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LASIK is an Incredible, Life-changing Experience
- posted 4 years ago
- updated 4 years ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $1,990
- Dr. Mark Borup (Boise, ID)
My eye sight was pretty bad - I couldn't even...
- 14 Jan 2009
My eye sight was pretty bad - I couldn't even clearly see the big 'E' on the eye chart with my contacts out! I've worn glasses or contacts since I was 10, and finally at 24 I decided to do something about it.
I've also always had sensitive eyes, I had a lot of trouble finding a brand of contacts that didn't completely irritate my eyes, and even so I would get dry itchy eyes quite often.
I got a consultation about the LASIK procedure, which was promising, and they were even running a special on it; $995 per eye instead of the regular $1495.
The procedure itself was very disconcerting and unpleasant. First, you are supposed to take a valium about 45 minutes before to make sure you're relaxed. After you're in the chair, they put in numbing eye drops, then stick this weird suction cup thing on your eyeball, and as it starts to cut the flap in your lens your vision just fades out in that eye. WEEEEIRD feeling. Overall, it was not fun, but didn't really hurt.
Then, 5-10 minutes later, you're all done. They sit you in the waiting room for a half hour or so to make sure everything is ok, check you again, and send you home with another valium to take later. I didn't take that one because the first one gave me an upset stomach.
The pain was minimal, so over the counter pain killers were plenty for a day or two. You have to do constant eye drops, 4x an hour for a few days, then drop down to 2x an hour, and so on.
My vision was improved drastically within a day. I could drive, use a computer, whatever without corrective lenses of any sort. My eyes did ache if I stared at a monitor too long, so you have to take a lot of breaks the first few days.
My eyes steadily improved over the course of about 2 months. I had some of the night halo, some discomfort, and still a little blurry vision at distances, all of which pretty much went away over a couple months. Now, about 5 months after I had the procedure, I have 15/20 vision, I can see individual little trees on the snow covered mountains across town. I still have a tiny bit of the nighttime halo, but it's not much and certainly not enough to be in any way a problem for driving or anything else. My eyes are less sensitive than they were even without contacts in before the procedure.
Overall, my eyes are better than 20/20, the cost was very reasonable, discomfort was relatively minimal, and there were no significant side effects. I am 100% happy that I did LASIK, and 100% happy with my doctor. I highly recommend it.
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He was incredibly competent and did a great job. In addition to being technically talented, he was very comforting, walked me through the whole process, and even met me on his day off at no charge a few days after the procedure when I thought I was getting an infection. He honestly cares about his patients, which is a rare thing these days.