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Laser Eye Surgery 
24th-Feb-2011 07:59 am
Smithers
Poll #1709411 Laser Eye Surgery

If you needed vision correction and could afford to get it, would you have laser eye surgery?

Yes
18(20.2%)
I don't know, I'd have to research it more
34(38.2%)
No
32(36.0%)
I've already had it and am glad I did
0(0.0%)
I've already had it and wish I hadn't
0(0.0%)
Something else (what?)
5(5.6%)
Comments 
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24th-Feb-2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
I really like being short-sighted. The world can be much less threatening when blurry, and I can just put my glasses back on when I want crisp edges again.
24th-Feb-2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, I like your attitude. :D
24th-Feb-2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'd only do it if I knew I'd go blind without it.
24th-Feb-2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
My ex-boyfriend/roommate (same person, long story) had it done and it scared me a lot. He basically lost his night vision. I know that there are newer procedures out now that are much less likely to fail, but I still like my glasses and would prefer to keep them.
24th-Feb-2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
i dunno...i have huge bags under my eyes that glasses are good at covering.
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24th-Feb-2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I've been told it could never get me to 20/20, so why bother? Contacts are good enough for me.

Unless I end up legally blind and it'll make my predicament a little less cruddy... but I'm not sure if they accept legally blind patients for it.
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24th-Feb-2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I very, very short-sighted (-11.5 dioptres - I don't know what that is in the American system), and I've been told that (1) laser surgery would only help me a little bit and (2) there is a high risk that my retina might detach one day, which is why laser surgery to correct eyesight is a bad idea for me.

I'm pretty happy with my glasses :)
27th-Feb-2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
We use diopters in prescriptions, although many people don't really know what their numbers are (this may be changing, since there was a law passed in the past couple of years to make it easier to get your prescription mailed to you). Plus, as you may know, glasses and contacts get different prescriptions because of the optics involved.

I think people who wear contacts are more likely to know their strength if only because each box of contacts is labeled, though. (I'm -7.5 left -8 right, or something like that.)

Edited at 2011-02-27 09:22 pm (UTC)
25th-Feb-2011 01:27 am (UTC)
As much as I hate having to wear corrective lenses, I'm somewhat scared to get laser surgery in case something went wrong. I understand that they cut a flap from your cornea and then lay it back on, and there's rumors it never totally heals.
25th-Feb-2011 01:48 am (UTC)
My mother had a terrible experience with lasik. She got it done and it was fine at first, but after a few months, her eyes deteriorated such that now she needs nearsighted glasses in the morning, nothing in the midday, and reading glasses at night. I assume something similarly bad would happen to me, so I'm sticking with glasses.
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25th-Feb-2011 07:25 am (UTC)
I had a look into it and heard thaat your vision will gradually worsen again so its not for life. Don't know how true that is yet, but since it is quite expensive I don't want to risk that yet.
25th-Feb-2011 07:29 am (UTC)
( I have by the way -5 and -3,5 and I have got contacts and glasses but I am wearing glasses more often.
25th-Feb-2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Glasses are sexy.
25th-Feb-2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
That's what my s.o. says. Of course, I'm not sure if he really believes that, or if he's just telling me that because he doesn't want me to risk getting my eyes sliced open. Either way, I know he loves me so it's all good.
27th-Feb-2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a complicated matter.

I hate how nearsighted I am; I have about a foot before things start getting blurry (my prescription is in the -7 to -8 range). I think I look better with contacts but trying to put them on in the morning when I'm not fully awake or haven't slept long enough is taxing, so I default to wearing glasses more often than I would like.

However, at my last eye appointment, my prescription changed quite a bit, so my doctor said laser eye correction shouldn't even be an option for me right now because my eyes are still changing (I'm 23, so I thought they'd be done by now).

If it were an option for me ... I'd have to do a lot of research about it in general and the specifics of how it would apply to me, because it's a permanent body modification, and I've heard mixed reports about it.
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