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Pondering LASIK

October 27th, 2009 at 07:10 pm

Does anyone have LASIK? If so, how was your experience?

I am considering it, but it's so much money!

And to be perfectly honest, I can't justify it as a need either. I don't think. It may seem like an useful life improvement, but the truth is, I could also live with just glasses for the rest of my life.

I don't know. What do you think?

8 Responses to “Pondering LASIK”

  1. Analise Says:

    One of my DDs (the nurse) had it done and she LOVES it. She said it was definitely worth the money. Have you noticed how expensive it is to get prescription glasses? Ultimately, it may even save you money.

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    My friend had it done and went golfing that afternoon! She said it was the best thing she ever did.

  3. Purple Flower's Says:

    A co-worker of mine had it done about two weeks ago. She is happy she did it now, but she had some anxiety for a couple of days pre and post procedure. She is still experiencing some blurriness in her one eye.

  4. skydivingchic Says:

    I had LASIK six or seven years ago and am thrilled with it. I was 20/15 the day after surgery and drove myself to my followup with my contacts on the seat beside me. I'm still 20/15 today. I used my flexible spending account to pay for so I was able to save the taxes on it. For my lifestyle it has been awesome - no more worrying about a contact coming out at an inopportune time.

    My biggest piece of advice is to do your research before hand. Find a good doctor and ask him questions before commiting.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I had it done about five years ago and have never regretted it. Yes, it was a lot of money up front, but I have had no costs since then. I also got a guarantee that if my eyes get worse, I can have it redone. (Though I probably wouldn't -- I'm getting too old). Smile
    I too used flexible spending -- plus I got a deal through my employer. But be sure to go with a reputable company. No fooling around with your eyes!

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thanks for the replies so far. Do you guys still have vision insurance? Or is that no longer needed?

  7. skydivingchic Says:

    I do still carry my vision insurance. It is cheap and I usually still get my eyes checked each year, so it pays for itself. But do the math for your particular insurance to see if it is still worth it (assuming you end up 20/20 or better).

    Also realize that LASIK cannot fix the age related hardening of the lens (forget the fancy term), which is what leads people to need reading glasses. One option is to get your eyes corrected for monovision (one eye corrected for distance, one eye corrected for close up), which may put off the need for reading glasses for a few years. But some people can't deal with monovision and eventually you will most likely still need reading glasses.

    As CB mentioned, be sure to find out what your surgeon's policy for touch up surgeries is. Some include it, some don't. The stronger your prescription going into surgery, the more likely you are to need a touch up procedure.

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thank you. That was very helpful.

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