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Should I get Lasik surgery?

Asked by k2times (40points) October 31st, 2007 from iPhone

I’ve gone through the exam and I’m a candidate for wavefront. I’ve worn glasses for over 15 years though, and I’m not sure if I should make the change. I’m also a little concerned about something going wrong…

Anyone else had this done recently?

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sjg102379's avatar

I was just discussing this with my eye doctor, and he said that one should do LASIK as soon as possible in order to have the optimum amount of glasses-free years. LASIK corrects farsightedness, but as you age, you’ll have the same problems with nearsightedness as everyone else, and just like many older people will need to wear reading glasses. So depending on your age, and how close you are to the reading glasses years, it might not be worth it, because you’ll need to wear glasses regardless. Besides that, he totally encourged it, as long as you go to a reputable doctor.

christybird's avatar

I used to wear contacts but my eyes became very intolerant of them right around age 25. I figured at that point I could either invest several hundred dollars into getting a nice pair of glasses and prescription sunglasses, or a couple thousand on Lasik. I chose the Lasik, and I’ve been extremely happy with it so far. I haven’t had any of the issues that sometimes result, like seeing halos around lights, chronic dryness, etc. It has been three years since I had it done – I went from -2.25 in each eye to pretty much 20/20.

I think “modern medicine” doesn’t do so well with certain things – chronic pain conditions, for example – but when it comes to things like burning a tiny layer of cells at the back of your eye with a laser beam to correct your vision, it rocks.

gailcalled's avatar

Make sure that you do not have an astigmatism issue. Lasik is not good for that. And as Christygrosbeak (she rocks too) says, there may be side effects. Do one eye at a time

inkysocks's avatar

Definitely NOT. Laser surgery only (attempts to) correct the symptom (of an incorrectly curved cornea), and doesn’t address the root cause, which is: emotional stress that manifests as physical stress in the muscles of the eyes. I encourage you to read “The Power Behind Your Eyes” by the optometrist Robert-Michael Kaplan, and join the many who’ve improved their eyesight naturally. Along with clearer eyesight, you’ll develop insight into yourself, and an understanding of why your eyesight deteriorated to begin with. Don’t believe that your eyesight is only capable of worsening at any given time in your life: with time, you can reverse your patterns of stressful seeing and improve your eysight back to normal.

inkysocks's avatar

By the way, in response to christybird, LASIK involves changing the curvature of the front surface of the eye (the cornea) and not the back surface (the retina). See:

christybird's avatar

Front of the eye, back of the eye, whatever. I definitely know there was burning of cells involved, I could smell it when they went in with the laser beam, ha ha! (Don’t worry, they give you an optional Valium before the surgery so it really doesn’t seem like such a big deal.)

In general I am very pro-natural remedies, the power of the mind, etc. but if you try developing insight into yourself and it doesn’t help your eyes, I think Lasik is a pretty good, safe alternative.

(@gailcalled, thanks! You rock too!)

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