06 March 2013

Confuzzled: Laser Eye Surgery

I actually wanted to do my last post before the move on my February empties, but without my camera, I have no photos... Hence, this rather wordy post...

So I've spent the last hour or so reading up on laser eye surgery instead of packing my crap into boxes for the big move on Saturday (I'm a professional procrastinator). Having worn glasses the majority of my life, and am now heavily dependent on contact lenses, I find my extremely poor eyesight a nuisance (especially when it comes to travelling, and having to purchase contact lenses + solutions + glasses every few years).

After reading a rather lengthy forum on whirlpool for trusty advice and to aid my decision on which type of laser surgery I might want to get, I do believe I am more confused than before I started. When I went to my optometrist a few months ago, I inquired about laser surgery. I was worried that my eyesight may worsen when I get older, as they are quite already shocking (I'm talking -8 for contact lenses). To my surprise, my optometrist actually said that it is a good idea as it will help prevent the worsening of my eyesight to a state that is beyond repair. He did warn me that if my cornea isn't thick enough, I will not be eligible for LASIK.

You may be wondering what the hell is LASIK and what is the other option to LASIK? To my understanding (I may be wrong), the two options that I'm considering are:
  • LASIK: Laser in Situ Keratomileusi. This is where the laser cuts a flap in the cornea, and then laser reshapes the cornea. There are quite a few disadvantages of LASIK. Firstly, the flap created may "unflap" in the future, which is quite scary (at least in my head). Secondly, eligibility is an issue, as the cornea has to be thick enough for the flap to be created. Lastly, the cost is astronomical compared to the second option. It's about $6000! However, the upside is that there is minimal healing time. Eyesight is restored almost instantly (i.e. you can drive the next day... without glasses or contacts!!!) Also, it's relatively painless.
  • LASEK/PRK: Not sure what it stands for (not that it matters all that much to me). There is no flap created in this procedure. Instead, they sort of exfoliate the eyeball, removing a layer of epithelial cells. The laser then reshapes the cornea. The main disadvantage of this procedure is the healing time! Apparently, day 2-3 post surgery is the worst. I've read that people experienced swollen eyes, grittiness (like sand in your eyes), dry eyes, and light sensitivity (although people who went with LASIK also experienced dry eyes and light sensitivity). People have also experienced blurred vision 2-3 months post surgery and the eyes completely heal after a year. The advantage is that it costs about $2000.
I really can't decide which is worse - having to deal with the recovery time of LASEK/PRK or the potential to have the flap thingy unflapping itself. I guess I should really go for a few consultations and work out what's best. I kind of wish that my cornea is too thin for LASIK, then I wouldn't really have to decide on anything besides whether to go for LASEK/PRK or deal with having to buy contact lenses and glasses instead of cosmetics for the rest of my life.

Have you had laser eye surgery done? If so, thoughts and experiences? What would you do if you were in my shoes?

P.S. Sorry for the lack of photos in this post. I just wanted to write down my thoughts on laser eye surgery.

37 comments:

  1. Ive worn contacts since I was 14, my eyesight is -1.5 for the right eye and -2.75 for the left, so not too bad but still bad enough that I'm considering getting laser eye surgery as soon an I'm 21. At the moment I'm leaning towards LASEK as I'd rather not have the flap incision (just thinking about is making me queasy lol) but on the downside is the downtime and side effects. I agree, it's all very confusing! :(

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    1. Just thinking about either procedures make me queasy! Still not sure what I want to do :(

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  2. we did it for our son last year.We went for the more expensive option to reduce recovery time.It worked amazingly well.Im trying to persuade hubby to do his next :)

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    1. Your son is so lucky! Mm mum isn't all too excited about me wanting laser eye surgery.. :(

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  3. Hey! I'm considering getting the LASIK, my eye sight is awful (-6.0). I haven't yet booked a consultation for anything, but I do know a few people who did go ahead with the procedure and they've had very good results, and no issues thus far (it's been a few years since their procedure). I have to say it's super tempting to get it done, being able to open my eyes in the morning and see perfectly is quite the ideal.

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    1. I agree! I think I'm leaning towards lasik only because the recovery time isn't so bloody long.

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  4. I have no idea what I want to do :( And it freaks me out. My eyesight is awful (-500, -425) and I can't even remember what it's like having 20/20 vision. I'm sooo paranoid of the consequences though, what if they make a mistake! Also, I've heard that some people get insanely dry and red eyes permanently after the surgery and I can't take that risk! It's not really a matter of money for me because I would spend an insane amount to fix my eyes, I'm just scared it'll mess up.

    If I was brave enough, I would choose LASIK just because I think the recovery time after the other would just freak me out.

    Hope you can decide! x

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    1. Leaning towards LASIK. And your eyesight isn't as bad as mine (-8, -8.5)!

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  5. The other day I woke up being able to see everything clearly... and then I remembered that I'd forgotten to take my contacts out the night before. Duh!! Baby brain!!!

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  6. I have often thought about Laser Eye Surgery but it just costs too much money. I know people who've had it done and can see fine afterwards but I also know that it hasn't worked as well for others :(

    I have tagged you in the Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag. Hope you'll take part :D

    Louise x

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    1. Thanks for the tag, Louise!

      Bit concerning that it hasn't worked well for others! :(

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  12. My roommate got eye surgery here in Pocatello and I believe it was LASIK. She said she absolutely loves it especially since she hated putting in contacts. So that's my two cents, I hope everything goes well for you!

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