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    Re: LASIK Rules


    Good choice Bubba....

    I had mine done in 2011. Just started noticing that i need readers, im almost 45....totally unrelated to the LASIK procedure i had tho...

    Should have had the vision correction 10 years earlier.

    I paid $5000 for my LASIK

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    Re: LASIK Rules

    Be very careful about putting money into an FSA for LASIK unless you have been FULLY screened first. A few years back I had a preliminary screening done that said I was a candidate so I set aside money in the FSA for the surgery, but when I had a more thorough pre-surgery screening done that included dye and pupil dilation they discovered that I had a rare corneal condition (meesmann dystrophy) that meant they couldn't guarantee the outcome. I said no thanks so I was stuck with figuring out how to spend the use-it-or-lose-it FSA money. I ended up losing some money.

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    That's what I had yesterday; the full screening. Dilation, the whole spiel. My next visit will be the day of the procedure. They took 5928 photos and scans of my eyeballs. Did a full eye exam. Measured lens thickness. Yada, yada.
    I was anxious to get the consultation in before yesterday for that reason. Wanted to be sure I was good to go before the enrollment period closed. What I did not do was give myself much time to think it over. Maybe for the better. Not that I ever overthink things.

    What the hell. I've raced frickin' motorcycles around in circles with a bunch of egomaniacs hopped up on red-bull and adrenaline. What's getting zapped in the eyes in an elective procedure compared to that?! Costs were comparable too. Way better women/dude ratio at this outing. See, there are upsides.

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    So.. Long story short, I'm not getting my eyes blasted by lasers anymore. I was all set to do it last winter. Decided to hold off until Jan 1 to use the FSA @ work to get this paid for pre-tax. One thing led to another and I'm only finally ready now. Been too long so they want me back in for another test. No problem with the prescription, that's pretty "stable" .. but what's this scan? That doesn't look right. Hey, we just bought this fancy new scanner. Let's see what that shows. Yuh, what we were afraid of. Sorry sir, we feel you are not a suitable candidate for this; the risks are just too high, your eyesight isn't bad enough and you are over 40 now.. so you'll have readers soon enough anyway. We are not interested in taking your money.

    Time to find something to spend $2500 in FSA money on.

    Do we think motorcycle knee guards would qualify? I have recent knee surgery. (Meniscus tear.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    So.. Long story short, I'm not getting my eyes blasted by lasers anymore. I was all set to do it last winter. Decided to hold off until Jan 1 to use the FSA @ work to get this paid for pre-tax. One thing led to another and I'm only finally ready now. Been too long so they want me back in for another test. No problem with the prescription, that's pretty "stable" .. but what's this scan? That doesn't look right. Hey, we just bought this fancy new scanner. Let's see what that shows. Yuh, what we were afraid of. Sorry sir, we feel you are not a suitable candidate for this; the risks are just too high, your eyesight isn't bad enough and you are over 40 now.. so you'll have readers soon enough anyway. We are not interested in taking your money.

    Time to find something to spend $2500 in FSA money on.
    What about dental? I'm doing Invisalign now, I foolishly wouldn't get braces as a kid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Sorry sir, we feel you are not a suitable candidate for this; the risks are just too high, your eyesight isn't bad enough and you are over 40 now.. so you'll have readers soon enough anyway. We are not interested in taking your money.
    I'm in the same boat as a high risk due to past retinal and lens injury. Would be nice to get rid of contacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Time to find something to spend $2500 in FSA money on.

    Do we think motorcycle knee guards would qualify? I have recent knee surgery. (Meniscus tear.)
    You can get prescription MX knee braces, and yeah they can get into the $2500 range.

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    I am a real wimp who needs to be put completely under even for wisdom teeth removal, forget watching a laser rip up my eyes. Google is inconclusive on whether we can get Lasik done under general anesthesia. Anyone have personal experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    So.. Long story short, I'm not getting my eyes blasted by lasers anymore. I was all set to do it last winter. Decided to hold off until Jan 1 to use the FSA @ work to get this paid for pre-tax. One thing led to another and I'm only finally ready now. Been too long so they want me back in for another test. No problem with the prescription, that's pretty "stable" .. but what's this scan? That doesn't look right. Hey, we just bought this fancy new scanner. Let's see what that shows. Yuh, what we were afraid of. Sorry sir, we feel you are not a suitable candidate for this; the risks are just too high, your eyesight isn't bad enough and you are over 40 now.. so you'll have readers soon enough anyway. We are not interested in taking your money.

    Time to find something to spend $2500 in FSA money on.

    Do we think motorcycle knee guards would qualify? I have recent knee surgery. (Meniscus tear.)
    You're 40? sheesh

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    Regrettably so.

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    Last time I went to my eye doctor, he told me that I was beginning to develop cataracts but it would be 10 years or more before I notice pronounced symptoms, but, I do have glare issues when I drive or ride on a rainy night. (not so much on back roads with no traffic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    You can get prescription MX knee braces, and yeah they can get into the $2500 range.
    Point me at 'em... we need a thread..

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    I am a real wimp who needs to be put completely under even for wisdom teeth removal, forget watching a laser rip up my eyes. Google is inconclusive on whether we can get Lasik done under general anesthesia. Anyone have personal experience?
    I doubt it - you have to stare at a dot while the procedure is happening, so your eye stays in one place while the machines do their thing. If you move, the machine stops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    I doubt it - you have to stare at a dot while the procedure is happening, so your eye stays in one place while the machines do their thing. If you move, the machine stops.
    That's a fucking terrifying process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEG View Post
    That's a fucking terrifying process.
    It isn't even close to as bad as you make it out to be.

    When I was 21 I had the procedure done with my 60-something year old grandmother. It only takes a minute or two and it was actually pretty trippy. My light was green not white FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEG View Post
    That's a fucking terrifying process.
    You wouldn't know what was happening if they hadn't explained it to you beforehand. That being said, smelling your eye is gross.

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    I've been wearing glasses for 25 of my 32 years. Astigmatism is a bitch. I can't see my hand clearly until it's 4" from my face without glasses. My prescription has been stable for over 10 years and Lasik sounds cool but the risks don't outweigh the benefits for me yet. I also don't know what I look like without glasses; they're part of my identity.

    Spending a few grand on something that has a remote chance of jacking up my night vision, however small, isn't happening. 50% of my driving is after dark.

    When it's foolproof I'll consider it.

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    Sooo....I'm thinking I'm gonna do this. 27 years of glasses and contacts and I've had enough. Been working nights lately and juggling when I wear my contacts has pushed me over the edge. I've never heard anything bad from anyone who's done it, only from people who are afraid to do it, but no first hand negatives really. Looking at the Boston area, anyone got any recent first hand experiences? I've heard a little about issues driving at night with lights and stuff which would be an issue for me. Any huge price differences or is everyone pretty much the same? (I'm not going to Canada) Planning on having some consults and if I'm a candidate I'll do it last week of January when I have my next vacation.

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    Looking at the Boston area, anyone got any recent first hand experiences? I've heard a little about issues driving at night with lights and stuff which would be an issue for me. Any huge price differences or is everyone pretty much the same?
    I went with Boston Laser. The staff were all incredible. I opted to purchase something akin to a guarantee, as my vision ever changes they will re-do the procedure for free. It was like $1000 more but that was cheap insurance for me knowing that down the road as my eyes age I can have it done again with new tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0xmonkey View Post
    Sooo....I'm thinking I'm gonna do this. 27 years of glasses and contacts and I've had enough. Been working nights lately and juggling when I wear my contacts has pushed me over the edge. I've never heard anything bad from anyone who's done it, only from people who are afraid to do it, but no first hand negatives really. Looking at the Boston area, anyone got any recent first hand experiences? I've heard a little about issues driving at night with lights and stuff which would be an issue for me. Any huge price differences or is everyone pretty much the same? (I'm not going to Canada) Planning on having some consults and if I'm a candidate I'll do it last week of January when I have my next vacation.
    Locals have pretty high praise for that place next to not your average joes in Dartmouth.
    They said my lens was too thin upon consultation by just a couple microns, so I can’t go any further on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0xmonkey View Post
    Sooo....I'm thinking I'm gonna do this. 27 years of glasses and contacts and I've had enough. Been working nights lately and juggling when I wear my contacts has pushed me over the edge. I've never heard anything bad from anyone who's done it, only from people who are afraid to do it, but no first hand negatives really. Looking at the Boston area, anyone got any recent first hand experiences? I've heard a little about issues driving at night with lights and stuff which would be an issue for me. Any huge price differences or is everyone pretty much the same? (I'm not going to Canada) Planning on having some consults and if I'm a candidate I'll do it last week of January when I have my next vacation.
    I think I'm in the same boat as you. I didn't mind wearing monthly contacts, but I had an allergic reaction to them and can't go back. So my option is daily contacts or stick to glasses.

    I'm fine with glasses most of the time, although I did splurge and get a pair of prescription sunglasses which makes a big difference. But it's a pain working on the car or the bike while wearing glasses, or going swimming, and I have to wear contacts if I'm on the KTM or the Honda.

    I'm due for an eye exam so I'll ask my optometrist about it. I guess I'd use the HSA to pay for it next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    Locals have pretty high praise for that place next to not your average joes in Dartmouth.
    They said my lens was too thin upon consultation by just a couple microns, so I can’t go any further on that one.
    I go there for glasses and such, I'll add them to my list.

    Anyone know if this is tax deductible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0xmonkey View Post
    I go there for glasses and such, I'll add them to my list.

    Anyone know if this is tax deductible?
    ummm, I would think so, as you can use a flex spending plan to pay for it, and that $ comes out pretax. but don't quote me on that.
    I went for my consult in oct last year, right before open enrollment for 17, thinking I could enroll and schedule it for 1/1, but no dice on my own eyeballs.

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    That stinks. We don't do the flex spending thing but I'll have to look into the tax/insurance thing.

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    The weird part is when they push this flat piece of metal over your eye, with a round hole for part of your eye to stick up through, then take this motorized clipper thing that looks and sounds like a set of hair clippers and slide it across the metal and shave a flap of your eye off.

    And you are awake.

    The oddest part of it was feeling the cold splash of eye juice hitting your cheek/face when they do the cut.


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