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Lasik

I'm thinking of getting it done.

Looking for feedback from people who've had the procedure.
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What kind of feedback you looking for? I'm glad I got it done, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. People complain about the money, but I haven't spent a dollar on my eye since. 5 years and counting, it's already paid for itself.

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Re: Lasik

Has your vision blurred at all since?
Do you recommend any specific place to get it done?
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I had it done about 10 years ago. Everything went well for the first 2 years and then I woke up one day with a terrible eye ache. This lasted for about a week. Then my eye site went completely blurry which cleared up after a few days. Now I can shoot laser beams out of my eyes and destroy things. It's awesome. You should totally do it!

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what kind of feedback you looking for? I'm glad i got it done, and i'd do it again in a heartbeat. People complain about the money, but i haven't spent a dollar on my eye since. 5 years and counting, it's already paid for itself.
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My girlfriend is getting Laski done tomorrow morning at UIC. I will post up how it goes for her.

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Had it done about 7 years ago. Absolutely amazing. Don't cheap out on the doctor.

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My girlfriend is getting Laski done tomorrow morning at UIC. I will post up how it goes for her.
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Had it done about 7 years ago. Absolutely amazing. Don't cheap out on the doctor.
What's a good rate for it these days?
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I went to Jackson Eye in Lake Villa. I would definitely recommend him to anyone. No idea what a good rate is now. Check with your insurance too, they may cover a portion of the procedure.

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No idea I paid $5500 back then. I used this place: http://www.chicagocornea.com/html/about.html

They have an office in highland park. Dr Epstein does the actual procedure.

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This is good stuff. Thanks guys. Feel free to add in more info.
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Price is 2720 per eye at the Millennium Park Eye Center. She said there are options per insurance that is given on an individual basis. She gets a UIC discount.

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Also went with Dr. Epstein, cost about 5K, did it several years ago (can't remember). Recovery was real quick, no issues. No blurriness, but my night vision significantly worsened after the surgery. It's been getting better and better in the past year, though. I assume it will recover completely in a while.

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I had it done a few years ago..... no regrets. BEST money I spent EVER. A little bit of discomfort during and immediatly after the procedure, but eyes were good within a day. Very mild halos on some bright lights during the night, but I had some astigmatism fixed. MUCH better than contacts any day.

Mine was done by a Cornea surgeon in Appleton, WI Dr. Vraebek.

Now the horror stories.

One friend is going back in this Friday. He had a genetic disorder in which the cells in his eye would separate, so his flap came loose. One eye was screwed up, other they were able to account for and fix. Had to come back and do PRK on the one eye.

Be sure to have ALL the pre-checks done, by TWO separate doctors.

Another co-worker had his eyes done, but shouldn't have had lasik. Corneas were too thin. The doctor ignored the problem and progressed anyway. He's basically blind in both eyes, waiting on cornea transplants (and suing the doctor).

Overall, I know of about 2 bad events in probably 4 dozen people who had it done. It is not risk free, but well worth the risk. Just be sure to get multiple opinions.
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Oh.... did I mention I now have 20/10 vision.
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Oh.... did I mention I now have 20/10 vision.
How bad were your eyes before? My contacts are -4.75 / -5.25. I worry that I won't improve to 20/20 and will still need correction.
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is it possible to screw up your eyes again after the procedure? my doctor said my vision may have finally stabilized last year but if youre indoors alot, stare at screens most of the day, is it possible?
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I had epi-lasik done about 5 weeks ago. I was near sighted and had astigmatism in my left eye. Now I am at 20/10. The worst part for me hasn't been the dry eyes or anything I read about, but the transition from far to reading near. It is now close to what it was before. Though it still takes a second or so for my eyes to adjust (focus). It is getting better progressively. No regrets on my part getting it done.

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I've been wearing contacts for um, many years.

I've had focus night and day, and you basically don't ever need to take them out, unless you're replacing with a fresh pair 4-6 weeks. So, it's like i can see.

I thought about the lasik lately too. Thanks for all the info.

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is it possible to screw up your eyes again after the procedure? my doctor said my vision may have finally stabilized last year but if youre indoors alot, stare at screens most of the day, is it possible?
Lasik will not prevent (or cause) your eyes from becoming worse. It's basically like starting with a clean slate. I can see fine now, but if my eyes were destined to go bad after I turn 40, they will get worse after I turn 40.

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How bad were your eyes before? My contacts are -4.75 / -5.25. I worry that I won't improve to 20/20 and will still need correction.
I had minus 7. something or other in both eyes and got better then 20/20.

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I've met a few people who have had it done, and they say it was one of the best things they did for themselves.
For me, it's not worth it- my vision isn't so bad that I feel I need corrective surgery. Hell, I barely have to wear my glasses.

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Had mine done at Kraff eye in 2006. Best money I have ever spent on myself. Highly recommend Kraff, he does a lot of high profile people and pro ball players. The old man has a practice in Chicago and his son has a place in downtown Chicago.
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I had minus 7. something or other in both eyes and got better then 20/20.
+1 I was about the same.

After the procedure, the Dr. was able to correct to 20/10 in one eye and 20/15 in the other. This was 7 years ago and my eyes haven't changed since.

I went to lasikplus. http://www.lasikplus.com/ in Chicago. I would recommend Dr. King Aymond. He's one of the best and works out of the Schaumburg and Chicago location.

It cost me about $3,700 and comes with a lifetime warranty should your eyes ever need touching up. It was the best money I could ever spend.

If you get a price quote from a lasik place and they say they can do it for something like 599.00 per eye or something thats too good to be true, run outta there as fast as you can!! I'm sure they are not using the lastest technology or outdated equipment. Don't go cheap on your eyes and do lots of research on the lasik place and doctors that is preforming the surgery.

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If you get a price quote from a lasik place and they say they can do it for something like 599.00 per eye or something thats too good to be true, run outta there as fast as you can!! I'm sure they are not using the lastest technology or outdated equipment. Don't go cheap on your eyes and do lots of research on the lasik place and doctors that is preforming the surgery.
+1 This is really important. Usually for that kinda money a tech not a doctor does the procedure and you don't know what kinda equipment they are using.

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It cost me about $3,700 and comes with a lifetime warranty should your eyes ever need touching up. It was the best money I could ever spend.
Was that price with or without insurance?

Also, were there any additional costs (follow up, eye drops, etc)?

This thread is very helpful!
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I had it done about 10 years ago. Everything went well for the first 2 years and then I woke up one day with a terrible eye ache. This lasted for about a week. Then my eye site went completely blurry which cleared up after a few days. Now I can shoot laser beams out of my eyes and destroy things. It's awesome. You should totally do it!
The tires on my bicycle are laser proof so don't be getting any ideas.
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Ive thought long and hard over this. Alot of people had it done and love it...... but what if your the 1 that something goes wrong on. You only get 1 set of eyes. Having the chance of never seeing again (my daughters,My grandkids, a sunset,a beautiful girl,nekked or with clothes on)is the only thing that stops me. I know its so common and its been perfected to a point, but there are so many things that cant be controlled that could go wrong, ie doctor being hung over or distracted, laser breaking(we know how reliable technology is). I'll get it done when my eyes get so bad I cant wear contacts or am almost blind.

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