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  • #31
    nice nice, I'm liking what I'm hearing so far. Sounds like it's pretty well advanced as far as not getting side affects etc.. I'm probably looking at getting Lasik in this upcoming year..
    I appreaciate the replies and if anyone else has more keep 'em coming.
    Thanks,
    To,

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    • #32
      I had been wearing glasses since the age of 6. I had PRK done in late August by LasikPlus here in Albany. I was a skeptic as I have heard some horror stories about double vision, halos etc. Well, I am about 20/40 right now in both eyes and it gets better as the weeks go on. If you consider it, take advantage of the financing through Care Credit. My procedure was about 2500 dollars and through Care Credit it's interest free! Now instead of cheap flip ups on my glasses I can now get some real sunglasses. Keep in mind also to pay the extra money and get the lifetime enhancement package too. You will be happy with the results!

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      • #33
        My husband got PRK after he got hired in the city. He said it was the best thing he's ever done. I have never heard him complain about any side effects.
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        • #34
          Ok, here's another question. I've been contemplating getting this done for quite some time now. My eye dr. told me to go to TLC in RI which gives a discount for being in a certain vision plan but was quoted $4000 for both eyes. TLC is well known but was still skeptical. I visited another place local and they also quoted me $4000 but still wasn't convinced ( not so popular). Is there anyone else in CT that has had this done and would recommend me seeing them? It looks like I'll be spending 4G's either way but I think I still need to do more research (convincing).
          PS
          I'm trying contacts right now, but I'm one of those guys that can't get near my eye without blinking a million times.HELP!!!!

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          • #35
            Originally posted by 760dwhfd
            Ok, here's another question. I've been contemplating getting this done for quite some time now. My eye dr. told me to go to TLC in RI which gives a discount for being in a certain vision plan but was quoted $4000 for both eyes. TLC is well known but was still skeptical. I visited another place local and they also quoted me $4000 but still wasn't convinced ( not so popular). Is there anyone else in CT that has had this done and would recommend me seeing them? It looks like I'll be spending 4G's either way but I think I still need to do more research (convincing).
            PS
            I'm trying contacts right now, but I'm one of those guys that can't get near my eye without blinking a million times.HELP!!!!

            I'm having mine done at TLC here in Missouri. My DR recommended them also, he also told me that with the new Interlace laser it is almost impossible for them to make a mistake. It's that "almost" part that will make you cringe though.

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            • #36
              The reason for that custom bladed surgery is to make sure there are no halos or night blindness. They said they highly recommended that one for my eyes.

              One of the local colleges in Milwaukee had a sheet where you fill it out and get 15% off if you are going to school for Fire Ems or Police. So ask if that works in your area before you pay.

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              • #37
                I had PRK 4 years ago and it is the best money I have ever spent.

                My wife works for Intralase which is the company that provides the laser for totally blade free LASIK. I believe in the technology. If you are looking into LASIK try to go to a provider that offers Intralase.

                www.intralase.com

                Although I am of course partial to this, I truly believe it is the best way to go.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by pkfd7505
                  Ok I am scheduled for Lasik in early January, got a question. How many of you had the "bladed" surgery as opposed to laser? If you had the bladed how well did it go? I'm just curious since I have not chosen which one I will have yet.
                  I had the surgery with the microblade as opposed to the laser (to make the corneal flap) and it went just fine.

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                  • #39
                    I heard the surgery decrease the ability to see things close up? Is this true?

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by emtbff927
                      I heard the surgery decrease the ability to see things close up? Is this true?
                      I haven't experienced anything like that. They do say that as you age you will still most likely experience a decline in your ability to see things close up, but the surgery itself will not cause that problem.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by emtbff927
                        I heard the surgery decrease the ability to see things close up? Is this true?
                        Too many birthdays are what causes that!
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                        • #42
                          Night vision CAN be a minor problem...

                          I had LASIK about six years ago. I have 20/15 vision now compared to about 20/400 before. It has been a great success for me and I have no regrets. I feel that I am much safer on the fireground now that I can acutally see and am not futzing with contacts or cumbersome lens kits inside my mask.

                          I do have some problem with dimished night vision, though. Before the surgery, my doctor explained to me that I would have the problem. They can predict this due to the natural flatness of your eye. The flatter the eye, the more night vision problems you are likely to have after surgery.

                          If you are thinking about LASIK, it might be worth it to ask your doctor about this.

                          By the way...Take the drugs they offer to relax you before surgery! Being a big, tough firefighter, I refused them. As soon as they turned on that laser over my eye, my heart started pounding so hard that they couldn't get the machine to lock onto my eye. My hearbeat was shaking the whole table! After they limped through the first eye trying to hold the table still so that the machine could work, they gave me enough Valium to snow a moose. After I was chemically relaxed, other eye was no problem.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by sts060
                            You can't wear glasses under SCBA because it breaks the facepiece seal, but as you mentioned there are kits to fit the lenses into facepieces.
                            Although you are not suppose to wear them. I have and have had no problems.
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                            • #44
                              Im liking what im hearing. I cant stand contacts, expecilly now that I went from oe a days to 1 pair and cleaning every night. Im saving now for the surg but i didnt know what kind to get. Im really really liking the interlace laser one alot. does anyone know what the contraindications are? after reading the side effects i can live with them for the joy of no eyewear (minus sunglasses)

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