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04-01-2010 11:51 PM  10 years ago
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04-24-2010 01:18 AM  10 years ago
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04-24-2010 01:36 AM  10 years ago
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04-24-2010 11:14 PM  10 years ago
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Lasik was great for me. I used every type of contact and they all had more problems then Lasik. If you add up all the money saved on glasses and contacts it only takes a couple of years to pay back. Ten years later and I'm 20/10. I hate contacts!
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04-30-2010 06:27 AM  10 years ago
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Had LASIK 2yrs ago. The best money I've ever spent. Went from 20/290 and 20/295 to 20/15 in both eyes I suggest you look into it if your vision in really bad.
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04-30-2010 02:17 PM  10 years ago
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Well, just thought I'd chime in here and give my opinions.

I've been a contact lens wearer for over 15 yrs and have thought about lasik quite a few times since I do get tired of dealing with some of the dryness, redness and occasional discomfort that contacts are famous for. After asking a few of my eye doctors, I was told by all that even they wouldn't have it done. Not only for the POSSIBLE risks involved, but also because there is a very high chance that at some point your eyes will change again and the patient will be forced to go back to wearing contact lenses once again, being that once lasik is done, it cannot be done again and again to make necessary corrections as needed.

I have many friends that have had the lasik procedure done with great results. Some of my bowhunting buddies can shoot a target at 30 yards and hit the head of a golf tee, whereas I can barely see it. However to each their own. I, personally, cannot go through with it, as I only have one set of eyes and if those ever became damaged in any way, you don't get another chance to go in and do a "fix". What's done is permanent. One incident always comes to mind when I think of this topic... my Grandmother had cataracts and she saw a few doctors to get their opinions. They all said that this is a "routine" surgery. Thousands are performed and risks of complications are very low. In the end, she chose to have her cataract removed and unfortunately she was left blinded in her one eye, leaving her with only her right eye which also had very poor vision.

Everyone must decide if it is right for them and I congratulate everyone that had a successful outcome with this surgery. However, I personally chose not to have it done and will be sticking with contacts, as they're the safe alternative IMO.

Best of luck to anyone choosing to take the Lasik route.
Jeff
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05-05-2010 03:21 AM  10 years ago
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05-05-2010 03:25 AM  10 years ago
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More news:

http://lifeafterlasik.com/LASIK%20M...r%204152010.pdf

Ex FDA Chief of Medical Devices, Mr. Morris Waxler, PHD letter to Dean A. Kantis/LifeAfterLasik:
This letter shows all areas of perpetual failure and inability by FDA to provide "Reasonably Safe and Effective" FDA Approved lasers and devices related to LASIK elective surgeries.

http://lifeafterlasik.com/LASIK%20F...2019%202010.pdf

FDAWeb Editor/President, Mr. Jim Dickinson, letter to Dean A. Kantis/LifeAfterLasik:
This letter questions the FDA's ability to provide "reasonable assurance that FDA Approved devices are safe:"

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING LASIK DON'T DO IT, WAIT!
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05-07-2010 01:39 AM  10 years ago
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WOW...Sorry to hear - However, I know people who have had great success!

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05-07-2010 02:57 AM  10 years ago
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Lasik vs cataract surgery
In 2000 I had lasik surgery and went from 20/600 to 20/20. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the results. Then in about 2007 my vision began regressing to extreme nearsightedness again. I also had problems reading any street signs. To make a long story short, I was diagnosed by an optometrist that I had cataracts in both eyes. The eye surgeon had great difficulty determine the prescription for the implant lenses during cataract surgery. He said the topography of the cornea was very irregular and none of the computer models could handle such a topography. He said I was his first cataract surgery on a lasik patient. He admitted he had to guess on the prescription of the implant lenses, because the computer models couldn't determine the right prescription. Well, he was a good guesser - because after cataract surgery and implanted lenses in both eyes, I now have 20/20 vision in both eyes. I feel I can see better than when I had my lasik surgery. The surgeon was not sure whether the lasik surgery contributed to my cataract problems. All's well that ends well!!!
If I can't take it with me, I'm not going!!!
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05-27-2010 03:43 AM  10 years ago
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http://www.lifeafterlasik.com/LASIK...%20Concerns.pdf

May 10, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

I am Morris Waxler, Ph.D., former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official in charge of approving laser vision correction (LASIK) devices between 1996-2000 (resume attached). Thanks to pointed questioning by LASIK-injured patients, I have re-examined the data FDA used to approve LASIK devices as well as the data from subsequent scientific studies and now conclude that LASIK-induced risks of permanent loss of vision overwhelm the temporary benefit of visual acuity improvement. Please warn members of your organization that LASIK causes:

 The cornea to thin and bulge (keratectasia)
 At least 15-30%2 risk of complications including permanent eye pain, glare, halos, dry eyes, night vision and other problems.
 Only a sixty percent (~60%) chance of temporary reduction in dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

Doctor-induced keratectasia will occur in over 3,000 patients in 2010 (rate of 0.874 of about 700,000 LASIK surgeries expected to be performed annually). Between 700,000 to 1,000,000 eyes will undergo LASIK surgery in 2010 and tens of thousands will have permanent eye problems. Your sons, daughters, parents, and friends may be future victims, your grandchildren. Warn them.
If they, or you, have had LASIK surgery already and have a vision problem, or are concerned about potentially thin/bulging corneas then take the following steps:

 Report the problem to FDA immediately
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/
 Contact an independent ophthalmologist or optometrist
 Obtain the medical record of the LASIK surgery Glasses and contact lenses are safer alternatives to LASIK. Take good care of your eyes.

Regards,
Morris Waxler, Ph.D.
President
Attachment: Resume
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05-30-2010 05:46 PM  10 years ago
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I'm not going to do it when I GET 18 ARGH.... Unless I really get really bad eyes...
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05-30-2010 06:29 PM  10 years ago
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Did it. Absolutely no regrets whatsoever.
I wore contacts for 15 years and hated them!
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05-31-2010 11:44 AM  10 years ago
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I personally have had two friends damn near blinded by Lasik surgery. One of them will never fly R/C again..... EVER! barring some new technology.

The other friend healed enough that he can now fly...with glasses again, but still suffers from dry eyes pretty bad.

They way I look at it I consider myself pretty lucky to have, and be able to do the things I can. But for some reason if ten guys play the lottery I'll be the one that never wins so no way in hell I'm doing Lasik. My eyes are good enough that I can wait for some better technology to come along.

Mike
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05-31-2010 06:22 PM  10 years ago
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I did it too 4 years ago. Glad I did! Spent most of my life wearing glasses (I tried contacts but hated them). Now I have 20/20 vision and no glasses. It has been great!
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06-07-2010 06:30 PM  10 years ago
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I had lasik in 2004. I saw 20/15 in the beginning but my vision late in the day and at night was a bit hazy. The doctor said it was typical to not have the same night time clarity as when you have glasses because the glass lens captures light and focuses it to the eye. Without glasses you lose that. I don't know how much of what he said was true but it seems believable.
My vision has now slipped to a "hazy" 20/20. I went to the eye doctor again and got a mild prescription eyeglasses. I wear them at night while watching TV and driving at night. I haven't tried them while flying my heli's but I am sure they will help out alot.

I am glad I got Lasik, the risk is minimal as most have stated.
Just being able to see while participating in watersports without the hassle of contacts or glasses was worth it too me.

If your vision is really crappy, like the point to where your almost blind, get the lasik.
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06-17-2010 12:28 AM  10 years ago
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Thousands of hurt lasik patients.

http://www.lifeafterlasik.com/patients.htm
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06-17-2010 01:41 AM  10 years ago
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I'm another that had Lasik over 12 years ago and I still see 20/20, I went to the same eye surgeon that did my eye doctors eyes and paid big money (I think he got a kickback), but it was worth it. I took a chance and came up on the plus side, but hey, if you lived your life not taking chances, I guess you would never leave the house.

My eyes are a little dry sometimes but its no big deal. One piece of advice my eye doctor gave me was to not use Visene brand eye drops, something about it restricting your blood vessels in your eyes and you kinda get addicted to it, constantly needing more to relieve the dryness. I use natural tear type products instead.
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07-07-2010 02:14 AM  10 years ago
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09-29-2010 09:38 PM  10 years ago
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