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    LASIK

    Hey everybody!

    Very off topic as talking basketball is just rough now.

    But has anybody had the LASIK surgery? I am just curious as to experiences and stories as I am thinking about getting it done. Thanks everybody!

    Go Cyclones!



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    Re: LASIK

    I had LASIK about 5 years ago. It has worked out well for me as my eyes were fairly weak (-3.75). My girlfriend had it about 2 years ago and her vision was extremely weak (-9). We both chose the monovision since we are over 40 y/o. The only problem with monovision is that it messes with your depth perception. I couldn't shoot pool very well for a very long time afterwards, but I think I am back to normal now. My girlfriend had to have a follow up procedure called surfacing because they didn't get her fully corrected with LASIK. We both now have pretty good vision - close to 20/20. She has permanent night blindness from the procedure, so she has to wear glasses when she drives at night - but she was basically blind before the procedure so she is pretty happy overall. Another complication we had was dry eyes because the tear ducts are affected. She had plugs installed which helps with dryness. I use drops every once in a while when vision is critical - otherwise my vision comes and goes a little bit depending on dryness. My recommendation is that if you have very weak vision or if you have financial assistance, you should definitely get the procedure. If you are over 40, you will need reading glasses after LASIK unless you get the monovision option. One other complication is that I have increased light senstivity, so I need to wear sunglasses a lot more. I never wore them at all before. I don't think the place we used was very ethical - they wouldn't acknowledge any of the side effects before or after the operations. They seemed to be very profit oriented. We had to pressure them to agree to the repeat procedure.


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    Re: LASIK

    I would recommend LasikPlus in West DesMoines. They did a really good job with mine. I was at 20:200 and now I'm better than 20:20. You also get a life time warranty- on your eyes (I know it sounds odd).

    It really isn't as bad as it sounds. My sister was amazed that I got it done because she figured I would be the last one in the family to have any kind of elective surgery.



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    Re: LASIK

    Wolf Eye Clinic in West Des Moines. Its your eye sight, spend the money for the best



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    Re: LASIK

    I have two friends that did it at Lasikplus in West DM. Both are very, very happy with results.



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    Re: LASIK

    Had mine done in 2001. I was 20/400 in one eye and 20/600 in the other eye before the surgery. I was 20/15 after the surgery. It has now faded to 20/20 or slightly less, but still pretty good. I'm thinking that I will need to have a 'tweek' done soon or go to reading glasses in the next year or two.


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    Re: LASIK

    I'm also curious about this for the future..A few questions for those who did it:

    a) How long does it take?
    b) What "prep work" do you have to do for it?
    c) What's the cost?
    d) Did your insurance cover it? If so, to what percentage?



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    Re: LASIK

    I can recommend going to Canada. In 2000, for our 10th anniversary we went skiing in Whisler for a few days, and then my wife had her eyes lasered ($999) in Vancouver. She's had perfect vision ever since, and I loved the skiing.

    Another option is to become a Farm Bureau member and get a 20% discount at Wolfe Eye Clinic.



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    Re: LASIK

    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    I'm also curious about this for the future..A few questions for those who did it:

    a) How long does it take?
    b) What "prep work" do you have to do for it?
    c) What's the cost?
    d) Did your insurance cover it? If so, to what percentage?
    About 2-3 hours depending on wait, but once it is done you are done for about 24 hours. You have to go home, find a dark cave and sleep it off. You also have to put drops in constantly for about 3 months after, and you are supposed to keep putting them in for a year.

    You have to buy some special eye drops and have your eyes mapped. The drops are about $70 and it takes about an hour to have your eyes mapped.

    Total cost is about $4000, but you can sometimes get discounts. I think I actually paid 3600.

    It depends on insurance. If your insurance doesn't want to pay, you can get financing which sometimes you can get at 0%. I was able get 0% for 2 years which was how long it took to pay it off.



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    Re: LASIK

    a) How long does it take? The actual laser takes a minute per eye and about 15 minutes total.
    b) What "prep work" do you have to do for it? See link below.
    c) What's the cost? I've heard about $4000 around here. Get 20% Farm Bureau member discount at Wolf Eye Clinic. Canada......see www.lasikmd.com.
    d) Did your insurance cover it? If so, to what percentage? No, but you can use flex spending.



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    Re: LASIK

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    About 2-3 hours depending on wait, but once it is done you are done for about 24 hours. You have to go home, find a dark cave and sleep it off. You also have to put drops in constantly for about 3 months after, and you are supposed to keep putting them in for a year.

    You have to buy some special eye drops and have your eyes mapped. The drops are about $70 and it takes about an hour to have your eyes mapped.

    Total cost is about $4000, but you can sometimes get discounts. I think I actually paid 3600.

    It depends on insurance. If your insurance doesn't want to pay, you can get financing which sometimes you can get at 0%. I was able get 0% for 2 years which was how long it took to pay it off.
    Thanks for the great info..

    As far as LASIK goes, the whole eye drops thing may sound like a pain in the *** to do? Or not? I wear contacts now, so maybe I'm thinking too much about it.

    I got a little less lazy just now and just looked at my insurance benefits. None for LASIK in network, although apparently I get a 15% discount with my insurance card anyway (on average). $4000 might not be too bad in any case..



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    Re: LASIK

    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    Thanks for the great info..

    As far as LASIK goes, the whole eye drops thing may sound like a pain in the *** to do? Or not? I wear contacts now, so maybe I'm thinking too much about it.

    I got a little less lazy just now and just looked at my insurance benefits. None for LASIK in network, although apparently I get a 15% discount with my insurance card anyway (on average). $4000 might not be too bad in any case..
    I was awful about putting the drops in like I should have.



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    Re: LASIK

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    I was awful about putting the drops in like I should have.
    Dare I ask what happens if you don't put the drops in enough? Vision reverts? You go blind?



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    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    Dare I ask what happens if you don't put the drops in enough? Vision reverts? You go blind?
    The lasik seems to mess with your tear ducks for some reason so you will have dry eyes for a while, it will go away in time but dry eyes are not a good thing.

    Some of the drops help prevent infection so those are important to keep taking. I've had lasik for about 2 years now and this past year I don't think I've used eye drops at all, but the first year I had to use them constantly.



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