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I had ILASIK done at the eye center in va in January. Best decision ever. Surgery literally took two minutes. Went from around -5.00 in both eyes to 20/15 vision.
how much did this cost to get done?
It was $4000
Only have heard to two problems, my buddy had to go back twice due to blurriness and another buddy still needs reading glasses after getting it done. Two of my brothers and one sister have had it and rave about it.
Reading glasses are a fact of life regardless of the surgery. I had it done very early on and my eyesight was 20/15. Over 12 years, it is now a hair below 20/20. Just started to use reading glasses but otherwise have no issues.
lazy said... (original post)how much did this cost to get done?
lazy said... (original post)
how much did this cost to get done?
mine was 3100 with as many "touch-ups" as necessary within 5 years
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I had LASIK at 23, regressed back into glasses, and had PRK at 26. Fine now at 28. You can't really do LASIK more than once, but I believe you can have PRK multiple times.
Did mine at TLC which at the time had guaranteed/unlimited touch-ups as needed. Not sure if they still have that policy.
I had mine done at TLC in Frederick by Dr. Perot. Dr. Perot left and started his own practice. TLC will only do free re-do's if the surgeon who did you is still employed by them. I found this out because I went back to TCL (had to go to Rockville because they shut down Frederick when Perot left) and was basically told to pound sand. I think they should tell people this up front. I quote the guy "our doctors have a policy of not following other surgeons."
bnyman said... (original post)I got it done about 10 years ago, and it was the best money I ever spent. I was near-sighted and my prescription was 9.75. Now I have 20/15 vision and the only issue I have is a minor star-burst issue at night, but no biggie. I need reading glasses now, but that's called getting old. Things have definitely changed in the last 10 years so there's not much advice I can give you about procedures. The biggest piece of advice is that you only have one pair of eyes so get the surgeon that you feel is the best, regardless of price, or don't do it (or wait until you can afford him).
bnyman said... (original post)
I got it done about 10 years ago, and it was the best money I ever spent. I was near-sighted and my prescription was 9.75. Now I have 20/15 vision and the only issue I have is a minor star-burst issue at night, but no biggie. I need reading glasses now, but that's called getting old. Things have definitely changed in the last 10 years so there's not much advice I can give you about procedures. The biggest piece of advice is that you only have one pair of eyes so get the surgeon that you feel is the best, regardless of price, or don't do it (or wait until you can afford him).
Bump because I actually ran a search instead of starting a new thread.
I had a laser vision consult with my ophthalmologist today at Wilmer and because of a prior eye condition, I would only be a candidate for PRK and not traditional LASIK. For those of you who had PRK (or know people who had PRK), just how severe is the pain, how long is the recovery time, and how long until you actually see corrected vision? Doctor made no bones about the fact that I'd be on tylenol with codeine for a few days and that I wouldn't see the immediate improvement in vision that LASIK patients enjoy. She said it could be 3 weeks+ before I actually benefited from fully corrected vision. Wondering if I'm a fool for still considering it, but it kills me that I can't play sports or see at the pool or beach without glasses. My prior eye condition resulted from 16 years worth of contact lens wear and hence, it's either glasses or PRK.
My brother got PRK, he said it was incredibly painful. He sat in a dark room with sunglasses on for two days straight and was still pretty sensitive for a good week after that. I don't recall how long it took for his vision to be fully corrected. The benefit is that it is a much more durable and permanent procedure than lasik.
seriously ... none? ... zip? ... nada?
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I just went for a LASIK consultation over the weekend. They recommended I get the custom LASIK (wavefront technology) and also recommended collagen punctal plugs ($150 per eye) to help with eye dryness - these might just be BS add ons to get a little more $$, not sure.
However, I'm thinking of maybe consulting with another office just to compare since this would be a big decision.
These are some of the offices I'm considering in my area:
LASIK Vision Institute (Rockville) Dr. Anthony Roberts (Chief Ophthalmologist of the Washington Redskins)
LasikPlus (Rockville) Dr. Jay Lusbader (Chief of Ophthalmology, Georgetown University Hospital)
TLC Vision (Rockville) Dr. Andrew E. Holzman
Eye Doctors of Washington (Chevy Chase) Thomas E. Clinch, M.D. & Paul C. Kang, M.D. ( team ophthalmologists for the Capitals & Wizards)
Anyone here used one of the doctors above? Heard anything good or bad? After my initial consultation I was pretty much set on moving forward but then I decided I probably shouldn't just rush into this and make sure I pick a good doctor/company.
I'm fine with my glasses, thanks.
Seriously, though -- for the not-overly-vain, I personally don't see any reason to risk it. Complication rates are low, but the complication rate of not getting the surgery is zero (assuming you use glasses rather than contacts). Hell, I think I look better with glasses anyway...
And I guess part of it is that I see the worst of the worst wrt eye complications. I'm not willing to take even a minuscule risk that could be soo costly in terms of my professional well-being.
This post was edited by NOD 15 months ago
4 years ago - still 20/15 in both eyes. No problems and it was really not painful or that uncomfortable. In the end you just have to be calm and go with it. I used the Eye Center in Falls Church..
I had custom LASEK (not LASIK) last March. LASEK is just a variant of PRK that doesn't hurt as much. Recovery is still slower than LASIK, but your eye heals in a more robust way.
Anyway, if you've got the cash, I recommend it.
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If you are getting Lasik I would bag the $150 plugs. As you have read recovery is pretty damn quick. I can't remember where I got mine done but it was in Tysons. Reputable but far less expensive than the other places.
I had to go PRK as I said earlier. It's not THAT bad. First day is annoying, getting the right drops is key. How do I describe it? It's like a tiny bit of soap in your eyes. It stings to have them open, I'm talking about the first day here, so you spend a lot of time with them shut. Just listen to the radio. By the next day it's much better. Within a week I was pretty much good to go and pickiing out road signs from a mile away.
I'm considering it. My eyes are -5.00 and -4.50.
I'm not really concerned about the side effects, just not sure if it's worth the money right now.
I was -3.75 in both, spent $4000 on bladeless lasik in November. Now 20/10. I was one of the rare few who is immune to the numbing drops so um, it was very uncomfortable. I was good to return to work the next day however. So very worth it but spend the money for the best docs and equipment. Ive heard botch stories from people that went cheap and still have blurriness or needed several correction procedures. Mann Eye Institute in Austin is great.
NOD - I completely understand why a doctor would not want to risk it. I did it for 2 main reasons - swimming with the kids and martial arts. I can't wear contact lenses and I hated being in the pool with the kids and not being able to see them. That resulted in me rarely getting in the pool with them.
For martial arts, I was tired of replacing or fixing my glasses every month.... Lasik has been wonderful.
TLC did Tiger Woods, Fred Funk and other athletes.
oh shit I was about to start a lasik thread as I am considering it. Good bump.
can you still use redness drops like clear eyes, opcon A etc. after lasik?
Yes, they actually encourage you to use those natural tear drops for the first few weeks after you have it done, as many people experience dryness in the days after.
I had it done about a year ago. Don't even know what type it was, but it cost me about $6000. From what you guys say you paid, it sounds like I got raped.
20/15 in both eyes. I hated glasses and have this weird phobia about touching my eyes, so contacts weren't an option. I was definitely happy to use the valium.
Very happy I did it. Recommend it to anyone considering it.
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