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    Had mine done a year ago at Boston Laser, astigmatism and nearsighted. They have a generic disclaimer that says you may need reading glasses, to which I said why would I go from needing distance glasses to reading glasses? So, they just corrected my dominant eye. In most cases, as happened to me, the brain adjusts and I essentially see distance through my left eye and up close through my right. But, before doing anything they gave me one contact lens to see if it would work for me - took about a week for my noggin to figure it out. The procedure was a snap, but I was super sensitive to light for about a week afterward - bad enough I got a patch. But, it is really nice not worrying about glasses or contacts when on the bike, diving or skiing. I'd do it again, but maybe shop around for somewhere with a good reputation but more reasonably priced.

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    Girl @ work just had it done. I'm very jealous. She also planned ahead and used an FSA account with company match. Smart.

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    My astigmatism got to be bad enough that my vision could not be corrected with soft contacts. Either semi-soft (pronounced hard) or glasses were my options. I tried semi-soft for a while and hated them. I'd been in glasses for probably 7-8 years.

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    Re: LASIK Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonk! View Post
    Had mine done a year ago at Boston Laser, astigmatism and nearsighted. They have a generic disclaimer that says you may need reading glasses, to which I said why would I go from needing distance glasses to reading glasses? So, they just corrected my dominant eye. In most cases, as happened to me, the brain adjusts and I essentially see distance through my left eye and up close through my right. But, before doing anything they gave me one contact lens to see if it would work for me - took about a week for my noggin to figure it out. The procedure was a snap, but I was super sensitive to light for about a week afterward - bad enough I got a patch. But, it is really nice not worrying about glasses or contacts when on the bike, diving or skiing. I'd do it again, but maybe shop around for somewhere with a good reputation but more reasonably priced.
    Thanks for the reply... I 'll definitely need to talk to the surgeon. I've been shooting a TON of shotgun lately. I need to do that with both eyes open and I'm already at a disadvantage being a left eye dominant right-hand shooter. Definitely don't want to make that worse.

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    I'm so old I had prk done in the late 90's. One eye ate a time , three months apart.

    It was still great, but it hurt like hell for a week while the epithelium grew back.

    Then BEST part was the 10mg Valium they gave me first!

    Almost 20 years later, no glasses for distance, but as I've hit my 50's reading glasses.

    My son had lasik at 24 last year.

    As others have said, do it yesterday

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    What are you waiting for? I had mine done 14 years ago. One of the best decisions of my life. I'm active outdoors and not messing with glasses has been a blessing. I don't have 20/20 vision but its plenty good enough

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    I also had it done. About 4 years ago at Boston Laser with Dr. Melky.

    I had a LOT of pain after surgery. The 30 minutes immediately after the procedure was the worst. I had a white knuckle grip on the chair and was very close to hyperventilating. Pain was a 9/10, almost unbearable.

    After i was able to open my eyes, Niagara Falls worth of tears drained out. The pain subsided and then the added more pain killing eye drops.

    I do understand most people experience little to no pain. My experience is quite different.

    Id do it again, without hesitation.

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    It's interesting how different peoples' experiences have been. I had zero pain but was so sensitive to light I wore a patch for almost a week. The doc said this was very rare.

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    Ref from those @ work is Tallman Eye Associates. All thumbs up, would recommend.

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    Re: LASIK Rules

    fwiw, I prefer to wear glasses, means I have eye protection when riding even with visor up and when doing tasks that eye protection is recommended without having to search for a pair of safety glasses that I may not have with me cause doing such a task was not anticipated

    eye protection is one of the reasons I stopped wearing contacts years ago

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    Re: LASIK Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
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    Thinking about heading up to Montreal to get my shit fixed...
    Anyone care to chime in?
    Every year for the last 10 I've been saying I was going to spend my tax return money on it, but still haven't pulled the trigger. I was re-researching just a couple of weeks ago and it looks like the local going rate for bladeless is 2k-2.25k per eye. What did you find for bladeless rates in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassomatic View Post
    Every year for the last 10 I've been saying I was going to spend my tax return money on it, but still haven't pulled the trigger. I was re-researching just a couple of weeks ago and it looks like the local going rate for bladeless is 2k-2.25k per eye. What did you find for bladeless rates in Canada?
    $1,700 per eye. I'm sure I could find a cheaper spot... but I also spend good money on helmets, and scuba gear, and parachutes. I always say there's a big difference between tempting fate and waving your dick at it.

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    I know the temptation is there to look at it as $$ but you've only got one set of eyes. Go to a corneal specialist. Having had it done years ago I couldn't be happier.
    The one thing they often skip over is that lasik corrects distance vision (arms distance or greater) at the expense of near vision. You will almost certainly end up wearing reading glasses but most people end up needing readers when they get into their 50's anyway.

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    Had my consult this morning. I am "a prime candidate". Unfortunately I apparently need 2 types of correction; the astigmatism and some minor correction for distance. Means a more expensive procedure and higher probability that I will need reading glasses sooner. Quote is higher than most here are mentioning. But the outfit is well regarded and has the latest equipment. Canada isn't really an option for me. Best of all I figured out how to set money aside in an FSA and get the thing done pre-tax.

    Valium was part of the pre and post-op procedure. Spelled right out in letters I could not read because they had dilated my pupils.

    My biggest reservation is that my eye sight isn't that bad right now. I can drive and much more importantly race a motorcycle without glasses as it is. The (admittedly small) risks have me worried.

    STFU and do it, right?

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    I've thought about it a few times, but haven't done it. I'm not particularly afraid of it; I'm just not sure it's worth it for me.

    I've been wearing glasses 100% of the time I'm awake since I was 4 years old, so I'm well used to it.
    I'm farsighted, and with a lot of astigmatism, and that's a hard combination to fix.
    Between needing eye protection when motorcycling (as a daily rider), and frequently working in a lab, I'd be wearing something over my eyes half the time anyway.
    That's also why I've never gone to contacts -- many of the labs I work in don't allow them.

    So I just get my regular glasses with a safety rating and removable sideshields, and that works well enough. Maybe after I retire, and don't have to worry about lab safety anymore, I'll get it done.

    I had a friend, back in the '90's, who had it done and was thrilled. Her eyesight was pretty bad, and she used to wear contacts. Her wake-up call was one day on a skydive, she jumped out of the plane and wind hit just wrong and popped out one of her contacts. So there she was, about 2 miles up in the sky, heading down at about 120mph, with lousy depth perception. She scheduled the procedure the next week.

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    Motherfucker!!
    I also had a consultation today...I wanted to set myself up for this years flex spending acct.
    Dude said I'm not eligible.
    Ima get me one of those second opinions.

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    Finally found something I'm better at than the chipster.

    Enrollment period for my FSA ends in about 1.5 hours from now. So once 5PM local comes I think the decision is made. I think.

    I didn't wear glasses until I was in college. For the most part I've gotten used to them. But somedays I want to strangle shit from the pain and annoyance. The worst is that day you forget your glasses at home and spend all day wearing the 5928 year old, scratched to hell backups you have stashed in your desk drawer.

    I've always wondered if better vision would help me on two wheels. I figure it can't hurt. Part of the sales pitch to do both eyes is (much) better depth perception.

    Staff at the LASIK place DUMPED on contacts for my whole visit. "You don't wear contacts? Good, those are sooooo horrible for you." and so on. Little spin-zone going on with those cats.

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    Chip, that was a voting booth. You really do need Lasik.

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    It was tough to see through all the weed smoke.

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    I had the pre-cursor PRK in both eyes, three months apart, much more painful, but things are still good 20 years later except for reading glasses in the last few years.

    my 26 y/o son had it 2 years ago and is very happy.

    I'm hearing about a procedure to cure presbyopia (reading glasses) and would go in again if possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Had my consult this morning. I am "a prime candidate". Unfortunately I apparently need 2 types of correction; the astigmatism and some minor correction for distance. Means a more expensive procedure and higher probability that I will need reading glasses sooner. Quote is higher than most here are mentioning. But the outfit is well regarded and has the latest equipment. Canada isn't really an option for me. Best of all I figured out how to set money aside in an FSA and get the thing done pre-tax.

    Valium was part of the pre and post-op procedure. Spelled right out in letters I could not read because they had dilated my pupils.

    My biggest reservation is that my eye sight isn't that bad right now. I can drive and much more importantly race a motorcycle without glasses as it is. The (admittedly small) risks have me worried.

    STFU and do it, right?
    If you can drive w/o glasses, why are you even considering it? You're like -0.25 or -0.50 max then? Seems like a very small correction to blow a few grand on.

    (This coming from a guy who was -7.xx and thinks it was the best $3300 he ever spent, despite needing correction again at -1.00/-1.25 eight years later)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    If you can drive w/o glasses, why are you even considering it? You're like -0.25 or -0.50 max then? Seems like a very small correction to blow a few grand on.

    (This coming from a guy who was -7.xx and thinks it was the best $3300 he ever spent, despite needing correction again at -1.00/-1.25 eight years later)
    This. I'm -5.25 and -5.50 with contacts (so, worse again with glasses) and I'd just live with what you've got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    If you can drive w/o glasses, why are you even considering it? You're like -0.25 or -0.50 max then? Seems like a very small correction to blow a few grand on.
    Because I hate wearing the glasses and have to in order to read a computer monitor. Which is what I do for a living.

    Open enrollment to setup the FSA contribs closed at 5PM central yesterday. So I'm locked in, money is as good as spent.

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    You won't even notice the money, I don't think, with the pre-tax jibs and all.

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    Oh, I'll notice it. It's a sum great enough to buy a really swell motorbike.
    (I keep telling myself that's a childish way to measure expenses.)

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