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Lasik Plus Compliment - Is Lasik + really worth the price for the service?

Review by Mario The Great on 2009-09-03
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO -- My wife has bad eyesight. We decided to look into Lasik approximately a year ago. The cost of her lenses were approximately $300 per year. Featherweight, polycarbonate, scratch resistant, whatever adds up. We had a consultation 2 weeks ago and we decided to do it. They rescheduled us last week as the laser wasn't up to specs so that irritated me as we had the whole day planned. Nonetheless, we decided to continue with it and today @ 5:00 p. m., she had Lasik done. The final cost to us was $3,500. The procedure went well and within 30 minutes, she was out of there. I am excited to see how it goes but the service was great and I'm hoping that her eyesight is 20/20 for life. They offer lifetime reshaping for free. I'll keep you posted to see how it all works out this week. Have a great day everyone!
Comments:46 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-09-04
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-03:
My cousin had lasik done 5 years ago. And her eyesight is returning to pre lasik condition, it was a let down for her. Hopefully it will do your wife good.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-03:
I had lasik done on my eyes about four years ago. I've worn eye glasses since the third grade. I was told up front that there are no guarentees and lasik will NOT prevent the normal aging of the eyes and eyesight. They also told me that they can either correct far sighted or near sighted but not both, however they would be able to do one eye for farsighted and the other for nearsighted but I would have 'halos' if I did. I told them to correct my vision so I can see at a distance, and they advised I MAY need reading glasses. The was the option I went with. They told me that maybe in about five years, they would be able to correct my eyes so I can have lasik and wouldn't even need reading glasses but that was something they were still working on at the time. Right after the lasik, my vison was restored to 20/20 and my one month follow up, my vision was BETTER than 20/20, yeah...I didn't know that was even possible. I started using the aid of reading glasses (actually, just bought off the shelf at the drugstore) after about the third year. But, my vision to see at a distance has never been a problem since the Lasik. It is VERY important that your wife follows all the instructions of caring for the eyes after the Lasik, making sure she is taking all the eye drops and anything they gave her.

I wouldn't think twice about doing it again and for me, it was well worth the three grand I paid for it.

I liked that the doctor explained every detail to me before the surgery...the actual surgery only took about one to two minutes for each eye.

As long as she had a good doctor (I checked out the history of mine before going to him), I think she is going to be very pleased and happy with that decision!

Best of luck to her!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-03:
All my friends in their 50's that have had this procedure done have been very happy with the results--and they all need reading glasses too. They accept the trade off as well, DB.

Thanks, Mario, for the great review. I am sure her eyesight will be great!
Posted by Mario The Great on 2009-09-03:
OMG, if she's able to see 20/20, what will I do? What if she realizes that she married Shrek "El Mexicano" version? :P
Posted by KCRovert on 2009-09-04:
I had lasik on both eyes about 8-9 years ago. Went is with around 20/400 in each eye...within a couple of days of the surgery, I was at 20/15 in both eyes...and no post-procedure issues. However, my left eye has sense reverted, about 2 years ago...the right is still going strong. I plan to do it again to correct the left eye....trying to talk my wife into it.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
I hope mine holds up when I get in my 50's....
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Yeah, DB, or even your 60's.
Posted by Mario The Great on 2009-09-04:
So, she's fine but both her eyes are super red. She's quite the Catholic so when I told her that she looked like Nosferatu she didn't appreciate it quite as much as I did. :) The Dr. told her not to squeeze her eyes or get water into them for a couple of days and she's decided that means that we will eat out for the next week, not shower, and not move her head so her eyes don't pop out. Lord, who's the one suffering now? On the plus side, she says her right eye is perfect vision but left one has a lot of blur to it. Looks like I'm still married until she sees better. :)
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
That is normal Mario...my blurriness lasted longer than normal because of the condition of my eyesight before the surgery. If one of them is already clear, that's very good. I was paranoid like her too...They gave me those plastic eye shields to sleep with at night so I wouldn't accidentally rub my eyes or poke them at night...they said to wear them for something like a week...I wore them every night for a month and a half until I convinced myself I wouldn't poke myself in the eye...something I never did before, but he put it in my head...LOL.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
I was driving myself the next day. And would have been back to work, if it wasn't a Sunday.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
So you've never been poked in the eye, or anywhere else for that matter, in 50+ years Basher?

Oh wait! You were driving YOURSELF?! Whoa!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
You're hitting that 5 instead of that 2 again!
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-09-04:
one of my friends kept trying to tell me to get it done
and how she tricked a friend into getting it done too

however ... personally i kinda like my librarian look ;)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Yeah, pepper, not everyone has $3,000-$5,000 lying around. No one could trick me into spending that kind of money--unless I wanted to, lol.

db, what's 30 years among friends?
Posted by old fart on 2009-09-04:
In about a year I will be having cataract surgery, (one of the few eye operations medicare pays for) and I will end up with 20/40 vision which is about 10 time better than I have now with my coke bottle glasses...
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
I'll be 30 in a few years.
And that's DB with a capital "D" and a capital "B".
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-09-04:
Are you psyched old fart? My mom's side of the family wears contacts, and my brother inherited her eye sight, I was blessed with better then 20/20 vision though. With all the staring at computer screens I do I gotta bet my vision isn't super 20/20 anymore. No one in my family trusts lasik, I guess I can't blame them, sounds kinda scary.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
db, I've gotten lazy. I'm not going to capitalize anyone's name anymore. It saves time and keystrokes.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
I have to get my Dad an appointment to have his cataract taken care of. I was really, REALLY surprised he passed the eye test for his driver's license renewal today. He had a cataract removed about five years ago, and when they removed it, they did lasik on that one eye. They wanted to do the other one too, but he didn't want to spend the money for it...now, he has a cataract in that eye. He complains about foggy vision, so I am hoping that will clear up after the cataract is removed, I'm sure that is what's causing it.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
KIA...just put your cap lock on...then you won't have to bother and I will always be capitalized. So what if everyone else thinks you're yelling at them? At least my "D" and "B" will be capitalized!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
That's just another key I have to hit, lol.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
db, since that’s not your real name. We don’t have to capitalize it so ha.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
YES YOU DO!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Nope from this day on I will not. In a show of defiance.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
I like the librarian look too Pepper. It's hot on a young chick. I guess that's why basher opted for Lasik. lmao!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
It's a proper name!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
That's Basher with a capital "B"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
I wanted to join the majority here.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Thats LAME with a capital L.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
lol, wally. c2o, we can all start saving our typing fingers by eliminating some strokes.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
Well...if you enjoy being wrong...go ahead...I'll just remain right as always. *Sticking my nose in the air*
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-09-04:
once lasiks is done, the person can no longer wear contacts. and at one point, lasiks will no longer be able to be done if the eyes reverse.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-09-04:
does someone have a self importance complex?

the farther the nose goes up in the air, the more rain will drown you!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Whoa kia! Love the comment! lmao!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
LOL KIA...you asked for that one!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
mad, good point. It does scare me, because these eyes have to last the rest of my life. My aunt had lasik and her eyes were blurry after and never recovered. (That would scare the hell out of me.) She went to someone with a good rep, but things sometimes happen that are beyond anyone's control.

That being said, I know many people who have had it done with good results. A friend of mine had it a few years ago and now needs it done again. This time, though, she doesn't have the money to spend. That would suck. I'm amazed that so many people can afford it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
I know what c2o likes!
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-09-04:
so how old is bAShER?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
I love guessing games.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
KIA...some insurances will cover the procedure. When I had mine done, I was working at NCO and the insurance didn't cover any of it. But, the place I had mine done had different payment options...They had approved me for financing through a bank and it was same as cash if I had it paid off in one year...so, that's what I did and I got it paid off within the year and didn't have any extra fees to pay. So, for me that was the best option. Also, I could have had it done for a little less...there are some 'extras' that raised my final cost. For example, I chose to have a laser cut the flap (yeah, I know, yuck) instead of having a 'blade' do it...that was an extra $150.00 per eye...but I didn't like the thought of a blade touching my eyes.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-09-04:
so given all of bAShER's experience, i say she is at least mid 40's to mid 50's.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Well, db, that's great you were able to afford it and I suppose if eyesight is that bad, it's probably worth it. Right about now, it would be surprising to me if people chose that option over paying their (other) bills. But, I still have great eyesight (no reading glasses either), so it's not that big of an issue to me. I only need my glasses for driving. Since I don't do that over here, I find I rarely wear them. If I had it done, I wouldn't skimp either though.

I'll bet that not too many insurance companies pay for it, except in maybe extreme cases. We have 100% coverage over here, but they only pay for one pair of glasses and an exam.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
I'll go with the latter number there mad.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-09-04:
kia, there are many complaints about lasiks. it is not perfected, and can lead to many issues.

if one really wants to have corrected eyes, try lkense implants. it is reverable, and afterwrds, contact can be worn once the lenses are removed. it is costly.

an other option is the implant ring. more or less the same results as with lense implants.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-09-04:
I think it must be an extreme case before insurance covers it. The last place I worked at, did have insurance to cover it, but I don't know the details for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-04:
Yeah, you probably have to be practically blind for the insurance to pay for it. Even then, some may decline to pay anyway, especially now. If I was practically blind, I would probably look into all the options mad mentioned and have my doc recommend the best one, with lasik being an option.

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