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For those that don't know, I recently has Lasik surgery. In my search for the right doctor, my own eye doctor recommended a man in Orlando. He said that if he was sending his wife to someone, it would only be Dr. Bird.

Price wise, he was more than some of the locals, but I just kept thinking that "This is my eyes! I don't want to take chances."

Everyone kept bringing up this "Dr. Phil Letouski" that advertises all over the place (especially radio) and you can "buy one eye and get the other done for free." (Most doctors do price per eye.)

This was a definate No Way for me. I was not going to have someone that advertised like this work on my eyes.

Well, this is what HSM just sent me. News Link

Thank you Dr. Bird for your awesome office, awesome staff and awesome success rate!

I can see!

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See...always listen to that inner voice.

How cool to see without glasses now!

I want to get that done sometime this year, our insurance will pay 80%

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Yep, my eye doc told me specifically she did not want me getting it done through a "cattle call" doctor. She referred me to a great specialist/surgeon. So I paid a little more, but oh so worth it!

It's great being able to see, isn't it?!?!

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How are you liking your Lasik? I so want it, but insurance says no. Maybe in a few years when I have a job and hopefully better insurance.

On a side note, a coworker of my mom's retired and moved to Florida, where he had Lasik that made him permanently blind. Wonder if it's the same Dr.?

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I love my Lasik - hands down the best money I have ever, ever spent. I was near sighted in one eye, far sighted in the other, with an astigmatism. I'd had glasses or contacts since I was a child - think Kindergarten.

My vision now is 20/15. No more getting dirt under my contacts when I'm working and grooming the horses! No more pushing glasses back up my nose when my allergies are too bad to wear my contacts. The benefits go on and on...

But, researching your doctors qualifications and references are a must - just like any other surgery you would consider having.

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My husband had lasik years and years ago by Dr. Woodham in Atlanta. He has not had problems since and is still free of glasses.

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I want to get my hubby lasik, he's practically blind without glasses but it's just bad near sightedness. I don't know how much of a candidate he would be but I'd like to look into it. He's afraid though if something goes wrong, because he can't take much time off work, and he HAS to be able to keep working (i.e. going blind wouldn't work as we don't have insurance or anything that would keep us up and running and we couldn't afford for something to go wrong). Unfortunately we're way up north so he's considering a doctor in Canada as he's heard they're better? I have no idea, but anyway, good for you for checking stuff out and going with your gut.

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Wow, I'm glad you listened!

I would love to get Lasik but Ima scaredy-cat. I get all these "what-if's" going through my head. I would just love to be able to open my eyes in the morning and be able to see the clock.haha I talked to my eye Dr. and she said my eyes would be good canidates but my cousin was telling me all about it and it's just creepy.

Did you have any problems??

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I've had zero problems. No pain. Immediately after surgery I could see about 50% better (blind as a bat here) and the next morning I had 20/20 vision. The only side affect has been dry eyes (was told before hand that is normal) and the dry eyes cause problems for me reading the computer screen. I have to frequetnly re-wet with drops and they said to expect that for up to 30 days.

I just determined not to spend time thinking about the actual procedure itself. I figure they know what they are doing and I can't let myself get freaked out by it. It was easy to do. In and out in about 30 minutes.

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Glad it worked out for you. Hubby keeps telling me to check it out, but I have no clue as to how to find the best Doctor that does it. I am scared I would end up with the no so good one.

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See...always listen to that inner voice.

How cool to see without glasses now!

I want to get that done sometime this year, our insurance will pay 80%

I would love some more info on your insurance. I am not a good candidate for lasik & would require implanted contact lenses which runs between 8 and 10K. I have yet to be able to find any insurance that will even cover half of the costs of something like this.

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For me, and how severe my eyesight was - it actually takes a matter of seconds under the laser - I had 19 seconds on one eye, and 11 seconds on the other eye. The rest of the time is all the pre-op testing, and waiting for numbing drops to take effect, and placing the "bandage" contacts in that I had to wear for 24 hours. Even the flap work was a matter of a minute or so for each eye.

LOL they tried to get me to take a Valium before I went to the office that morning, and I told them "NO - that will make me freak me out!"

After surgery, my BFF and I went and ate a quick lunch, and I headed straight to the barn because I had a horse with colic that was stalled and I needed to check on him. But I followed all of the instructions to the "T", and didn't skimp on anything. You will have a rigid after care program but all it takes is a little dicipline and a watch with an alarm on it

The cost seems expensive, but my cost ($3000.00 total) also included a full year of follow up care and appointments, and free tweaking if it was needed at a later date. A lot of places also have payment plans and financing options available. But once you factor in the ton of money I was spending on prescrip glasses, contacts, prescrip sunglasses, and all the cleaners and chemicals, it has already paid for itself.

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I worry about the side effects, halo's at night to be specific. My husband's friend had it done but they let the almighty dollar dictate everything and only searched for the cheapest doctor. (we teased them and said that he had a hamster runing on a wheel to power his machine) but now he has a very hard time driving at night, if he is even able to do it at all.

I think our insurance will cover something like 60% but I'm still on the fence. My eyesight is not really all that bad either but glasses and contacts are just a pain.

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I had Lasik immediately following cataract surgery (both eyes). That was in 2004. The doctor at the clinic my job sent me to for my physical found the cataracts. I was only 47 at the time, wore contact lenses, and was at the strongest prescription made, and still had to wear glasses. When all was done, and my eyes stabilized, my vision was 20/25, where it remains. My insurance covered most of it; I only had to pay a co-pay of $50 per eye, since it involved a medical condition (cataracts). It feels good to be able to wear off the rack sunglasses. So glad you followed your instincts, and went to a better doctor, instead of the chop shop. It feels good to be able to see, dosen't it?

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Mine was even easier than TxPalomino-Kim's: Maybe 20 minutes at the doctor. No contact bandages for me; just those ugly wrap-around shades. :winking: I could see better as soon as the surgery was done. I went home and took a nap, and that was it: I could see well.

I went back for a few aftercare check-ups but haven't needed to be seen there since. I get regular eye exams, of course.

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