Would You Get Laser Eye Surgery

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by darksidZz, Jun 18, 2007.

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Poll closed Jul 3, 2007.
  1. Yes

    62.5%
  2. Yes (only if it's free)

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  3. No (I don't wear glasses)

    6.3%
  4. No way man I'm not crazy!

    31.3%
  1. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    It's only a poll, I wasn't sure where to put it so please don't infrac me if it's not in the right place

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    Honestly that McDonalds #4 was just a joke S.A.M

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  3. sandy Banned Banned

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    No. Everyone I know who has had it done has side effects. Everything from overcorrection to undercorrection to induced astigmatism, night glare, halos, dry eyes, haze, corneal abrasion, inflammation, infection, etc.

    I'm not trying to scare you but I'm serious. Every single person I know has some side effects.

    They're using a laser. On one of your most precious senses. My advice: don't do it. Wear glasses or contacts instead.

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  5. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    I'm thinking about it.
     
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  7. orcot Valued Senior Member

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    I'm all for it, there is also some method where they carve into your eyes but I rather have the laser surgeon then that.
     
  8. fLuX Registered Senior Member

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    Curious, do you require the use of glasses or contacts?


    Everyone I know who has had this done had no bizarre side effects. But then again I suppose you won't really know until you do it yourself. I'm planning on getting it done. I hate contacts and glasses.
     
  9. sandy Banned Banned

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    No glasses for me. And I know SOOO many people who have had lasik. They all say it was not worth the side effects. One guy can't drive at night anymore. He's only 30!

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    Your eyes are too precious to take a laser to them. Go for the glasses or contacts.
     
  10. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

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    I would only do it if all else failed. I think the technology is too young and time is needed for all the downsides to be assessed and adressed.
     
  11. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

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    I had Lasik about five or six years ago and my eyes have been nearly perfect since.
     
  12. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    How may is SOOO many?
    Did they all go to the same crappy doctor?
    Lasik, as a whole, is highly successful - though the rates vary by doctor and by region.
     
  13. Dark520 Rebuilt Registered Senior Member

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LASIK#Complications

    Well, it seems like it's fairly safe, yet there are still chances of complications. I think I would still take the chance of it though. I would definitely make sure that I had all the prior screenings to assure myself that there would be no probable complications.
     
  14. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    How much does it cost anyway?
     
  15. Nickelodeon Banned Banned

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    £250 per eye.
     
  16. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    Is that 500 USD?
     
  17. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    Last I looked it averaged about $400 - $600 per eye.
     
  18. darksidZz Valued Senior Member

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    I've seen different kinds they talk about. I want the least invasive... do ya know what that is gonna cost me? It could be fun walking around without eyeglasses!
     
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  21. fLuX Registered Senior Member

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    Only 30? That's very unfortunate. I've spoken to many who have had little or no trouble after lasik, although you do propose a good point. Personally, I hate contacts, and glasses. I will do more research after speaking to you aobut this, however. I thank you for your input, until now I was under the impression there were no risks.
     
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  23. madanthonywayne Morning in America Staff Member

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    I don't know what cut rate doctors you guys are going to, but most reputable Surgeons charge about $1500/eye.

    The best lasers all have some kind of bizarre deal where you buy the laser for $500,000 and then must pay $100/eye every time you use it. So between the cost of the laser and the fee to use it, the surgeon is out some serious cash before he even starts.

    Some cut rate surgeons get around this by using "generic" lasers that don't require the fee, but personally, I'd prefer the good one.

    Regarding side effects, the most common are dry eyes, poor nite vision, and residual refractive error. The first two are quite common and usually go away after a month or two. The third might require an "enhancement" (a second surgery) if you want a full correction. Beyond this, there's always the remote possibility of some bizzare infection or flap complication; but these potentially devastating problems are quite rare.

    Overall, about 99% of patients are satisfied with the results of LASIK.

    Anyone over forty should be aware that they will require glasses for reading after LASIK.
     

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