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My LASIK Eye Surgery

Updated on January 3, 2016

Laser Eye Surgery

More than 20 years after my laser eye surgery to correct my myopia I am still happy with the results.

LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. The name is actually short for "laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis." LASIK surgery reduces or eliminates the use of glasses or contact lenses used to compensate refraction problems. Refraction problems are caused by a defect on the shape of the cornea. LASIK surgery works permanently changing this shape.

There are several refractive surgery procedures intended to improve the focusing power of the eye. In the case of LASIK, this improvement is made by removing corneal tissue with the help of a special laser. On average, LASIK Eye Surgery takes less than 30 minutes and it is painless.

The Human Eye

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My Laser Eye Surgery In The UK Almost 20 Years Ago

When I met my husband, we were both very short-sighted. For the very first weeks we tried to hide it from each other as neither of us was comfortable wearing glasses. However, we kept bumping into lamp posts and greeting the wrong people from a distance! Finally, we had to own up to the fact that we were short-sighted.

For a while we went on like that, wearing glasses or contact lenses to go out, until my husband came with a video. I thought we were going to watch a comedy, instead it was a little introduction to Lasik eye surgery. My husband was fascinated with the procedure. I couldn't watch it, I was in pain just thinking about it, but my husband was taken by the concept. A month later my husband was coming out of a clinic in Manchester, he had his first eye done. He was so happy with the results that six months later he was having his second eye done.

Lasik Eye Surgery Results 20 Years Later

At the time, Lasik was a relatively new procedure in the UK. so I had to wait until I was 21 before I could have my eyes done. Now almost 20 years later we still happy with the results of the surgery. So far we have not needed glasses or lenses and we have enjoyed an excellent sight.

LASIK eye surgery operation performed by Dr. Gregg Feinerman, M.D. of the Feinerman Vision Center in Newport Beach, California.

How Does LASIK Eye Surgery Work

An instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser. The surgeon folds the flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using a laser. The laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.

Don't worry, it sounds awful but in actuality you don't feel a thing. The surgery is fast and painless.

Why is LASIK so popular?

LASIK has advantages over other procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision is usually achieved almost immediately, or at least by the very next day.

Advantages Of LASIK Eye Surgery

  • LASIK Eye Surgery Laser vision correction gives most people the freedom to enjoy their normal daily activities without the dependence of corrective lenses.
  • It also allows people to pursue careers that they would not have been eligible for without excellent vision.
  • In general, laser vision correction can make your life much simpler and more enjoyable.

Suitability Questions For Those Wanting To Have LASIK Eye Surgery

  • Does your job prohibit refractive surgery?
  • Do you use contact lenses or glasses?
  • Do you have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye disease (refractive errors are considered eye disorders, not diseases)?
  • Do you have or have you ever had any problems with your eyes other than needing glasses or contacts?
  • Do you take steroids or other drugs that might prevent healing?
  • Has your prescription changed in the last year?
  • Do you use glasses/contact_lenses only some of the time? Do you need an unusually strong prescription?
  • Are your pupils extra large in dim conditions?
  • Do you have thin corneas?
  • Do you have dry eyes?
  • Do you have mild to moderate myopia (nearsightedness) within the range of treatment?

Lasik Surgery and its Risks

You Are Probably Not Suitable For LASIK Eye Surgery If

• You are partially sighted or are blind in one eye, have Crohns or collagen disease

• You have rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, lupus, glaucoma or have ever had herpes in the eye

• You’re amblyopic (if caused by severe short-sight or astigmatism – see ICL treatment)

• You have a squint or prism which is not corrected or tolerated by contact lenses.

© 2009 Wendy Iturrizaga


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      lasiksurgerydallas 7 years ago

      very useful hub!

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      DallasCustomLasik 7 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks Princessa for sharing very useful information.

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      s y 7 years ago

      very useful hub!

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      Hamzah.A.Hussain 7 years ago

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      C.T scan of orbits showed severe distention of both globes, optic nerves, some rec-ti muscles still can be seen.

      he was started on topical treatment while waiting for his general condition to be stable

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      jay: I hope your surgery went well.

      BeccaHubbardWoods: I would recommend lasik eye surgery anytime. It worked wonders for me and my husband.

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      Mizzery Chick 8 years ago from Outside your window...

      My husband has been considering LASIK for a while. Thanks for the very informative hub I can point him to.

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      jay 8 years ago

      thanks princessa. u answer me thts really so sweet of u. actually i read and heard many risks and side effects of lasik specially long term. thts y i m scared. i m 24 years old and my prescription is -7.00 and -6.25. people write on internet tht it think ur cornea and this and tht and person with lasik could again come to its precription. i have one baby. i was just think tht if i plan baby in future so in my pregnancy my eye sight again effect..very confused.. my surgery is on friday day after tomorrow.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Hi jay, don't panic. My surgery went really easy, I was a bit aprehensive but it went very smooth. It did not hurt at all and the day after I was already seeing great results, I felt like wonderwoman being able to see so clear again!

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      jay 8 years ago

      my lasik operation is on friday 16th october.i m very confused. please let me know how it work for me on . please write me ur expreiences plz

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      dyesebel10 8 years ago from USA

      Excellent hub! Thanks for the info.

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      salmanali123 8 years ago

      really beuty eyes thi is

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Excellent, informative hub. It will help a lot of people

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      WOw - great info. I have wondered about this but I now wear multifocals after ebign free for over 20 years. Do you know if Lasix would work for that, or am I DOOMED? lol :D

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Philipo : thanks for commenting :)

      badcompany99: 1013 now :-), great way to start the weekend!

      sixtyorso: great hub on how you had your cataract removed. I hope it all works out great for you.

      Gypsy Willow: I would recommended to anyone, my experience is so positive that I am all for it.

      jim10: At the time we were a bit concerned about long term side effects, but fortunately it seems that there is none, at least not so far and our eyesight still as good as it was just after the op.

      ethel smith : The treatment was expensive when we had it, but on the long term, we have save more than that in glasses and lenses. It was well worth the money.

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      Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks for sharing your exerience,Princessa. Glad to know it works well even after 10 years. Though it is expensive,it is well worth it.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I've a friend who had lasik and she was able to throw her contact lenses away. :-) Great and informative hub. It does pay to know the pros and cons and the conditions needed to have this type of "surgery."

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I would love to have laser surgery but unfortunately it would not help me as I have both short sight and long sight problems. Still you never know your eyesight changes over time so perhaps some time in the future I may be a suitable candidate.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I've been wondering about that but to have someone mess with my eyes while I'm awake sends me into a panic attack.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I wish my eyes were suitable for this but they are not. I am starting with cataracts and I am hoping that the surgery will improve my sight in lots of ways. Great Hub. Laser surgey works out far cheaper than buying glasses over and over again

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      Thanks for sharing. It is great to know LASIK worked so well for you. I currently wear contacts and my eye doctor has been hounding me forever to get LASIK done. At the beginning the price seemed too high but, I think it has gone down and the procedure has supposedly gotten even better in which he maps the eye before the surgery for a better outcome. I will probably give it a try eventually. I'm glad to know someone is doing well after 10 years with it. I was a little hesitant about the affect over time.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for giving this surgery a thumbs up

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      Clive Fagan 8 years ago from South Africa

      I have had a cataract removed and as a result the astigmatism which had been cured by eye exercise is back. So now I need multifocals . I only needed reading glasses originally but since the cataract my vision is actually worse in that eye. Because of the glass lens I am not a candidate for Lasik but I can have the lens removed and replaced with a corrective lens but I dont want to go down that route. I am now about to try contacts for the first time. So we will see. my long vision is perfect.

      Great hub great information.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks for the advice.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      dianacharles: it has been one of the best things I have ever done concerning my health. I would recommend it anytime; as I said, more than 10 years later I still enjoy an excellent vision.

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      Thank you for this hub. Have heard so many pros and cons of LASIK surgery, but it is good to hear from someone who has actually undergone it. Now I only need to pluck up the guts :P