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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    I have been thinking about getting my eyes done but I keep reading stories about dry eyes, night vision problems etc. so I have been holding back. Maybe time to "look" again....

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    I've got my consultation booked for tomorrow afternoon, then surgery a week later. I'm looking forward to it in a perverse sort of way.

    I was planning on getting zapped in the morning, then walking back to the office to finish off the rest of my shift. The Mrs thinks I'm mad for even thinking about going back to work, but I reckon I'll be OK. It's not as if I'm jogging home after a vasectomy.

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    I had my consultation this afternoon.

    All was very pleasant and professional until the Surgeon said that it was my Right eye that was being treated. I said "No, it's my Left". He shook his head, looked slightly mifffed, and said that my notes state that it was my Right that had to undergo the procedure.

    I explained to him that my best eye for up close stuff is my Right, and that my Left is slightly blurry when reading newspapers, PC, Texts, Fitness band etc, so it would make more sense zapping my Left eye so that it could do the distance stuff while my Right would handle close up.

    He then folded up an A4 sheet of paper, tore a corner out of it, unfolded it and asked me to hold it in front of me and focus on a point on the far wall. He covered one eye, then the other to determine which of my eyes was the dominant one (it was my left as it 'appens), so he agreed with me that I should have surgery on my Left eye and keep my Right as is. I would have thought that in this day and age of being able to create a 3D map of the surface of my eye, that they would be able to determine which eye would be the prime candidate for surgery?

    To be honest, I'm a bit p1ssed that even after the array of tests carried out a few weeks ago, and also today, they still elected to zap my best eye rather than the one which required it most (albeit a very slight difference between the two). So if you are thinking of going through the same procedure, make sure you are 100% sure on what eye is to be operated on, and if there's any doubt, question it.

    I can only assume that the only reason that the original Optometrist chose to put my Right eye forward for Laser Surgery was that I mentioned that I would sometimes put a Contact Lens in my Right Eye before a night out in order that I could focus on the distance as well as close up. I did not mention that I would have preferred putting it in my Left eye, however it was not possible to keep it in this eye for any length of time due to the irritation it caused.

    I had planned being taking an early lunch, heading there to be zapped, then walking back to the office afterwards to finish off my shift, but apparently it isn't as simple as that, so Mrs R0m has stepped up to the mark and has kindly offered to ferry me homewards immeditely after the procedure.

    Fun thing to do today...to find out which eye is dominant, focus on a point in the near distance, bring your hands up in front of your face to block it out, then slowly create a small opening between your thumbs & forefingers so that you can see the object (TV Logo, light switch, socket etc), then move your hands slowly towards your eyes (without breaking your gaze) to find out your dominant eye (providing of course you aren't cross-dominant or one-eyed).

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    WOW!!!!!

    Im sitting here and can't believe what I just read.
    Ripping holes in pieces of paper to find out what's the best eye ball to work on??!!
    Had you no previous appointments with a someone before they started "zapping your eye balls"?
    Im afraid mate at that stage I would of got up and made my way home.

    Thats is crazy.

    Sounds like something in a back street job.

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    I had my surgery yesterday.

    I walked in 25 minutes early, was taken almost immediately for a quick chat, and to run another test on my (left) eye to make sure all was hunky dory. I then sat back down in the waiting room for a few minutes before being whisked away to the pre-op area, or should I say sasheyed away (snigger).

    Once there I was fitted for plastic overshoes, a natty hat, and a rather fetching gown. I had assumed that as I had seen umpteen movies and TV shows featuring hospital scenes, I would know how to put the gown on, but apparently I had it all wrong, so once I had apologised and put my clothes back on under the gown, I was ready to go.

    They placed me what looked like a dentists chair which had been reclined that much that it was horizontal. It brought me in mind of every single passenger who has ever sat in front of me during a flight.

    I positioned myself on the chair and the assistant put a couple of drops in my eye to numb it. At first it was cold and stung slightly, but it was more of a minor annoyance than anything else, so after a minute or so after that (so it seemed), she placed another drop or two in, but I didn't feel anything that time, so I was good to go.

    They swivelled me around and placed me under one of the machines for part #1 of the main procedure. I was asked to focus on a pinpoint of light. I felt something push against my eyeball for a few seconds while the assistance said "3-2-1". After that it was all over...a flap had been cut in my eyeball. I was kind of expecting someone to follow this up with "...and you're back in the room", however my main concern was that Ted Rogers had taken up residency in a Optical Surgery in Glasgow, however my fears were allayed once I remembered that he had passed away over 15 years ago during an Open-Heart surgery procedure.

    I still consider it uncanny that Ted passed over while on an operating table and I was reminded of his catchphrase when I was on an operating table. I've never been a great fan of his, but I do believe we now have a connection R.I.P. Ted, you were one of the best.

    Anyway...The surgeon then said "that's the sore part over with", which delighted me somewhat. And as it wasn't at all painful, was a bit of a bonus. To be honest, I knew that something was pressing against my eyeball, and it felt unnatural, but it was all over so quickly, I didn't have time to register it or do anything to counter the sensation. I knew that the weird sensation was beneficial (albeit feeling weird), and by the time I had processed and weighed these thoughts up & down, it was over and done with, and I was well on my way to recovery & 20/20 vision.

    Once completed, I was brought back again to the cental point between the two James Bond Villain Death Machines (sorry...Optical Enhancement Equipment Devices), where I lay for a moment to have other unnatural stuff done to my peep-hole.

    Although my vision in my left eye was blurred with the flap being cut, I could sense that stuff was still happening, and that this stage involved the surgeon peeling back the flap in order that the laser could do the biz.

    Part #2
    The surgeon then swivelled the chair to the other machine, and fitted me with a speculum. For the avoidance of doubt, this was an OPTICAL Speculum and not the other type, as that would be an entirely different operation altogether.

    I was reminded very briefly of Alex (A Clockwork Orange) while he was fitted with a speculum, however during his encounter, he was treated to all sorts of interesting visual delights, while in contrast I only had a flashing light and some blurred shapes as my visual entertainment.

    The Surgeon lined the laser up with my eye, while the delightful Ted Rogers impersonator once again announced "3-2-1", and that was that. The surgeon then cleaned the area, folded back the flap, and I was asked to go through to the post-op area where I wqs given my eye drops, night time gogggles, and after care instructions.

    On leaving the Surgery I could immediately see an improvement, but when I got into my car and my Wife started driving me home, the numbin gdrops started wearing off and I started feeling very slight discomfort.

    I can only describe the sensation as being like my eye being bruised, so I closed it during the journey home, but after an Ibuprofen and some eye drops, the feeling began to subside.

    On to the next day...

    I am am now able to drive and read without the need for glasses. I had surgery on one eye, so I have Omnivision. I'm delighted with it and am happy that I no longer need glasses.

    Best 1250 I have ever spent!!!

    This post brought to you by sheer elation, & a copious amount of Rum & Pep

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Seedy_r0m View Post
    I had my surgery yesterday.

    I walked in 25 minutes early, was taken almost immediately for a quick chat, and to run another test on my (left) eye to make sure all was hunky dory. I then sat back down in the waiting room for a few minutes before being whisked away to the pre-op area, or should I say sasheyed away (snigger).

    Once there I was fitted for plastic overshoes, a natty hat, and a rather fetching gown. I had assumed that as I had seen umpteen movies and TV shows featuring hospital scenes, I would know how to put the gown on, but apparently I had it all wrong, so once I had apologised and put my clothes back on under the gown, I was ready to go.

    They placed me what looked like a dentists chair which had been reclined that much that it was horizontal. It brought me in mind of every single passenger who has ever sat in front of me during a flight.

    I positioned myself on the chair and the assistant put a couple of drops in my eye to numb it. At first it was cold and stung slightly, but it was more of a minor annoyance than anything else, so after a minute or so after that (so it seemed), she placed another drop or two in, but I didn't feel anything that time, so I was good to go.

    They swivelled me around and placed me under one of the machines for part #1 of the main procedure. I was asked to focus on a pinpoint of light. I felt something push against my eyeball for a few seconds while the assistance said "3-2-1". After that it was all over...a flap had been cut in my eyeball. I was kind of expecting someone to follow this up with "...and you're back in the room", however my main concern was that Ted Rogers had taken up residency in a Optical Surgery in Glasgow, however my fears were allayed once I remembered that he had passed away over 15 years ago during an Open-Heart surgery procedure.

    I still consider it uncanny that Ted passed over while on an operating table and I was reminded of his catchphrase when I was on an operating table. I've never been a great fan of his, but I do believe we now have a connection R.I.P. Ted, you were one of the best.

    Anyway...The surgeon then said "that's the sore part over with", which delighted me somewhat. And as it wasn't at all painful, was a bit of a bonus. To be honest, I knew that something was pressing against my eyeball, and it felt unnatural, but it was all over so quickly, I didn't have time to register it or do anything to counter the sensation. I knew that the weird sensation was beneficial (albeit feeling weird), and by the time I had processed and weighed these thoughts up & down, it was over and done with, and I was well on my way to recovery & 20/20 vision.

    Once completed, I was brought back again to the cental point between the two James Bond Villain Death Machines (sorry...Optical Enhancement Equipment Devices), where I lay for a moment to have other unnatural stuff done to my peep-hole.

    Although my vision in my left eye was blurred with the flap being cut, I could sense that stuff was still happening, and that this stage involved the surgeon peeling back the flap in order that the laser could do the biz.

    Part #2
    The surgeon then swivelled the chair to the other machine, and fitted me with a speculum. For the avoidance of doubt, this was an OPTICAL Speculum and not the other type, as that would be an entirely different operation altogether.

    I was reminded very briefly of Alex (A Clockwork Orange) while he was fitted with a speculum, however during his encounter, he was treated to all sorts of interesting visual delights, while in contrast I only had a flashing light and some blurred shapes as my visual entertainment.

    The Surgeon lined the laser up with my eye, while the delightful Ted Rogers impersonator once again announced "3-2-1", and that was that. The surgeon then cleaned the area, folded back the flap, and I was asked to go through to the post-op area where I wqs given my eye drops, night time gogggles, and after care instructions.

    On leaving the Surgery I could immediately see an improvement, but when I got into my car and my Wife started driving me home, the numbin gdrops started wearing off and I started feeling very slight discomfort.

    I can only describe the sensation as being like my eye being bruised, so I closed it during the journey home, but after an Ibuprofen and some eye drops, the feeling began to subside.

    On to the next day...

    I am am now able to drive and read without the need for glasses. I had surgery on one eye, so I have Omnivision. I'm delighted with it and am happy that I no longer need glasses.

    Best 1250 I have ever spent!!!

    This post brought to you by sheer elation, & a copious amount of Rum & Pep
    I do not like the sound of this eyeball peeling device they have .

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    I do not like the sound of this eyeball peeling device they have .
    Just imagine cutting a small, fine circle in a pickled onion, peeling it over and folding it back on itself, then after a few seconds returning it to where it once belonged.

    Honestly...you don't have time to think about what's happening, it's over and done with so quickly.

    Knowing then what I know now, I would have no hesitation in going through the procedure again.

    I've got a couple of different medicated eye drops to put in 4 x each day for the first week, as well as some artificial tears, but these are not causing me any problems. In addition to this, I've got to wear some fancy goggles to bed to minimise the risk of me rubbing my eye while I sleep.

    They're not the fanciest goggles I've ever worn, and look like a cross between Bono's spec's, and Ant-Mans shades, however seeing as I'm wearing them during the hours of darkness, no-one else will ever see me with them on. Besides, if my house is ever invaded during my recovery, I reckon I'll have the upper hand for the first few minutes as the intruder gets to grips wondering if I am indeed the real bona fide Ant-Man, or just a tribute act, thus garnering me some precious seconds while I affect my escape.

    on re-reading my posts, I think that my eyesight is the very least of my problems.

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment

    Just to add...

    On my first day check-up after the op', the Optician took me into a darkened room and asked me if I could read the bottom line of a chart. Instead of reading it out, I asked her if she "had anything smaller?" She replaced the chart with a slightly smaller one, and I again I asked the question. This was repeated a few times until I got to a chart where it was at the very edge of my focus. I read the letters perfectly, and to my delight, the Optician announced that reading the top row perfectly would indicate 20/20 vision, however I was now a few levels beyond that.

    I'm still chuffed with the way it went, and have absolutely no regrets. My prescription was pretty light (-0.1 in a lens), so if I'm feeling this way after the procedure, then someone with a heavier prescription would be doing cartwheels about now (wearing Ant-Man glasses of course).

    I'm off to slip on my crime-fighting glasses, see you in the morrow citizens.

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    It's incomprehensible the difference it can make. It can take your brain a couple of years to get used to the difference. I only had one eye LASIK'd and around two years later my brain acknowledged that my bad eye was now my good eye (slightly better than the other). Interestingly I had heard they had changed the way they did the surgery although reading your post it sounds identical to my procedure (which was 14 years ago) but I guess it varies case from case. It was concerning having to initial and sign the 14 page disclaimer before the surgery. One thing to watch out for though, is driving a dusk/night. You may experience the headlights bluring your vision, I meant to get some of those yellow driving glasses but never got around to doing so, I'm kinda used to it now!

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    Re: EYE Lazer treatment


    Very interesting thread. Now that I am heading towards my mid-50's I am finding it increasingly difficult to focus on close-up stuff. Even the laptop is a struggle without reading spec's, and my policy of annually up-sizing my phone might soon mean I'll be answering calls on a full-size iPad! Low light is the biggest enemy and as I still work with small, intricate stuff, the failing sight is becoming increasingly frustrating.
    Now, most laser success stories I've read have been for short-sightedness. My far-sight is still very good, I certainly do not need spec's for driving. And I'd like to keep it that way.
    So does anyone know if the treatment can have the same miracle-benefits for far-sighters like myself?

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