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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Anyone had lasek or lasik eye surgery done? Looking into this soon and looking for some good places to get it done.
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I had mine done about 10 years ago at Laser Eye Institute in Troy.


No problems since. If you are over 40 you may need weak reader glasses for close up, I use a +1.00.

This is because as you age your eye's range of focus changes.
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Had mine done at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology. Sucks for a day or 2 afterwards, but soooo glad I did it. Pay extra money for the custom wave lasik... They couldn't do it in my one eye and that one killed.
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2 of my closest friends had it done. They are now both legally blind......
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I had mine done about 10 years ago at Laser Eye Institute in Troy.


No problems since. If you are over 40 you may need weak reader glasses for close up, I use a +1.00.

This is because as you age your eye's range of focus changes.
I had it done at a different place, Beaumont, but the 10 yr. and over 40 thing is correct.
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2 of my closest friends had it done. They are now both legally blind......
Thats because you talked them into using your work laser.

And you were drunk.
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I had it done about 10 years ago at a place in Novi, can't recall the name. I'd do it again in a heartbeat but it wasn't without a little grief. I am left eye dominant but my right eye turned out better. Left is 20-30 and right is 20-20. Keep in mind that they consider 20-40 a success.

I need readers in the 1.75-2.0 range.

If you end up needing readers you will find it takes a while to get used to the little things. For my entire life, any time I needed to look at something close, I would take off my glasses and get real close to see. Now I need to put glasses on and lean back. After 10 years I still tend to lean in and then realize I have to lean back. LOL

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Old August 27th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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If you end up doing it, I'll clue you in on somethings that they didn't tell me.
1. When they put the suction cup on your eye it hurts. Bad.
2. You are temporarily blind when they put the suction cup on.
3. It's a weird feeling, knowing your eye lids are open, but you can't see a damn thing.
4. Fucking ouch. When the machine puts the pressure on.. FUCK.
5. (For me), It's very hard to concentrate on the red light when you can smell pieces of your eye being burnt off.
6. Best 4300 dollars I've ever spent. Ever.
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Had mine done about 8yrs ago through D.O.C. down on Woodward and 14?mile I think. no complaints. Really is one of the better investments I've made
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I did it about 6 years ago when I was 22. I went to yaldo eye center. Paid more for blade less LASIK. Best investment I ever made!! The whole experience wasn't that bad for me. Did it Friday morning went back to work on Monday.
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If you end up doing it, I'll clue you in on somethings that they didn't tell me.
1. When they put the suction cup on your eye it hurts. Bad. Pussy
2. You are temporarily blind when they put the suction cup on. Yup
3. It's a weird feeling, knowing your eye lids are open, but you can't see a damn thing. Yup again
4. Fucking ouch. When the machine puts the pressure on.. FUCK. Pussy (again)
5. (For me), It's very hard to concentrate on the red light when you can smell pieces of your eye being burnt off. I thought that was pretty cool, and didn't feel a thing.
6. Best 4300 dollars I've ever spent. Ever. My wife worked for an associate of the Lasik doc, I got mine MUCH cheaper, $200/ eye.
You will go through a whole day of tests just to find out if you can even get the lasik done.
Wherever you go- get referrals. Ask if you can contact former patients.

Cost will depend on your eyes, mine were 'perfect' for lasik, mild nearsightedness, no astigmatism, thick cornea. If you are diabetic you cannot get lasik, the cornea will be too thin.
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I did it about 6 years ago when I was 22. I went to yaldo eye center. Paid more for blade less LASIK. Best investment I ever made!! The whole experience wasn't that bad for me. Did it Friday morning went back to work on Monday.
Agreed. Blade-less is the way to go. I did blade-less on one, and old fashion way on the other. They couldn't get the suction cup to stick on my one eye, so as I was laying there he said we can do one of 3 things, bag the whole thing, or just do the one eye, or to it the old fashion way. I chose the old fashion way. Watching him take a scalpel to your eye, and scrape away layers is unnerving.. and holy shit does it hurt afterwards.

and Bloomule, when you have to Doc standing up, using his body weight to try to get the suction cup to stick, and it doesn't work, yes, it does hurt, bad. He tried it 6 times before he gave up, and decided to use a scalpel to do the surgery.
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Agreed. Blade-less is the way to go. I did blade-less on one, and old fashion way on the other. They couldn't get the suction cup to stick on my one eye, so as I was laying there he said we can do one of 3 things, bag the whole thing, or just do the one eye, or to it the old fashion way. I chose the old fashion way. Watching him take a scalpel to your eye, and scrape away layers is unnerving.. and holy shit does it hurt afterwards.

and Bloomule, when you have to Doc standing up, using his body weight to try to get the suction cup to stick, and it doesn't work, yes, it does hurt, bad. He tried it 6 times before he gave up, and decided to use a scalpel to do the surgery.
I saw pics of Steveo's girlfriend. Nothing hurt my eyes worse than that.

All jokes aside- it is worth it. If you add up how many pairs of glasses you will no longer be buying, it pays for itself fairly quickly.
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It was the cleaning and storage solution for the hard plastic contacts I used to wear the decided it for me.
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I saw pics of Steveo's girlfriend. Nothing hurt my eyes worse than that.

All jokes aside- it is worth it. If you add up how many pairs of glasses you will no longer be buying, it pays for itself fairly quickly.
Also, check into your vision insurance. If you can prove that you've had to surgery, they will pay for a pair of non-prescription sunglasses, mine is every 2 years, up to 200.00. Can anybody say free Oakleys every couple years.
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I had it done a few yrs ago at shoreline opthomology in Muskegon. They did a very good job I was able to have the lasik with interlase where they use a laser instead of a knife to make the flap . I agree with Monkeybiz the smell of your own eyeball burning is not cool but hey they give you valume so you dont care . Whole procedure takes about an hr I think it was for both eyes . Any kind of lights will be absolutely terible for a week or so if you drive at night taillights will be as iff your staring into a solar flare . For me it was absolutely priceless I wore glasses since I was 13 Im 37 now and its just like having a new pair of glasses everyday now when you walk outside . 20/15 vision the very next day . I highly recomend it just like everyone else said do your homework on who your letting cut on your eyeballs .
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I had radial keratonomy (with scalpel) done in 1994 when I was 20. I was very nearsighted, and Dr Gerald Mullen fixed me up. I was 20 years old. My eyes are still excellent.
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great info guys. I have heard the laser eye institute in Troy is a great place to have it done. I will look into that place. Anyone have issues with driving at night, halos?
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They tried using the laser to zap away some of the scar tissue in my right eye after an injury that left me pretty much blind in it. Yeah it sucked and didn't do a dam thing. Scar tissue was too dense for the laser to be effective and I can't afford to go under the knife again so it is what it is for now.
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great info guys. I have heard the laser eye institute in Troy is a great place to have it done. I will look into that place. Anyone have issues with driving at night, halos?
The only issue I have is if I am driving for a long time (concentrating on what is in the distance) it takes a minute to focus on something close. Kind of a pain in the ass when I've driven for 8 hours and stop to eat- can't focus on the menu at first. But that relates to being over 50 now.

No halos, no problems.

One other thing I remember, and it may not apply to how it's done now, but in order to help the eye heal I had to do eye drops, and if your eyes normally don't tear easily they may recommend shunts in the tear duct to keep the eye moist. The shunts will dissolve naturally after a month, but I didn't need them. YMMV.

I think Laser Eye Institute is among the first to do LASIK in Michigan, before FDA approval you had to go to Windsor to get it done. RK (scalpel) has been around for 30 years, I remember considering it in my early 20's but at the time they would only do one eye at a time in case something went wrong. Not very confidence inspiring.
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