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    Anyone Had Laser Eye Surgery?

    Has anyone here had laser eye surgery or know someone who has?

    I've been thinking about it for years. At first I looked at Lasik. Having a metal blade chop off a part of my cornea was not tempting. Then clinics started using an all-laser method (femtosecond laser), where a laser does the blade's job.

    Still a flap is made which is risky regarding infections usw, and I've read of possibilities of it opening up after for example a punch to the head or a car crash.

    Recently I found a different method called cTEN which is based on the old method PRK but enhanced and is now all-laser. This method doesn't produce a flap. Problem is it seems there's only one clinic that uses this method. And it's in Tromsø in northern Norway. I'm not entirely for going abroad for surgery, even if it's only to the neighbouring country. Re-visits etc...

    This clinic seems good though. They have completely abandoned the Lasik method because of the risks. Many of those who work there have had surgery done on them. One of the surgeons has had it done on his son.

    I think I'll wait until cTEN comes here or I'll have the all-laser Lasik done.

    This is where I am now and would be glad to here some stories regarding this.

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    I know several people who have had the surgery. Some of them are happy with the results, others not so much.

    The guy who is unhappy finds that the view that he gets is not the same as good vision with contact lenses. Apparently you can see the lines where the laser cut your eye is what I gather from his comments to me.

    I wouldn't worry as much about eye trauma, since that can happen to a perfect eye. Do you get in a lot of fights now? If you have a wild young-guy lifestyle you can put off surgery until you are a bit older and more settled (i.e. not likely to get into fights, and older guys get in less car accidents).

    All the same, a trip to Tromso doesn't sound that bad from Sweden. My dad visited Los Angeles, Kentucky and Utah from Montana for his eye surgeries/treatments. He had was blind from cataracts and macular degeneration, so he had a much more serious problem than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angharad View Post
    I wouldn't worry as much about eye trauma, since that can happen to a perfect eye. Do you get in a lot of fights now? If you have a wild young-guy lifestyle you can put off surgery until you are a bit older and more settled (i.e. not likely to get into fights, and older guys get in less car accidents).
    I plan on applying for police academy so I don't want my eyes to be fragile. Although I suppose you don't really get punched in the face every other day even as a cop. It's probably not too much to worry about, like you say. And the trips are doable, if I can't wait for it to come here. Did your dad get his vision back with laser? Lasik? Thanks for your reply.

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    Fights can be real dangerous. Most people go straight for the head and eyes. I almost went blind when someone scratched me in the eye.


    I have a slight stigmaticism. Put your right eye in front of a window screen. Or put a dark pantyhose over your head. That's what I have. It's about 50% vision loss.
    Though that doesn't make me handicapped. I can still read and see very well with correction, though I might have a problem on a 800m sniping range.




    I advise against wearing glasses (especially in public) for several reasons.


    1. Courting. Women see the Glasses and the first thing that comes to mind is either Nerd or bad genes. Obviously that's a major turn off for 99% of the female population.


    2. Respect. Unless it's in a Library, men in general will not give you respect. They will see you as weak.... Not willing to defend yourself. They think that you won't raise a fist in return, fearing that your $200 pair of designer glasses might be broken. And indeed that seems to be the case for most men wearing glasses.


    3. Danger. See above. If someone sees you wearing glasses, they will assume you a coward and bad fighter, but more importantly, they will think it gives them an advantage... I.E. Knock/Crush the glasses and your blind. (Like Wilma from Scooby Doo "My glasses! my glasses! Has anyone seen my glasses!".


    Nevermind that I'm not even blind! I'm near-sighted. I can usually read textbooks without a problem and can sit on my desk, far away from the laptop, and read with a little zoom.)





    Personally I would advise against LASIK. Almost all my Doctors have warned me about the complications and problems that arise in about 25% of subjects. Despite LASIK being fairly recent, there are already reports of degrading eyesight and even blindness within 5-10 years. I don't even want to imagine how bad it will be in 20-40.
    There are better alternatives to LASIK in development. Some will be available within a few years. And I think the air-breathing contacts (put them in, take them out a month later) will be available within the next decade

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    I've wore contact lenses for years, just for the sake of freedom from it and them falling out when boxing I went for a consultation for laser eye surgery.....They wanted £6000
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    Best Decision I Ever Made...

    I had laser lasik done in 2000, and I'm happy for it every day. My advice is to get one eye done at a time. That's what I did. The doctor didn't want me to do it that way, but I insisted. So they scheduled me for one eye, and I went and had my left eye done. Even though they covered my eye afterward, I could see through a slit and noticed my vision was perfect. Right then I told them that I would be staying to have my right eye done.

    It cost me $5,500(USD). It was a straight fee of $2,750 per eye, so I didn't have to worry about any extra charge when I originally chose to schedule one eye at a time. Other doctors may not be so accomadating.

    I experience some dryness in my left eye, but not at all during cold weather. It may have been a byproduct of the surgery, but it is really no bother at all.

    If you want to be a fully functional human being, especially as a cop, you want this surgery. Your eyes will not be fragile. Your eyes will be the same as everyone who's had 20/20 vision since birth. No worrying about contacts falling out or glasses being shattered. You'll be confident and ready to fight. And think of all the life threatening and life changing situations in which people find themselves whether they be trapped somewhere or stranded somewhere or their house burns down or whatever. You'll never be worrying about having and protecting your contacts and glasses. You'll be fully functional.

    Do it. Do it now.

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    My dad didn't have lasik, he had a cataract surgery, they replaced his lens with a plastic intraocular lens transplant. He had almost perfect vision for a while, then started to have dry macular degeneration (possibly age related). For that, he had treatments that worked for a while, then he ended up legally blind.

    My grandmother however had the same cataract surgery (note to self: wear sunglasses, cataracts run in the family) and never had any problems and near perfect vision afterwords.

    I don't know how dangerous it is to be a cop where you are from. Here most cops try to keep from getting punched in the face. Their guns seem to deter most of this, since criminals would know that if you punch a cop, he or his partner will probably beat the crap/shoot you/kill you.

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    I have decided not to go with LASIK. Because of the possible flap related complications and how it's not good to be hit in the head when you've had it done. Considering all the fighting that will be practiced at police academy if I go there. The only cons with Epi-LASIK and cTEN would be that it takes longer to get good vision, but rarely more than a month, and that it hurts more; totally worth it.

    I found a good clinic in Stockholm that uses mostly Epi-LASIK but hasn't begun using cTEN because they want to "wait and see". I asked if I could do my surgery in Norway and have the checkups done in Stockholm. Possible but every checkup would be about $150... And usually checkups are done after about a week, a month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and maybe 18.

    Next step is to check with the clinic in Norway if I can get the surgery cheaper if I don't come for checkups. Hm. What an opportunity for them to be uncareful.

    Possibly I'll just have the Epi-LASIK done here in Stockholm although I don't like the idea of having some machine remove cells out of my forced open eye.

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    I had PRK a few years ago. Basically it's like LASIK, but they don't cut a flap in your eye and you get one eye done at at time.

    I don't regret it.

    My only complications have been with night vision. I have a little bit of something called ghosting with certain things, mostly at night:
    Yellow street signs, lit up store signs, street lights are the main ones. I can't read street signs too well at night. Ghosting is like double or triple vision, but the extra images are see-through. It doesn't really hinder my driving, but it is annoying.
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