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I checked into lasik about 3 1/2 years ago, the first Dr told me my corneas were to thin so I was not a good candidate and that I should instead go with PRK, I got a second opinion and that Dr told me my corneas were thin but that he could easily do it. Well I scheduled it and had it done in Feb of 04, both eyes seemed fine for awhile, as time went on my right eye got better and better but my left eye got worse. While monitoring this my Dr told me it was know problem and that all I needed was an enhancement which he performed in Aug of 04. Well as time passed and my eye healed it again didn't turn out as it was supposed to, I've been going back to him constantly since then with not only bad distance & terrible reading vision but ghost images & star burst around lights at night. These problems in the beginning were not constant, they changed from day to day.

Last year he recommended a second enhancement but every time he tried to "map" my eye the computer couldn't give him anything useable, this went once a month for 8 months, during this time my eye has gotten so bad that it is totally useless for reading and not much better for distance. Well last month he finally told me a have corneal ectasia, which is a bulging of the eye directly caused by cutting the flap for the lasik procedure, even after healing the cornea loses alot of it's strength as the flap only heals around the circumference of the cut. Until this bulge is taken care of my sight problem can not be addressed so I am scheduled to fly out to LA on June 6, to meet with a specialist, if all things check out he will surgically implant Intacs into my eye which are supposed to flatten the cornea, he will then do an experimental procedure called C3R (corneal collegian cross-linking with riboflavin) which will strengthen and stabilize my weakened cornea. If things work out I can then be fitted for glasses or gas permeable hard contacts to correct my vision. This second procedure is new and he is the only Dr in the country currently performing it, he's been doing it for only 4 years so there is not enough data to know how long it will last, eventually I will need a cornea transplant.

If anyone is considering getting lasik I would be very careful, due your own research and ask your Dr alot of questions!
 

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Good luck with your operation. I've been considering doing it, but at my age I'm told the success rate isn't the best. Sorry to hear of your problems, but I appreciate the information. Nevs
 

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5 years and all is good

Had my lasik done 5 years ago and all is good. 40 years old at the time.Started wearing glasses when I was 11.Any kind of surgery is subject to complications. Sorry that they happened to you.Good luck, Andy.
 
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Rob, Man I hate to hear that. I really hope everything works out.
 

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My wife had it done about 5 yrs ago and had some complications with one of her eyes.Her night vision sems alot worse and she still complains about blurry vision sometimes.
 
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I had mine done about 9 years ago and I did notice some night vision loss and had all kind of problems during the proceedure. It was pretty scary and I wouldn't do it again.
 

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LASIK COMPLICATIONS

I dont post often but this is a subject near to my heart. I had what was an experimental treatment done about 9 years ago in calgary alberta by dr howard gimbil. It was called ICL or implatable contact lenses, i was the 23 person in canada to get it done. It has been a 100% . I know the procedure was first done in the united states as i was given the literature to read before i took on the procedure, i guess i am just saying that it was 3000$ an eye then but i consider it a bargain as i used to have a 10 and a 6 diopter set of glasses. Now i have none i think even though it is expensive it is worth looking at. Using the words sale and good deal for my vision were just uot of the question.
 

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Sorry to hear that Rob,

The main reason I won't get it done is because of the cutting of the cornea. If there was some way to do it without cutting then maybe... I've watched the proceudre done a bunch of times on TV. I don't trust the human intervention part of it......

I know a friend of a friend that had it done years ago. About halfway through cutting his cornea the machine lost suction on his eye and it tore the cornea instead.... He's almost legally blind in that one eye....


Definitely not for me! I don't care how may people have had good success...
 

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Rob you know what they call a DR. that graduated last in his class? They call him DR. you really have to ck out who your seeing most people don't think of doing this. I see so called DR. in my profession all the time I know more than they do :roll: it's kinda scarry you just got to be carefull. Take care rob hope everything works out. Joe
 

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8) sorry to hear about your problem. one of the problems with lasik and other surgical procedures though is that people tend to doctor shop. one doctor tells them what they dont want to hear, so the go to another one, and another until they get the answer they want. some doctors are so full of themselves they think they can solve every problem. lasik, even with the ladar system, is still a very delicate operation that requires a surgeon that has lots of experience, and a high rate of success. it is a procedure that i have looked into and wont have done.
 

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I heard rumors... that it may become mandatory in the army?

I read an article, a few years back, that Special Operations volenteers are required to undergo Lasik, anyone want to confirm or deny? The point is to acheive 20/15 if possible. This would give them superior vision. not to mention reduce the potential problem of glare coming from glasses, as well as one less thing to get lost, left behind.

The second part was to require it for all troops in the future, kind of a freebie, once it is determined to be both safe in the long term and without complications.

Again, I read this several years ago. Nothing since.
 

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Rob that stuff does sound scary, hope things work out for you.

Over the years my eyes have needed stronger and stronger glasses so I can see when welding, I had thought about getting Lasik. But all the stories out there (and yours) about problems with procedures involving the eyes have me now thinking that wearing glasses while welding isn't really all that much of a hassle.
 

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Rob that stuff does sound scary, hope things work out for you.

Over the years my eyes have needed stronger and stronger glasses so I can see when welding, I had thought about getting Lasik. But all the stories out there (and yours) about problems with procedures involving the eyes have me now thinking that wearing glasses while welding isn't really all that much of a hassle.
Same here Dave, with these aggrivating Contacts :idea:



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Dave, I talked to my painter Arnie Bruck up in Monroe MI.
He has a genetic issue that is starting to get some treatments going.

from Arnie:

I would think the Kellogg Center at U-M in Ann Arbor could look at him and tell him what to do next.
Not much I know but he has been researching vision stuff for a long time
and he's a no BS kinda guy.
I suspect Kellogg would be a premier facility based on that.
 
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