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    #16
    The doc that did my eyes had a screening process to tell if you were a candidate. He said I was a perfect candidate, and I guess so by the results. The only requirement I can remember was that your eyesight must not have changed in under 2 years. He was also my regular eye doc, so he could look at my past visits to see that nothing had changed. There were some other things, but I don't remember them all.

    Other than doing the pre exam and pre-operation procedures, it's a machine that does all the work. During the screening exam, there was some kind of machine you had to look into that measured the corrections needed, and all the doctor does is punch in that information into the LASIK machine. I guess the doctor could screw up and hit a wrong key or something. The most important thing was to remain still while the laser was doing it's thing. If you have bad spasms, that may be a problem.

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      #17
      I would also like to echo the benefits of LASIK. I had it done about 3yrs ago.

      The entire procedure (actual surgery) was about 20 mins. That included 10 mins pre-op with drops. 2 mins to get situated on the table. 4 mins of actual patient, nurse, surgeon time. 4 mins post-op.

      Results: 20/15 (40 yr old eyes)

      Cost: $3,000 total (best surgeon in Denver) paid largely through flex-spending.

      Good luck to anyone considering it. I highly recommend it.

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        #18
        Hey Andrea,
        The most important thing to remember is to "know and trust your surgeon" just like with any procedure. I had it done two and a half years ago and it's "GREAT". I live in MI and went to LANSING OPTHAMOLOGY CENTER to a great specialist. Since I am over 40 I use magnifiers to read but other than that I have perfect vision. If you are otherwise healthy go for it you will love it. Don't go to a clinic where they run them through like these fast tract denture clinics. Your initial eye exam should take about three hours to be thorough. A good surgeon will be honest and tell you if you are truely a candidate. If you would be more comfortable do one eye at a time, Good luck I too wore contacts for over 25 years. NO MORE

        Jai

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          #19
          I also just had Lasik done by Dr. Nandurimin La Jolla CA.
          www.envisioneye.com

          She is amazing. Please be careful with any of the Dr's you meet,especially those who make promises..etc....cheaper is not always better.

          I funded mine through CareCredit.

          20/20 in both eyes after 1 day...I'm a 41 year old C-5/6 incomplete.

          Good luck

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            #20
            Please forgive the typo in my previous reply.

            Dr. Nanduri

            www.envisioneye.com

            858-450-1010

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              #21
              I had LASIK in both eyes about 5 years ago and have had trouble since. I have dry eye syndrome, extremely dry eyes that even the best drops and medication can't seem to cure. It causes fuzzy double vision in my right eye and discomfort in both. Also, I get halo's from lights at night. I certainly wasn't a good candidate, as my eyes were a little dry; I had to put drops in occasionally. Just make sure that you don't have dry eyes now, because they will be worse after the procedures. My new opthamologist told me that women have a much larger percent of dry eyes following Lasik than men because of our hormones. Of course, the older we are, the worse it is.

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                #22
                I had LASIK as well about 3 yrs ago. Results: 20/10 and 20/20 (left and right) from 20/600. Couldn't be more pleased. As a C6-7,(40 yrs old) injury life with glasses was tough - especially keeping them clean.

                Agreed about the dry eyes advice. If your eyes are generally dry - require drops - your recovery may be tougher.

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                  #23
                  Dry eyes aren't the only thing to look out for. There is a long list of social, medical and ocular reasons to look out for when considering LASIK!

                  I'm the webmaster of the Lasik MD website. We have a comprehensive list of the contraindications, warnings and precautions for LASIK in our Am I a Candidate? section.

                  LASIK is just like any other medical procedure... do your research and find a good, conscientious surgeon. Avoid selling your eyesight to the lowest bidder.
                  LASIK Eye Surgery - Webmaster Lasik.MD

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                    #24
                    Wonder how andrea is doing? she use to moderate with me on the R and S forum, last I knew she was going to college overseas.
                    "Life is about how you
                    respond to not only the
                    challenges you're dealt but
                    the challenges you seek...If
                    you have no goals, no
                    mountains to climb, your
                    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                      #25
                      I'm pretty sure that I heard somewhere, and I don't remember if it was just Wisconsin or Nationwide, that some doctors were doing the surgery for free for sci patients. It's worth trying to find out.

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                        #26
                        Too Good To Be True

                        Originally posted by ikeraider8
                        I'm pretty sure that I heard somewhere, and I don't remember if it was just Wisconsin or Nationwide, that some doctors were doing the surgery for free for sci patients. It's worth trying to find out.
                        I don't know, pal; my reaction to this story is that, especially in this country at this time, "If something sounds too good to be true, that's because it is too good to be true." But that's just my typically cynical, dired-up self's voice speaking.
                        "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
                        J.B.S.Haldane

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Juke_spin
                          I don't know, pal; my reaction to this story is that, especially in this country at this time, "If something sounds too good to be true, that's because it is too good to be true." But that's just my typically cynical, dired-up self's voice speaking.
                          TSK TSK TSK jukey...you have obviously not done your homework here....it's indeed NOT too good to be true...it's in FACT true...Look at DeadEye's thread from last year(was revived the same time this one was a couple days ago) about getting it for free through the same organization...There have been numerous threads about the FREE LASIK surgery for quads and how to go about getting on the list/contacting participating providors...If you're interested in it, check out the links that DeadEye and numerous others have posted....you can do a search and find lots of hits...
                          'Chelle
                          L-1 inc 11/24/03

                          "My Give-a-Damn's Busted"......

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Broknwing
                            TSK TSK TSK jukey...you have obviously not done your homework here....it's indeed NOT too good to be true...it's in FACT true...Look at DeadEye's thread from last year(was revived the same time this one was a couple days ago) about getting it for free through the same organization...There have been numerous threads about the FREE LASIK surgery for quads and how to go about getting on the list/contacting participating providors...If you're interested in it, check out the links that DeadEye and numerous others have posted....you can do a search and find lots of hits...
                            Well, Broknwing, ikeraider8's post:
                            I'm pretty sure that I heard somewhere, and I don't remember if it was just Wisconsin or Nationwide, that some doctors were doing the surgery for free for sci patients. It's worth trying to find out.
                            ...cited "sci patients"; even if it's free for quads,it's not necessarily free for paras...and I'm a eyeglasses wearing para. So I'll cop sleezy here and justify my, "If something sounds too good...etc., etc."

                            Steve
                            "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
                            J.B.S.Haldane

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Juke_spin
                              Well, Broknwing, ikeraider8's post:


                              ...cited "sci patients"; even if it's free for quads,it's not necessarily free for paras...and I'm a eyeglasses wearing para. So I'll cop sleezy here and justify my, "If something sounds too good...etc., etc."

                              Steve
                              Yep, it's free for quads. If you're a para, you shouldn't have a reason to take advantage of this program.

                              It DID sound too good.... but it certainly didn't let me down. Keep the faith there Juke.
                              "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                                #30
                                I would much rather be a para and have to pay then being a quad and getting it for free!! Is the cup half empty or half full??

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