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Im Blind!...... Now what?

So I had Lasik done yesterday. Spent the whole afternoon sleeping and avoiding bright lights. Not to mention taking percocet and Vallium . Today I have halos up the wazuu, but vision is 20/15.

Anyone else have this done? How long does the haziness last? Doctor said it would pass, but didnt say how long.

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Never having to carry contacts, glasses, eye drops, solution, and never having soaking wet clothes from the leaking solution bottle ever again on a motocycle trip.

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Best investment of my life. Funny vision should only last until the end of the day. You will still be sensitive to light for a while (maybe a month or two), but the next day I was able to go to work. 100% clear vision will probably take 3-4ish days.

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I heard that your eyes never heal 100%. That you will always have that flap they cut. Not a big deal for most. But for some it can be an issue. True?

I would like to get it done but I am very unsure about it.

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This is too much of a risk for me to do. At least with contacts, I know what I'm getting into. If this goes wrong, ur fucked.

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This is too much of a risk for me to do. At least with contacts, I know what I'm getting into. If this goes wrong, ur fucked.
big +1... while this sounds great and the tech has come a long way it helps to be able to see in my line of work
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You will have halos for a few days. After a week or so they will be gone but you will always have a bit of starburst or halos when looking at really bright lights in the dark or dusk. Things such as headlights and such. Best money I ever spent hands down. My eyes did not hurt at all after the procedure, no headaches or anything. Didn't take any pills for pain.

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How long does the haziness last?


youve always walked around in a haze this should be nothing new

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Haziness was gone for me within 48 hrs both on the initial procedure & enhacements later on.

Biggest post op risks are infection related so follow your docs instructions & be smart. No pools, no hot tubs, no strenuous excercise, don't rub your eyes, keep your hands clean, etc...
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I would always be concerned if the power went out in the middle of the procedure.
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youve always walked around in a haze this should be nothing new
Jackass shutupIhateyou

Yeah, the flap never heals 100%. The doctor was telling me he had done a correction on someone 7 years later and used the original flap. BUT, they say you can wear soft contacts after 3 months, in case the correction isnt perfect or whatever.

I had the custom iLasik done. Its supposed to fix all the little errors in the eye and completely get rid of starburts and halos once healed. Ill let you know this summer. Right now its better than dry contacts after a day of riding......even with the halos.... so Im happy.

Im fat, so the vallium didnt quite kick in fast enough. The first eye was pretty nerve racking, and I could feel the laser, both cut the flap and make the correction. The second was worse because I knew what was comming. Post-op I couldnt open my eyes because of light sensitivity for about 5 hours. That was annoying, but Ive always been a real sensitive guy.
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did you get to see the smoke come up from your eye(s) as the lazer did it's job?

i only did the one eye and no pain no halos no nothin i was good later that day

i was thinking the whole time this is just like an x-files show with all the lights and crazy clamp thingy for the eye

i want to drink, but only to kill a certain few brain cells and i don't care how many i have to take out to get to them.
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hope it heals up quick

I brought the trailer home yesterday adn already started stripping it to rebuild, it had plywood sides adn a deck they were well over a decade old id say more like 15 yrs. a swift kick and the sides all fell off

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I had wavefront done on one eye due to an injury. That was 8 years ago, no halos, pretty good vision. Btw, I was warned 'puters are rough on they eyes right after surgery.
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So I had Lasik done yesterday. Spent the whole afternoon sleeping and avoiding bright lights. Not to mention taking percocet and Vallium . Today I have halos up the wazuu, but vision is 20/15.

Anyone else have this done? How long does the haziness last? Doctor said it would pass, but didnt say how long.

Lasik = $3600
Burning eyeballs of death = Included in Lasik Fee
Brilliant Doctor with bed side manners of a brick = Included in Lasik Fee
Percocet and Vallium = $20 co-pay

Never having to carry contacts, glasses, eye drops, solution, and never having soaking wet clothes from the leaking solution bottle ever again on a motocycle trip.

PRICELESS
I had this done when i was 22 and had to have both my eyes readjusted last year (no cost, always opt out for the lifetime option). Haziness lasted about the end of my first sleep when i got home. The halo's will be there for a month or 2.

Which lasik plus did you go to? I found out my optometrist rides.

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I heard that your eyes never heal 100%. That you will always have that flap they cut. Not a big deal for most. But for some it can be an issue. True?

I would like to get it done but I am very unsure about it.
The flap wont but not noticeable

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This is too much of a risk for me to do. At least with contacts, I know what I'm getting into. If this goes wrong, ur fucked.
10 years ago i'd agree with you, being scared now is just an excuse. They've done over 25000 procedures with no issues. The lasers now are so advanced that if you even move your eyeball it shuts down.

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You will have halos for a few days. After a week or so they will be gone but you will always have a bit of starburst or halos when looking at really bright lights in the dark or dusk. Things such as headlights and such. Best money I ever spent hands down. My eyes did not hurt at all after the procedure, no headaches or anything. Didn't take any pills for pain.

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Haziness was gone for me within 48 hrs both on the initial procedure & enhacements later on.

Biggest post op risks are infection related so follow your docs instructions & be smart. No pools, no hot tubs, no strenuous excercise, don't rub your eyes, keep your hands clean, etc...
Ditto on listening to the instructions.

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I went to Valley Vision in Appleton, WI. A Dr. Vraebec did the procedure. He mainly does cataract surgery along with cornea replacements and then Lasik a 1/3 of the time. So I was pretty confident he both knew what he was doing and knew what to do if something went wrong.

It was all laser, from cutting the flap to the procedure. And yeah, my right eye twitched and the laser shut off. It locks onto the pattern in your Iris (unique to you) and can start over even after a power failure. (Although it has a battery backup)

Even from when I posted the original note, the halos have gotten better.

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oh, that cutting a flap thing has kept me from having this ,,, it just seems wrong
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Isn't there a procedure now where they don't need to cut the flap?
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oh, that cutting a flap thing has kept me from having this ,,, it just seems wrong
Yeah...... I made the mistake of watching the video before hand.......

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oh, that cutting a flap thing has kept me from having this ,,, it just seems wrong
The worst of it is when you go blind for a few seconds right before they cut it. Feels like an eternity.... Even better, when your vision comes back, you can't see anything cuz the flap is open!

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Isn't there a procedure now where they don't need to cut the flap?
PRK..... I think? They just buzz the top layer of cornea off. My sister had this done. Much longer recovery time with more pain. Its typically reserved for people with thin corneas.
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it'd be nice to get lasik someday...hopefully when technology is good enough to have the vision of a hawk

seeing a mouse from 2 miles away would be pretty sweet :P

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PRK..... I think? They just buzz the top layer of cornea off. My sister had this done. Much longer recovery time with more pain. Its typically reserved for people with thin corneas.
I had PRK. Use the search function and you'll see there are already 2 good Lasik threads on this site.

PRK has positives and negatives. The negatives are that it takes longer to heal. Instead of 24-48 hours until you get better vision it might take a few weeks. On the plus side, it's the only option for some as Lasik causes halos for certian candidates (I'm one).

I guess the people who get halos are those with eyes that aren't symetrical. My right eye was totally fubar-ed but my left was only slightly out of wack (I'm not Dr so I'm splaining things in non-technical lingo).

Anyway, instead of cutting they buff with PRK. So you get the laser right through the outer part of the eye and then they use a power toothbrush thing to buff out the surface of the eye. That's why it takes longer to heal. I also had dry eye for about a year but now it's totally normal. My vision is 20/15 and had recovered about a week after the procedure.

I guess PRK is actually the "old" Lasik method done years ago but it's getting more attention now because Drs are prescreening people out of Lasik due to risk of halos.

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it'd be nice to get lasik someday...hopefully when technology is good enough to have the vision of a hawk

seeing a mouse from 2 miles away would be pretty sweet :P
One thing here to note about this stuff. It doesn't make you superhuman. It only makes your vision normal. You can't see like superman when it's done.

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One thing here to note about this stuff. It doesn't make you superhuman. It only makes your vision normal. You can't see like superman when it's done.
But will I be able to shoot lasers out off my eyeballs?

I came here to drink some beer and kick some ass. And it looks like we are all out of beer.
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PRK..... I think? They just buzz the top layer of cornea off. My sister had this done. Much longer recovery time with more pain. Its typically reserved for people with thin corneas.
I had PRK done by the US Army docs.. was the best thing I've ever done.. was great not having to wear contacts/glasses. My eyes have degraded since then and I wear glasses again though. My prescription is stabilizing now and I hope to get the surgery done again in a year or two.

They take a toothbrush like device and scrub away the top layer of your eye. I had very little pain but I took my meds and drops religiously.
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