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I had mine done at TLC 4 years ago. Very happy with the outcome. My vision was terrible and I had worn glasses/contacts since about 12. I'm 20/20 now. One of the easiest procedures I have ever experienced. Literally nothing to it.
I ski and scuba dive and it is a thousand times better without having to deal with contacts. Glad I did it.
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Had LASIK done yesterday afternoon; in the office today. Quick and easy, no pain though the procedure is certainly a bit uncomfortable at times.
Commute home in the snow was fine.
Vision still fluctuating, but quite sharp throughout.
You mean RIGHT after or in general? I don't recall right after but you definitely can once you've recovered.
I keep a bottle in my camera bag and pop a few drops like an hour before I shoot anything. Sharpens the eyes up really well.
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
Anyone familiar with them? Are they reputable?
Eye Doctors of Washington EDOW with offices in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia is the premier choice for LASIK, Cataract Surgery and Complete Eye Care.
Evidently I'm not a candidate for LASIK because of previous dry eye problems and other stuff on my corneas. Anybody know anything about PRK? I hear it is much more painful, has a much longer recovery time, and your vision fluctuates so much in the first few days you're pretty certain that the surgery was botched.
Basically instead of peeling the cornea back they burn it off. It has to regrow so the recovery is much longer. They recommend it for people that are involved in very physical activities like MMA. Your vision ends up as good or a little bit better than it would with LASIK.
I had PRK back in February 2011. When I had my initial consultation, they decided to do PRK after I told them that I played sports. They explained that they liked using PRK on people who had a chance of receiving any sort of trauma to the face in order to prevent the flap created with traditional LASIK from opening back up before it is fully healed. I didn't care either way, I just wanted to not have to wear glasses/contacts any longer.
I loved PRK and would do it again in a heartbeat if needed. The PRK procedure took between 5 and 10 minutes total to complete both of my eyes. I had to lay down on the little bed, received some numbing drops in my eyes, had a little device placed around my eye to keep me from blinking and just laid there staring at a red light. The light is just part of the laser mapping your eyes while the cornea is being "reshaped". You can hear the laser as it is working on your eye. After a few seconds, they used a squirt bottle with some really cold liquid on my eye and then had a little brush to wipe the eye off. I could see my vision improving with each swipe from the brush.
In terms of recovery, the first two days were the worst for me. There is a lot of sensitivity to light (they recommend sleeping as much as possible) and I had some issues keeping my eyes open enough to put the various drops in (my wife ended up holding my eyes open the first couple days while putting the drops in). The only issue that I still have at this time (which I had prior to the surgery) is the halo effect around lights while I am out during the night. This is no better or worse than before I had my PRK. I was told that there was a chance this would go away after a few months, but I shouldn't get my hopes up.
Prior to my surgery, without contacts or glasses, I could not make out the giant E on the vision chart while sitting in the exam chair. As soon as I got up from the table when the procedure was completed, I was taken to the exam room to have my eyes tested and one eye measured 20/30 while the other measured 20/40. I could have legally driven myself home for the first time without glasses or contacts 10 minutes post-surgery. My follow up appointment the next day, both eyes measured 20/30. Follow up after three days was still 20/30, but I found out that some of the medicated drops (numbing drops) you receive after surgery actually slow down the healing process. After this day, I stopped using those drops and at my follow up a week after surgery, I had 20/20 vision in both eyes and am still at this point today.
This post was edited by terps1335 18 months ago
Just had LASIK done yesterday at TLC Laser Eye Centers - Rockville office, by Dr. Andrew Holzman. My eyes feel fine today. My vision is perfect, just some "halos" around bright light, mostly at night. This should go away soon. I have to use a bunch of different eye drops (one is a steroid, one an antibiotic, one anti-inflammatory and a few different lubricating drops for dryness) The procedure itself was mostly painless, just very mild discomfort and very brief. On the ride home from the procedure, my eyes felt weird, didn't want to open them much etc. Then got home took a round of all the drops and took a nap. Woke up feeling great, no pain or discomfort at all, just some dryness which is alleviated with the drops. And my vision is as good if not better than with glasses/contacts.
These typical last for several months - especially noticeable when you drive at night and when you see a movie in a darkened movie theater. It completely goes away but don't be surprised if it takes 3-4 months to go away.
Anybody else do the mono procedure. I'm on the wrong side of 40 and near sighted so they did my dominant eye only so as to avoid having to go straight to readers. Apart from the first few days when it felt like I had my eye peeled open at a camp fire, it's been great. Figure if I ever need X-ray vision I can pop in a contact in the other eye
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