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    I would love to get it done but its a money thing for me. I have private health insurance though, did this make a difference? How much does it cost?I'm -4.5 in both eyes so it would be life changing for me!

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    I had it done 2 years ago in Brisbane. Best thing I ever did.
    I mainly wore contacts. A huge -0.75 both eyes. Lol.

    Just enough to need correction or it drove me batty.

    I had LASIK. Took 3 months for full effect post procedure, but magnificent!

    Cost me $2400 per eye. Had it done Tuesday after assessment, final check Saturday morning. Then I drove home 13 hours.

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    I'd love to have it done. I'd looked into cost and what not and was about to start the ball rolling, I went to have a check up and swap back to extended wear lenses only to discover my sight had worsened! So I will wait I guess until after we have a baby...which could be years!!

    Has anyone had it done in Adelaide? It's the closest to us

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    I had it done in 2004. Best money ever spent. Around $4800 then. I did have a few glare issues and I always wear sunnies out and about now but nothing major. I have noticed recently that it's starting to feel not so clear looking in the distance again. I'll need to get it checked out as I have a lifetime warranty that if it reverts I get further LASIK surgery at no additional cost. It's not scary at all I promise

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippi View Post
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    I would love to get it done but its a money thing for me. I have private health insurance though, did this make a difference? How much does it cost?I'm -4.5 in both eyes so it would be life changing for me!
    My understanding is that it is not covered under any private health insurance. But it works out cheaper than spending money on glasses and contact lenses over a number of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    I was warned at the time that I was borderline for whether or not they would do it, because I have ginormous pupils. A side effect (if you have big pupils) is that you can get the 'halo effect' around lights at night. I wanted to go ahead, and did so. I do get the halo effect, which means that I can see a soft fuzzy halo of light around lights at night time. I can still drive, etc.
    I know when I start seeing the Halo of light it means my script could do with updating... Do you think if you get the halo of light after surgery it means that your vision isn't quite 20/20? Close enough not to matter, but still not exact?

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    I had my eyes done in 2005. Due to the shape of my corneas I wasn't suitable for LASIK but I had the old style PRK laser performed. On the day of the op I was given some Valium and some local anaesthetic eye drops. I went in for the procedure and it was painless. Spent about half an hour in "recovery" where the put more drops in my eyes etc and then Mum took me home. I had a check up the following day, and then a week later I went back to get the "bandaid" contact lenses taken out. I was out of action for a week. I spent that time in the dark at home (bright lights hurt my eyes) and listened to movies as I couldn't watch them. It was the hardest week of my life. I wanted to scratch my eyes out as it constantly felt like I had gritty sand in them. I was taking panadeine 15 regularly and Mum got me some sleeping tablets too so I could knock myself out when it got too much. After the bandaid lenses were removed, I was all good to go. I haven't looked back. Despite how it felt, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I think for memory it was about $5000. I had it done at the Laser Sight Centre on Astor Tce in Spring Hill (Brisbane). Lifetime guarantee (excluding age related degeneration) as well, so I'm pretty happy with that!

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    I had LASIK done by the same surgeon as TeBe, over 10 years ago when I was in my mid 20s. It is now one of my most regretful decisions.

    As it transpires, I have underlying eye issues which mean I never should have been offered the surgery. However, that particular surgeon and his team either didn't notice or didn't care- they were happy to shuffle me through as another number and pocket their fee.

    I had the LASIK, then a few months later had it redone, as the first attempt wasn't completely successful. I remember the surgeon actually yelling at me during the second procedure that I wasn't keeping my eye still. I thought I was, and it turns out that my "wobble" is part of my eye condition.

    A few weeks later, I complained about bluriness in part of my vision in one eye, and was told by him that I was imagining it. (Yep, he apparently knew what I could see better than I could). A few weeks again, and it was worse. I went back and was told that I now had a catatact in that eye, but no problem, he'd fix it.

    At this point I'd finally realised that not all ophthalmologists are the same in skill level and quality of care, and no way was I entrusting my precious vision to this person yet again. So, I did my research and discovered a wonderful opthom who works at the Lions Eye Institute and went to see him.

    It turns out my lens had formed a cataract (worse than he'd previously seen in anyone my age) and had also dislocated. I ended up needing complicated surgery to remove the old lens and physically suture a new one in place. It is thanks to this second man that I still have vision in two eyes, and there is concern that the other eye shows signs it may go the same way sooner or later. He was aghast that the first opthom had not identified the issue (or had ignored it) and had performed the LASIK.

    So, the upshot of my cautionary tale is- if you really want the surgery, shop around. Check with a few surgeons that they think you are suitable. And consider somewhere like the Lions Eye Institute, where they are more concerned about your overall eye health and less concerned about pocketing a fee than some of the exclusively LASIK clinics. Also, put it off as long as possible, because your eyes change so much with time.


 

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