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[Merged] laser eye surgery

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Poll: Mid twenties a good age to get it done?

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[Merged] laser eye surgery

just watched my friends surgery on dvd (they give you one when u get it done). Its amazing how they do it.... anyone had it done? or watced one?

To think that damn it costs 35xx.xx for < 4 minutes of work. Im in the wrong field!
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It looks easy, but you forgot about the cost of the excimer laser. And the cost of the fancy facilities, the wavefront mapping system, etc. All that stuff is expensive. I was told that B&L has a per-use charge for their laser.

I wonder what their typical utilization rate is... I'm pretty sure the facility isn't running at 100% capacity.
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Aug 25, 2004
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i'm still sketchy over the laser eye thing. we still don't know the long term effects in full yet.
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Nov 10, 2003
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fl4wless wrote:just watched my friends surgery on dvd (they give you one when u get it done). Its amazing how they do it.... anyone had it done? or watced one?

To think that damn it costs 35xx.xx for < 4 minutes of work. Im in the wrong field!
Where did you friend get his / hers done? I am thinking of getting it done this year.
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Apr 4, 2003
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Considering all the pro sports players who've had it done. I think that the risk is really low. Hasn't hampered Tiger Woods a bit.
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I'm pretty patient so I think i'll wait a few years, especially since the technology keeps on improving each year (is it true you can get better than 20/20 vision now?)
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Feb 28, 2004
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I"m using contacts and this doesn't seem any more safe than lazer
putting this crap in my eyes every single day, dirts/germs probably do more damage in long run than laser....

I'm going to get laser done when I have enough money to burn :lol:
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Jul 22, 2005
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Why don't you post it on the web? in avi/wmv format so we can all watch?
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I had it done... 5 years ago?

I'm very happy with the results - but I do have a small amount of halo effect at night. If they test you beforehand and tell you that you have large pupils and/or that you are at risk for night vision issues - I would not do it at this point in time Unless you pay for the more expensive, newer process (wavefront) that is less likely to cause night vision issues (and is actually used to correct people's vision who have bad night vision issues after normal laser surgery).

Oh yeah... and the SMELL is... well... knowing it's eyeball tissue burning that you are smelling is just a bit... strange...
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Tiberius wrote:I had it done... 5 years ago?

I'm very happy with the results - but I do have a small amount of halo effect at night. If they test you beforehand and tell you that you have large pupils and/or that you are at risk for night vision issues - I would not do it at this point in time Unless you pay for the more expensive, newer process (wavefront) that is less likely to cause night vision issues (and is actually used to correct people's vision who have bad night vision issues after normal laser surgery).
I never hard of this wavefront before...how's it different/better than lasik?
:hay:

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B40 wrote:I never hard of this wavefront before...how's it different/better than lasik?
I don't know a lot about it (the specifics) but it uses a different (newer) laser and I'm guessing they are either able to program the laser more specifically for your eyeball... or... the other possibility is the newer laser makes finer cuts (burns)?

If you really want to know... google it?
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Aug 12, 2004
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felix wrote:I'm pretty patient so I think i'll wait a few years, especially since the technology keeps on improving each year (is it true you can get better than 20/20 vision now?)
I had it done back in September. I am now 20/15 in both eyes.
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Firebot wrote:I had it done back in September. I am now 20/15 in both eyes.
Wow, that's better than 20/20! So did you go for the new wavefront?
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B40 wrote:I never hard of this wavefront before...how's it different/better than lasik?
I decided a couple years ago for wavefront to be more mainstream.

Basically they take a 3 D contour map of your eye, and with a smaller laser, they customize the depth and shape each cut.

http://www.lasikmd.ca/en/lasik-md/zyopt ... front.html

This does cost more money, but the results looks more promiseing.

So far, the only deals i've seen is via the Royal Bank visa...

http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... ost2533753
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Nov 26, 2004
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B40 wrote:I never hard of this wavefront before...how's it different/better than lasik?

I had regular PRK back in '98 and my wife had PRK with wavefront in '04. Her night vision is perfect, where I have some slight halo'ing. You get used to it though so not too much to worry about.

Best $$$ I ever spent.
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