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Do the eyes have it?

Is there anyone around here who has either had or strongly considered corrective vision work performed? I'm talking RK, Lasik, implantable contact lenses, etc. If so, please comment here, for I have questions. I'm concerned about what questions to ask, what things to be concerned with, how do I choose a good doctor, what process is best, how painful the process is, and many other items.

A little background - About 1980, I was told I needed glasses and was promptly given a pair. My eyesight got progressively worse, in a very quick timeframe. In the summer of 1986, my vision was so bad that I was designated as medically necessary for contact lenses, and started wearing them. Now, almost 20 years later, I'm tired of this.

Every morning, I wake up to a blur of a room until I force two large pieces of plastic in front of my eyes. Every morning, I step into a shower where I know instinctively where the soap and shampoo are, because I can't see them. I shove two pieces of plastic directly onto my eyeballs in order to function during the day. And while my eyesight has worsened to -11.75 diopters in each eye, and has been stable for the last five years or so. I figure that my eyes can now handle this.

What I don't know is if Lasik is even an option. My eyesight is horrible, with a capitial horrible. I think I've heard that Lasik only corrects up to -9 diopters, which I'm well over. I believe that's where intraocular lenses, or implantable contact lenses come into play. While this technology has been around for a while for things like cataracts, it was just recently approved by the FDA for vision correction, and long term studies have not been performed. A risk, yes.

While I know that I will need to talk to many professionals about this subject, including my own optometrist, opthamologist, and the people who may perform the procedure, I'd like to be able to ask intelligent questions of these people versus "Uh, so what do you do exactly?" This is, after all, the future of my eyesight that I am discussing, and would like to ensure that I get this right. So I'm fielding informal resources first, and thus this post.

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pettitte96
May. 30th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
I had LASIK about 14 months ago, and it was the best goddamn thing I've ever done in my life. Ask away.

I also have a book called The Laser Vision Breakthrough, which I read when I was looking into surgery, and which I'd be more than happy to send to you, as I no longer need it.
rialtus
Jun. 1st, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
The biggest, first question I have is how did you go about choosing a "good doctor"?

As for the book -- sweet googily moogily, Catherine, thank you! I'll drop you an email about that... If you want, we can carry on this whole thing in email.
jiggery_pokery
May. 30th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
A Friend of mine posted about his LASIK experience here and in subsequent posts over the next month or two.

I miss him; he just faded away from LJ. It's sad.
rialtus
Jun. 1st, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link, Chris. I've heard many other people say similiar things - itchy, don't rub, halo, etc. If I go through with this, I'm not sure how well those eyecovers at night are going to work, since I used to take off my head gear while I slept and throw it across the room.
zarchasmpgmr
May. 31st, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Not a question, but a question...

Do they make extended-wear in your corrections? Cheri recently started wearing hers overnight and she see it felt really good to wake up and be able to have some semblance of vision (of course, all the eye gunk blurs things).
rialtus
Jun. 1st, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't know. I've always had the hard, gas-permeable lenses which I clean nightly and soak in conditioner. I've never asked for anything else, assuming that the docs put me on these particular lenses for a reason.
zarchasmpgmr
Jun. 1st, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Depending on how long ago it was, rigid lenses may have been the only option. For many years, I couldn't wear contacts because of an astigmatism. But there's been a lot of changes in the past decade.

I'm now a happy contact lens wearer (although you wouldn't have know that this morning at 0430 when my &U#$%*@#$ left lens wouldn't go in).
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