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Scared to Death of LASIK Pre-Op - Elated Post-Op - Rochester, NY

My LASIK procedure is scheduled for 9/3/13 - and I...

My LASIK procedure is scheduled for 9/3/13 - and I am scared senseless after reading the material that was given to me. I am 26 and have been in glasses for 8 years. My prescription has been stable for 5 years (currently -1.50 in the right eye and -1.75 in the left). I read through the risks of surgery and have been to many websites diminishing the procedure. I am terribly worried about dry eye, the issues around lights (halos, glares, starbursts), and/or that the surgery just won't work.

I have spent the last several months since I scheduled my procedure finding real-life people who have had the surgery. I have talked to 10 people in person who all had positive results with no side effects.

I need to start my pre-surgery eye drops on Saturday for my procedure on Tuesday at 12:15. I will update my post after my procedure.

Microkeratome vs Bladeless

I have been wishing I had chosen a LASIK place that used a bladeless procedure to create the flap, but it's too late. I've heard it's better for healing, discomfort, etc. I am worried about the microkeratome procedure ....

How did your surgery go? Hope you're doing well. Please update us when you can. :)


Post Op Success

Well my procedure came and went and it went very well. I arrived at 12PM and met with the Refractive Coordinator to hand in paperwork and watch a video on Presbyopia. I was brought into an exam room where I waited - not sure how long I waited. They gave me a valium prior to the procedure to relax me - I'm still not quite sure if it worked for that purpose. I hopped on the table and they gave me a little lamb to hold on to. I did find this comforting. They did the set of eye drops and placed the suction over my eyes - the only discomforting part of the procedure was the creating of the flap via the microkeratome - I could feel the vibrating of the device as it cut the flap. I did not find it difficult to concentrate on the blinking red light as I have heard other people say was difficult - I did not find myself sensitive to any of the lights during the procedure. After the flap was cut, I could smell a slight burning as the laser reshaped my cornea.

Pause and prep for second eye - repeat.

They brought me into an exam room immediately after to check on my flap - it all went well. I closed my eyes and put on the sunglasses provided, not wanting to open them because of the gritty, stinging sensation I had post op. When I tried to open my eyes even the slightest bit, there was continuous liquid pouring out (tears? eye drops?). I was done and on my way home by 1:30.

I went immediately to bed, though I did find it difficult to rest with the safety goggles they provided me. I did manage to sleep until about 5. When I awoke, my eyes felt fine. No grittiness, no stinging. I did my round of eye drops and tried to lay back down, but sleep was hopeless, so I downloaded an audiobook on my phone (with much difficulty, due to my sensitivity to light). I rested for a few more hours.

I have not experienced much discomfort in the days post surgery. I use my artificial tear drops every half hour because I am supposed to, and use my anti inflammatory and antiobiotic drops ever 4 hours. The only time I notice discomfort is close to 8 or 9, if my eyes have been consistently open and not rested - then I just lay in bed and listen to my audiobook. I took the rest of the week off of work which helped.

I am back today and do have some slight discomfort from staring at the computer screen, but using the drops and sunglasses is helping.

I have my next follow up on Wednesday. Though technically, it's been 5 days and my flap "should be healed", I still plan on wearing my goggles to bed and my sunglasses during the day until I hear from my Dr on Wednesday the flap is intact.

I have not noticed any of the aberrations they explain can happen, so I find myself lucky. I also have noticed my eyes have watered on two separate occassions, which I find this to be a good sign.


I forgot to mention my check-up the day after the procedure - I am 20/15! They gave me the DMV slip to send in to have the restriction removed from my license - but I will hang on to that until the last possible second because I still have a year and a half until I need to renew.

Post Op Redness

I was thinking about getting Lasik last year but wasn't sure if it would be worth it for me. I am 35 and the eye doctor said that my prescription was strong so even if I get it done, I might still need glasses but a thinner lense or less strong prescription. He also said that everyone usually needs glasses once they reach a certain age for reading. I think he mentioned in their 40s so I only have about 5 years left! Not sure it's worth the cost, possible pain and risks if I do it and only have some years. What are your thoughts?

Hello! Most people need glasses for reading some time between the ages of late 30's and early 50's. This is due to presbyopia, which is decreased ability of the lens inside your eye to change its shape as you get older. The time it affects your near vision is different for every individual and that is the reason for the age "range" above. You have a very good chance of being able to see the DISTANCE well without glasses after LASIK. However, in order to see near objects, you will not be any better off than the rest of the population with no prescription. In order to be able to see near and distance for a number of years to come, a lot of people chose to have mono-vision correction. Mono-vision leaves one of your eyes slightly near-sighted to make it easier to see the near after LASIK.

Thanks. I will check out that link. I would be nervous about getting dry eyes and hurting the integrity of the cornea. Also, what's the point if you have to wear glasses to see things upclose? I guess it's a pesonal decision to see if it's worth it.


So I drove for the first time at night last weekend and I DO have the aberrations (glares, halos and starbursts). I don't find it annoying or problematic. I don't find it inhibits my driving capabilities.
Please do not do it
If you are going to give such advice, please back it up. As my review has stated, I have had no negative side effects. People coming to these reviews are interested in the why or the why not
I been thinking about getting it done for some time now but I'm chicken. Maybe after reading about yours ill get it done. Thanks

Nearly 2 Months

I am nearly 2 months post op. I still have moderate dry eye and aberrations around lights at night time. The dry eye now I find is more so if I have my heat, staring at my computer screen for too long, or if it is windy out. All in all, still happy with my experience. I have my 3 month post op checkup on December 4th
Hey there, I am checking in to see how you are doing- it's been awhile since you updated your review and would love to know how you feel about your final results. 
How are things now? Can you update us a year later?
Paper I'm having my LASIK next Thursday I'll post and let u know how it went.
Rochester Ophthalmologist

Dr. Hanuch is a leading LASIK surgeon in my area and proved it with my procedure. I also found out last night that he had done my husband's grandfather's cataract surgery. A great eye care professional.

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