June 13, 2013

Lasik eye surgery

I have worn glasses since 5th grade and contacts since 7th.  Needless to say, it's gotten really old and annoying.  I have horrible eyes.  Horrible as in if I took my contacts out, I might run into a wall.  Seriously.  The other night when Tyler was driving us home from the wedding, I took my glasses off for a second.  It was actually really scary.  I am one blind mama that is thankful for the invention of contacts.

But these contacts?  They are driving me batty lately.  I have disposables and put some new ones in, thinking it was just that time.  But the new ones are bothering me too.  I have thought about lasik a lot, but have never done anything about it.  I did ask my eye doctor once and he did think I would be a good candidate for it.

Besides it being expensive, I am a major chicken.  I mean there's something about having to keep my eyeballs perfectly still while they take a laser to it (or whatever the heck they do).  And I heard you have to keep your eyes completely shut for an entire day.  Actually wait.  A day of laying in bed while Daddy takes care of the kids.  That part doesn't sound so bad.  I've heard from some people that their eyes are still hazy and they constantly have to use eye drops because they're always dry.  I've also heard from people that love it and have had no issues.

Have any of you done it?  I would LOVE to never have to wear contacts or glasses again.  It would be crazy to wake up in the morning and be able to see.  Or to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night without my glasses and NOT run into the dresser.  I just wonder if all the risks and possible complications are worth it?  I don't know if I'll ever do it, but I'd love to hear your stories or if you've heard other people's stories.  Good or bad.  Give it to me straight!

7 comments:

  1. If your eyes keep bothering you, you might want to get them checked for ulcers. You can probably google when Jessica Simpson had her eyes done on Newlyweds... I am not a candidate for it, but if I was, I still don't think I could do it. The husband has had it done and didn't have to keep his eyes shut after, just lots of drops for a week or two...he hasn't had any problems since (that was about 5-6 yrs ago).

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  2. My husband had PRK a few years back and he was miserable for 3 days and said he would never do it again. He still uses drops becausr his eyes dry out so badly. PRK is a lot more invasive though. My friend JUST had LASIK and was fine the next day. I kid you not she had it last Wednesday and has been at the gym all week. She slept 3 hours immediately following, woke up for drops and meds then slept another 5 and woke up feeling fine with great vision. Since you are only considering LASIK I think it isn't a bad option.

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  3. Nick had LASIK and I had PRK done. We both would do it over again in a heartbeat! Actually PRK is way safer and less invasive (they don't actually cut the cornia) but it does have a longer recovery. The first day for both procedures, you are extremely sensitive to light but just take a littl e nap and your good. Neither of us have any issues with dry eyes. As far as the actual procedure, it honestly is not bad...literally only a couple minutes each eye and it goes SO fast....I thought childbirth was 100 times worse :)
    I would totally recommend it and we are so glad we did it!
    Jessie Z.

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  4. I have terrible eyes too and have always wanted LASIK! I wear the daily contacts and its so annoying. I also am not a huge fan of glasses :( in keep telling myself one of these days I will suck it up and do it! It's just so expensive but I know will be totally worth it!

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  5. My Dad had LASIK done a couple years ago, (he was early 50's at the time.) He said it was amazing, he could SEE! Never had any problems and would def. do it again. He was up and at it the next day. He napped a long time right after the procedure and then was good to go.

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  6. I've had glasses (and contacts) since I was three. I'd LOVE to get LASIK! I was told prior to having kids that I had to wait until I was done having them as your eyes change with every pregnancy. And now that I'm 100% done, they told me I'm not a good candidate because I'm '35 and in 5 years you are going to have to still get glasses to see up close.' Bummer.

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  7. I had LASIK and it was great for a few years. Than BAM back to daily contacts. Notice most eye doctors wear glasses. I take that as a sign!

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