about the cause before looking more into lasik.

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I just had Lasik done in January, at age 43. I waited so long because my vision took forever to stabilize, I needed a lot of correction (so greater risk), and my monthly contacts worked great until just recently (and I didn't want to hassle with glasses or daily wear contacts).

To avoid the reading glasses issue (I didn't need them before surgery, but I knew I would eventually), I opted for monovision Lasik -- one eye for distance and one eye for reading. It sounded horrible to me at first because I thought I'd be dizzy and disoriented. They gave me a trial with contacts to see if I could get used to having two different corrections. My brain couldn't even tell! When I looked far, my brain automatically looked out of one eye (and I saw perfectly), and ditto with the other eye when I looked close. I couldn't believe it. So, I opted for monovision Lasik and it has been lifechangingly awesome! And, hopefully, I will never need reading glasses now! One of my best decisions ever! So definitely give monovision Lasik a trial.

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My husband has an appointment scheduled for a regular check-up but talked to the doctor about surgery yesterday.  Insurance says they will cover it if it’s determined to be medically necessary, but the eye doctor says they never approve it. So if he does anything he will wait until February when he gets a bonus. In the meantime he’s back to wearing glasses for now. 

He hasn’t checked into types of surgery or talked to an ophthalmologist yet, he’s just beginning to seriously investigate the options. 

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